Cyanogen wanted to kill Android, but is now shuttering its services and OS instead as part of a pivot

Cyanogen – the ambitious startup that once aimed at building a better version of Android than Google, thereby taking Android’s control into its own hands – has previously laid off staff, let go of its CEO and parted ways with another co-founder — now it is shutting down its services and nightly software builds on December 31. The news was announced in a brief blog post released late on Friday.


“As part of the ongoing consolidation of Cyanogen, all services and Cyanogen-supported nightly builds will be discontinued no later than 12/31/16. The open source project and source code will remain available for anyone who wants to build CyanogenMod personally,” the company posted on its website. The company has been in the news for its “consolidation” efforts ever since the reports of its laying off 30 out of its 136 employees — about 20 percent of its workforce — surfaced.

If you have a device that’s running on Cyanogen OS, such as One Plus One and Lenovo ZUK Z1, you might need to switch to the Cyanogenmod custom rom instead, or you could elsewhere for other roms. If you wish to stay updated that is.

This in essence is an end to Cyanogen Inc’s ambitious goals about Android. The company’s outspoken former CEO Kirk McMaster once claimed his company was “putting a bullet through Google’s head,” but now it is transitioning to a different approach that new CEO Lior Tal believes will be more attractive to OEMs.

The company is expected to move away from the Cyanogen OS and work instead on apps. For this purpose, the company had launched a Mod platform in February 2016.

Source: Cyanogen

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