Cyanogen Inc. announced today that it has hired Stephen Lawler who was Amazon’s engineering leader as Senior Vice President of Engineering. Also Karthick Iyer who was Qualcomm’s Android engineering lead as Vice President of Global Systems. Their plan is to have Lawler oversee engineering for the company worldwide while Iyer will lead systems engineering.
Looks like we aren’t going to see the Alcatel OneTouch Hero 2+ get released anytime soon, or ever. Alcatel OneTouch and Cyanogen have both announced they will not release the phone after all.
A new distribution partnership between Cyanogen and Playphone has been inked, placing the latter’s social game store on Cyanogen OS devices in select international markets. Playphone’s catalog of games, most of which are free-to-play titles, mirror what you would expect from Google’s Play Store. There are popular titles such as Cut the Rope 2 and Final Fantasy III as well as smaller ones like Acorn Buster. While the markets to see Playphone pre-installed on Cyanogen OS were not named, we expect emerging markets to be the target. Playphone has shifted its focus to emerging markets where mobile gaming may not be as popular.
There is not yet a specified date for when Cyanogen OS devices will ship with Playphone.
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Developers working with software developed by Cyanogen have access to a new open source platform SDK that is loaded with APIs from the company itself and the CyanogenMod community.
Over the next few months, Cyanogen should have a stronger force in penetrating emerging markets. The software developer has plans to hire talent for an office that would open this summer in either Bangalore or Dehli. The new office in India would be home to as many as fifty employees, all helping Cyanogen bring its software to the billions of people located in that part of the world.
Expect to see Cyanogen acquire startups, too, as a way to expand its portfolio.
Via: Fone Arena
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