Latest in Android

Image credit:

Cyanogen is now a company, aims to be third major mobile ecosystem

14 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

CyanogenMod has grown unusually quickly in the past several months, polishing its custom Android firmware and introducing new services. We now know why the team has been so busy -- it's quietly been operating as a full-fledged company since April. The newly announced Cyanogen Inc., led by Boost Mobile co-founder Kirt McMaster, is devoted solely to building CyanogenMod as a platform. Some of the project's veteran developers are now full-time staff, including Steve Kondik (CTO) and Koushik Dutta (VP of Engineering). Read on to learn what the company has in store, including its hopes of eventually competing on the same level as heavy-hitters like Apple and Google.

For now, Cyanogen is focused on refining its experience. The company's next move will be to release an app that simplifies the currently "horrific" CyanogenMod installation process, Kondik says. The installer should reach the Google Play Store in a few weeks, with support expanding from a smaller group of CyanogenMod-friendly devices to include as much hardware as possible. Cyanogen isn't divulging its long-term roadmap, but it notes that CyanogenMod's simple personalization and new account features are representative of what we can expect in the future. At present, there are no plans to charge CyanogenMod users. There's a partnership with an unnamed hardware manufacturer in the works, but Cyanogen is otherwise exploring many potential business models.

Ultimately, the firm wants to address the problems that plague all mobile operating systems, including Android. While there are no intentions of dropping Google's platform, the Cyanogen team also isn't a fan of Android's tendency toward bloatware, insecure data and devices stuck on old OS versions. The developers hope that CyanogenMod will become the third major platform in the smartphone market. It would offer more flexibility than closed platforms like iOS or Windows Phone, but it would also provide a leaner, better supported and more secure alternative to some of the Android releases available today. Climbing to third place or higher in market share is a very lofty goal when the company has yet to clinch big hardware deals. However, we also haven't seen a well-known custom ROM team go professional before -- the possibilities are open.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
14 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

Engadget's Guide to Privacy

Engadget's Guide to Privacy

View
Google Chrome now offers better theme customization and tab grouping

Google Chrome now offers better theme customization and tab grouping

View
Leaked screenshots show how Apple's tracker tags might work

Leaked screenshots show how Apple's tracker tags might work

View
Tesla targets Nürburgring EV record next month

Tesla targets Nürburgring EV record next month

View
Mark Zuckerberg visited Donald Trump at the White House

Mark Zuckerberg visited Donald Trump at the White House

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr