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Cyanogen: We have more users than Windows Mobile and BlackBerry combined

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Cyanogen: We have more users than Windows Mobile and BlackBerry combined
According to Cyanogen employee Adnan Begovic, who made the statement on Saturday at the Seattle Code Rush developer event, the company has 50 million users around the world and is employed by more mobile device owners than Windows Mobile and BlackBerry. Combined. Things are picking up quickly for the developer. As recently as December 2013, the OS developer had just 10 million installations.

Originally available to replace Android on rooted handsets, Cyanogen has now become available as the native OS on a small number of phones. In fact, Cyanogen ran the OnePlus One when the device was first launched. Cyanogen subsequently made a deal in India to exclusively power the Yu Yureka line of entry-level handsets in the country, a move which forced OnePlus to develop its own Android based OS.

The advantage of using Cyanogen on your Android phone is that it gives you many levels of customization that cannot be found on Android. Your phone is very much your own creation with Cyanogen installed.
 
There is some controversy about why Begovic specifically mentioned Windows Mobile in his comparison statement, and not Windows Phone. It might have to do with the fact that Windows 10 Mobile has not yet launched, and Windows Mobile has been a dead OS for years. Regardless, the point is that Cyanogen is running on a large number of phones. Sure, it is not enough to get Google worried for now, and it might never be the disruptive force that Cyanogen CEO Kirt McMaster wants it to be. But considering its humble beginnings, Cyanogen has been quite a success story, and it is far from being over.

Cyanogen has 50 million users says Adnan Begovic

Cyanogen has 50 million users says Adnan Begovic


source: Cyanogen via AndroidCentral

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posted on 09 Aug 2015, 00:16 5

1. DirtyDan23 (Posts: 279; Member since: 12 Aug 2014)


Neato

posted on 09 Aug 2015, 05:34 19

17. AnTuTu (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


Cyanogen: We have more BUGS than Windows Mobile and BlackBerry combined :p

posted on 09 Aug 2015, 06:20 5

18. brrunopt (Posts: 742; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


Except , its not true ...

http://wmpoweruser.com/no-at-50-million-users-cyanogen-does-not-have-more-users-than-windows-phone/

posted on 09 Aug 2015, 07:12 7

26. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


It is true. Windows mobile and windows phone are not the same.

posted on 09 Aug 2015, 08:03 9

32. brrunopt (Posts: 742; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


So, the guy from Cyanogen is just trying to be "misleading" ..

posted on 09 Aug 2015, 10:59 3

38. corporateJP (Posts: 2431; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


No, the guys at Anusogen are full of themselves.

When they talk, the only thing anyone should be hearing or taking to heart is "blah blah blah".

posted on 09 Aug 2015, 11:43

41. zacsaturday (Posts: 209; Member since: 09 May 2014)


Basically, its like the cold war all over again. Who cares about being the first in space when your on the moon first. Which is what i'm researching right now for one of my many tests over the holidays, which is what i'm supposed to be doing now, not getting preoccupied.

posted on 09 Aug 2015, 14:40

47. M.O.A.B (Posts: 172; Member since: 13 Feb 2015)


both of you are right ,,, but iam wondering about that enthusiast guy who wrote the article at wmpoweruser.com ,, man he was so excited to defend WP that he didn't even bother to take a minute to realize that cyanogenmod employee was actually talking about windows mobile NOT windows phone !!

i myself really thought he was talking about windows phone until i read TyrionLannister comment but i wont rush to write an article in that way ... at least when i see windows phone sales figure i will feel something is wrong ....

some people just need to relax !

posted on 09 Aug 2015, 16:20

48. sgodsell (Posts: 3627; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Clearly math is not one of your strong points. Q2 2015 WP sold 8 million devices. Q1 2015 WP sold around 9 million devices. Before that Q4 2014 9 million devices sold. Q3 2014 WP sold 10 million.

You do know that WP has a tiny market share which means tiny sales. Android sells more devices in one quarter then WP has sold in its entire history since WP came out 5 years ago. This is 100% a fact.

posted on 09 Aug 2015, 23:09

51. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


No! He is ply stated a fact. His software is running on phones being used is more than Windows Mobile or Black Kerry OS. Why is that misleacing?
Windows MO Ile isn't Windows Phone

posted on 09 Aug 2015, 18:39

49. lyndon420 (Posts: 4370; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


I wouldn't consider a couple thousand users to be an impressive milestone.

posted on 09 Aug 2015, 00:18 16

2. yourmom (Posts: 79; Member since: 21 Feb 2015)


I'll ditch their roms the day they ditch Google ecosystem for Microsoft one

posted on 09 Aug 2015, 04:49 1

13. Kame_Hame_Haaaaa (Posts: 360; Member since: 29 Jul 2015)


They already make android fragmented by releasing SDK for cyanogen
http://www.cyanogenmod.org/blog/update-to-cyanogen-platform-sdk

posted on 09 Aug 2015, 10:04

36. tedkord (Posts: 11626; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


They're not making anything fragmented. CM is built from Android, but it's not Android.

posted on 10 Aug 2015, 02:16 1

52. shuaibhere (Posts: 1986; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


To this day it was android...That's why lots of people use it....But now they are deviating from it...And they regret it...

posted on 09 Aug 2015, 00:30 2

3. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2111; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Windows Mobile isn't even in the market, yet.

posted on 09 Aug 2015, 00:31 2

4. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2111; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Oh, I just read the article.

posted on 09 Aug 2015, 00:48 7

5. gaming64 (unregistered)


These guys will have their downfall soon enough.

posted on 09 Aug 2015, 01:33 9

6. Kruze (Posts: 1285; Member since: 30 Dec 2014)


Well, they have more bugs than any other platforms.

posted on 09 Aug 2015, 07:38

30. Dvoraak (Posts: 21; Member since: 14 May 2014)


Not really. Cyanogen OS is about as stable as anything else on the market. Cyanogenmod is something else entirely and is usually a work in progress (nightlies), hence bugs.

posted on 09 Aug 2015, 10:02 3

35. Doakie (Posts: 2003; Member since: 06 May 2009)


As a very happy OnePlus One owner I'd disagree. There are bugs. More bugs than the Samsung, HTC, LG, and Motorola phones I've owned. I generally have to restart my phone once a week because of some odd OS behavior.

Yesterday my notifications pull down wouldn't work. I'd pull it down and the only thing that would pop up on the screen was an unusable volume slider. It was a weird bug. I get weird graphical fragmenting in my notification pull down and in my on screen buttons every once in a while which is totally unrelated to yesterdays bug. If I'm listening to audio over my Bluetooth headset then walk far away from my phone and come back close it'll have an audio pop that happens every 5 second or so, you pause the podcast, Pandora, or Play Music and unpause it and the pop will go away. There's other odd stuff that has happened as well that isn't coming to me right now.

While I'll miss the customization when I move to a 2015 Moto X Pure, or a OnePlus Two I won't miss Cyanogen Inc's toxic CEO. Not supporting that slimebag any longer will feel good.

posted on 09 Aug 2015, 10:06 1

37. tedkord (Posts: 11626; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


I've got the One Plus One, and I'm here to tell you Cyanogen is very buggy. Far buggier than the Note 4, Droid Turbo and Moto X we also have. Far, far buggier.

posted on 09 Aug 2015, 01:36 9

7. legiloca (Posts: 1387; Member since: 11 Nov 2014)


Talking about being Humble.. He simply don't know what it means

posted on 09 Aug 2015, 06:23 4

21. jroc74 (Posts: 6005; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


And these sound like fighting words. Starting to like these ppl less n less.

posted on 09 Aug 2015, 01:48 5

8. 27satz (Posts: 134; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


Though i like Cyanogen this is a Rude comment!
If Windows gains more popularity than Android, These retards would dump Android and merges with Windows.

posted on 09 Aug 2015, 04:58 4

14. Kame_Hame_Haaaaa (Posts: 360; Member since: 29 Jul 2015)


Microsoft could buy Cyanogen 100%, and then hijack google/android success by releasing directX for Cyanogen, and luring away the android/windows developer hybrid.

posted on 09 Aug 2015, 02:35 1

9. UncleSamWantsYou (banned) (Posts: 36; Member since: 10 Jun 2015)


Potential 1.3billions of user will fully support CyanogenMod and kick imperialist Google away

posted on 09 Aug 2015, 03:10 7

11. gaming64 (unregistered)


Ironic to see Uncle Sam wanting an American company dead.

posted on 09 Aug 2015, 05:21 3

16. Ordinary (Posts: 2316; Member since: 23 Apr 2015)


"Potential 1.3billions users"

Sure hahaha

posted on 09 Aug 2015, 02:35 3

10. Arthurhkt (Posts: 482; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


Maybe you should compare your Cyanogen OS with them instead of CyanogenMod, because we can sideload the Rom with the letter one.

posted on 09 Aug 2015, 04:34 4

12. boosook (Posts: 1436; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


The problem is that the first thing their users do is installing the google apps.

posted on 09 Aug 2015, 05:00 1

15. Kame_Hame_Haaaaa (Posts: 360; Member since: 29 Jul 2015)


Many Cyanogen user, use Cyanogen now just because their device is NOT supported anymore (stuck at ICS, JB, KK). And most of this cyanogen device is underpowered / old device and maybe secondary device as of now.

posted on 09 Aug 2015, 06:22 1

19. TheBiz (Posts: 231; Member since: 13 Apr 2015)


no thats not true i use a galaxy s6 with cyanogen mod cuz recent updates ftom sammy literally ruined my flagship experience so i flashed it with cyanogen mod
cyanogen mod is less stable but way beyter than toucheiz 5.1 so im enjoying it touchwiz makes my phone worse than a three year old totsl lagginess

posted on 09 Aug 2015, 06:49 1

23. Kame_Hame_Haaaaa (Posts: 360; Member since: 29 Jul 2015)


I only put my Cyanogen on my Galaxy Nexus because it's stuck at 4.2.2 and I don't want to sell my Galaxy Nexus. I think Cyanogen is good/great for old device, but it's not good enough for new device.

And I prefer samsung or Google or LG or Sony stock rom on new device.

About touchwiz, if you don't like it, it would be easier to install custom launcher such as nova than installing cyanogen.

posted on 09 Aug 2015, 08:43 1

34. jellmoo (Posts: 1586; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


I have to disagree. I went the CM route on my Note 4 because the bloated TW software was slow and a pain. A custom launcher is just lipstick on a pig, it doesn't solve any of the performance issues that exist.

posted on 09 Aug 2015, 11:23 1

40. tedkord (Posts: 11626; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


If you can install a CM rom, you can install a rooted TW rom and debloat it to your taste. They even have custom kernels for performance.

posted on 09 Aug 2015, 07:15

27. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


How is the battery life on CM 12.1 and does the fingerprint scanner work?

5.1.1 ruined my S6 as well.

posted on 09 Aug 2015, 12:26

42. TheBiz (Posts: 231; Member since: 13 Apr 2015)


battery life is better than on touchwiz well it is less stable but still better than touchwiz anyway i'm looking for new tested roms as the cyanogen mod os is very unstable

posted on 09 Aug 2015, 12:49

44. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


So the fingerprint scanner doesn't work. That blows.

posted on 09 Aug 2015, 07:35

29. j2001m (Posts: 2941; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


If you had the new update that fixes ram and battery you can go back

posted on 09 Aug 2015, 06:22

20. TheBiz (Posts: 231; Member since: 13 Apr 2015)


no thats not true i use a galaxy s6 with cyanogen mod cuz recent updates ftom sammy literally ruined my flagship experience so i flashed it with cyanogen mod
cyanogen mod is less stable but way beyter than toucheiz 5.1 so im enjoying it touchwiz makes my phone worse than a three year old totsl lagginess

posted on 09 Aug 2015, 06:39 1

22. elitewolverine (Posts: 5183; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


The day PA actually posts an article that has articulated thought and not regurgitated news, you know "FACT CHECK" then I will go buy a kitty. Windows Phone is estimated to be around 100million users, with year over year growth (though since they are growing slower than the entire ecosystem their share of the market shrinks).

