Cyanogen Inc., the company formed to oversee the continued development of CyanogenMod, announced new branding today. While they promise the character of Cid will continue to be used, especially in reference to the community of CyanogenMod supporters, a new logo was revealed in the announcement. Cyanogen says the new logo is meant to invoke the idea of “tools and building” as the project is intended to help users create a smartphone experience that is unique to them. » Read the rest
Whether or not CyanogenMod is your favorite ROM, it is by far and away the most popular Android ROM. With a new company and funding, Cyanogen has big plans to bring ROMing to the mainstream. In order to do that, they need to secure some of the best talent in the ROM community. If you can grab someone from one of your best competitors, that never hurts.
That is exactly what Cyanogen just did. They grabbed Android Open Kang Project (AOKP) founder, Roman Birg. AOKP might not be as popular as CyanogenMod, but they built up a pretty loyal following over the last couple of years. Congratulations Roman, I am sure you will be a great addition to the Cyanogen team.
Cyanogen’s future is looking pretty good at the moment. It was three months ago when the company formed with $7 million in funding, but it wasn’t nearly enough for their plans. They just secured another $23 million from Andreessen Horowitz, which could help them bring CyanogenMod to TVs, wearables, and cars.
However, there is still a lot of work regarding mobile phones and tablets. Their ultimate goal is to give mainstream consumers the power and freedom to customize their device easily. This will most likely happen in late 2014 or early 2015.
A couple days ago CM11 M1 was released to most Nexus devices, but we didn’t see nightly releases enabled for others. Well CyanogenMod has now enabled nightly releases of CM11 for every device that supports it!
Android 4.4.1 has also been merged into the code stream of CyanogenMod 11, so CM updates are up to date. Device maintainers for CM will perform these updates for their respective devices. You can find a full list of devices supported by hitting the source link.
Cyanogen has already made available the first Milestone release of CyanogenMod 11, which is based on KitKat. It’s only available for Nexus devices, but only the ones that are “actively AOSP supported”, which means the Nexus 5, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (all variants), and Nexus 10.
This is a new method for the Cyanogen team as they usually release Nightlies at this point, but not allow bug reports. While, M1 will only be available to these select devices, users will be able issue bug reports, although they do feel things are pretty stable at this point.
Other devices such as the Galaxy Nexus and non-Nexus devices will be part of the Nightlies, which should be available in the near future.
According to undisclosed sources, Cyanogen, Inc. is working on producing an “official” CyanogenMod smartphone powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8974AC processor running at 2.5GHz, a slight step up from the current crop of devices running Snapdragon 800 chips at 2.4GHz. Reports indicate the device will be built specifically to run CyanogenMod, although it is unclear what other physical differences there may be compared with something like the Oppo N1 that supports CyanogenMod. Speaking of Oppo, although they were quick out of the gate to support Cyanogen with a special edition of the N1 that comes with CyanogenMod pre-installed, no one is saying whether they will be selected as the OEM for the new device. Another player in the Chinese market, Gionee, has surfaced as a possible contender via their upcoming ELIFE E6 device. » Read the rest
After many leaks and teases, the OPPO N1 has finally been unveiled in Beijing. The N1 has plenty of features, but probably the biggest standout is the 206-degree rotating camera. Also included is Pure Image, which is a hardware and software photography solution. It includes six physical lenses, a 1/3.06 imaging module, and f/2.0 wide aperture. The N1 also includes a light-diffusing LED flash, which includes a normal flash for back facing shots and a softer diffused light for front facing shots. Users can also adjust the brightness. Opening the camera app fast has always been an issue, but not with the N1. Users can open the camera in just 0.6 seconds from a sleeping screen via a simple 120-degree rotation. Lastly, the N1 supports long exposure photography of up to 8 seconds.
News involving Cyanogen seems to keep surfacing at a frequent pace. After founder Steve Kondik teased the company’s involvement in Oppo’s September 23 event, light shed on their potential plans. An internal conversation revealed that Cyanogen needs to piggyback off of a manufacturer because of the Compatibility Test Suite for Android; therefore, this is why they are likely using Oppo as a launching pad. Once they have a manufacturer to work with, Cyanogen would be able to gain access to Google Apps. Being able to use Google Apps is of course a pivotal part of their next phase.
Google Apps contain the proprietary Google applications that come pre-installed with most android devices. Due to licensing restrictions, these apps cannot come pre-installed with CyanogenMod and must be installed separately. CyanogenMod does not require Google Apps to function properly, however, to take full advantage of the Android system, Google Apps are recommended.
Shortly after yesterday’s announcement that Cyanogen, Inc. was formed, Steve Kondik and Koushik Dutta took to Reddit to answer questions about their plans. It was already revealed that they would offer a one-click installer for both Android and Windows. More details will be announced next week, but they did say that it will support all devices that CyanogenMod currently supports, which means any devices that can be unlocked. However, if there isn’t a legitimate manufacturer-supplied method, they might not support it.
The team at CyanogenMod announced today that they have formed a new company, Cyanogen Inc., to keep the mobile platform moving forward. The formation of the new company actually took place earlier this year in April, after several months of pitching the idea to potential investors. Part of the impetus for this move was to remove the barriers and challenges present in trying to scale the kind of growth the CyanogenMod community was experiencing.
Steve Kondik, the CTO for the new company, says the goals are “straighforward”:
* Organize, lead, and support our community
* Create amazing user experience centered around how YOU work
* Security solutions that really work
* Stay committed to building the features our users need
* No junk
* Constant updates
* Available on everything, to everyone
Cyanogen indicates that they still recognize their biggest asset is the community and they intend to continue to support the community. The change in structure will help put the next steps for CM within reach. That includes becoming a player in the market on the level of Google and Android by offering a mobile platform that avoids the problem of closed platforms like iOS for Apple and some of the issues that Google’s Android is subject to, like bloatware.
What do you think of this move by the CyanogenMod team? Do you think they will succeed in gaining a significant portion of the mobile operating system market?
source: Cyanogen Inc.