posted on 09 Aug 2015, 06:53 3

24. Kame_Hame_Haaaaa (Posts: 360; Member since: 29 Jul 2015)


100 million Windows Phone? It's less than 50 million.
INSTALLED BASE OF SMARTPHONES BY OPERATING SYSTEM AS OF 31 MAY 2015

source: http://communities-dominate.blogs.com/brands/2015/05/smartphone-bloodbath-q1-of-2015-same-ole-same-ole.html
Rank . OS Platform . . . . Units . . . Market share
1 . . . . Android . . . . . . . . 1,664 M . . . 75 %
2 . . . . iOS . . . . . . . . . . . . 436 M . . . 20 %
3 . . . . Windows Phone . . . . 47 M . . . . 2 %
4 . . . . Blackberry . . . . . . . . 28 M . . . . 1 %
Others . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 M . . . . 2 %
TOTAL Installed Base . 2,201 M smartphones in use at end of Q1, 2015
Source: TomiAhonen Consulting Analysis 25 May 2015, based on manufacturer and industry data

posted on 09 Aug 2015, 06:59 5

25. gaming64 (unregistered)


Those are just units sold in Q1 2015, not number of Windows Phone user. Get some better sources instead of copy-and-pasting links. BTW, I re-examined the blog and it's nothing but stupid, dulled-down news.

posted on 09 Aug 2015, 08:04 1

33. elitewolverine (Posts: 5183; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Sales does not mean active users.

At the end of 2013 Adduplex estimated over 50million active users on a windows mobile platform. Considering YoY windows phone sales have grown even if not in market share, and they average 7-10 million a quarter its very easy to see that in 7 quarters they have added near 40 million users, especially on the lower end phones which make up about 60-70% of their bulk.

Yes and the blog was not only poorly written we can hardly credit their sources as anything but fan flavor.

posted on 09 Aug 2015, 11:07 1

39. Plutonium239 (Posts: 1048; Member since: 17 Mar 2015)


They said Windows Mobile, which is entirely different from Windows phone. Windows mobile can refer to the old dead windows mobile platform that is based on windows ce, or the new windows 10 Mobile, which is obviously based on Windows 10.

posted on 09 Aug 2015, 07:19 2

28. meanestgenius (Posts: 11546; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Cyanogen is completely wrong. Combining the installed base of both BlackBerry and Windows Phone gives an installed base of at least 100 million, but most likely more.

posted on 09 Aug 2015, 07:41 3

31. Dvoraak (Posts: 21; Member since: 14 May 2014)


I wonder if they're combining Cyanogenmod and Cyanogen OS in that 50,000,000 claim. Pretty standard PR tactic in tech press announcements. If so, it could paint an entirely different picture for Cyanogen's business prospects. Even more so if they're including all the other ROMs that are using a CM base.

posted on 09 Aug 2015, 12:34

43. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 987; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Who really cares about WM/WP or BB anyway. I have had a Q10 for 2months now, updated to latest BB10 and the experience is still far behind 5.0.1 in my Note 4. As for WP, I'll give it a revisit when 10 becomes available for the Lumia 1520, to see if it is truly ready for Phablet use, I found 8 to be behind the experience on Note 3, Note 4 and Huawei Mate 7.

posted on 09 Aug 2015, 13:24 2

45. meanestgenius (Posts: 11546; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Considering that both Platforms have a combined user base of over 100 million...I'd say over 100 million individuals care about BlackBerry and Windows Phone. And I'm pretty certain that there are those that will say that the experience on BB10 and Windows Phone has been better for them than on Android.

Just sayin'.

posted on 09 Aug 2015, 14:24 1

46. Subie (Posts: 738; Member since: 01 Aug 2015)


I like both WP and BB and am sure someone would be happy to take the Q10 off your hands for you.

posted on 09 Aug 2015, 22:55

50. Chuck007 (Posts: 1109; Member since: 02 Mar 2014)


The Donald Trump of the smartphone world I see.

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