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Cyanogen aims to move beyond smartphones, launch to mass market in late 2014

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Cyanogen aims to move beyond smartphones, launch to mass market in late 2014
Not too long ago, the announcement came that Cyanogen would be following in the footsteps of MIUI and expand outside of the custom ROM game and become a real company. When that announcement was first made, Cyanogen gathered about $7 million in funding, and now word has it that the company has gathered another $23 million in funding to expand its vision even further.

Having a total of $30 million in funding gives the company quite a number of options, and those options could mean moving beyond smartphones and tablets. Cyanogen wants to adapt its fork of Android for wearables, TVs, and even cars. It already has OPPO on board as a hardware partner, but expanding into those other segments would require quite a few more partnerships. 

CTO Steve Kondik has an interesting vision for the company, saying:

We feel that the existing devices you can currently buy aren't really designed for the end user. They're essentially designed as cash registers for the companies that make them.

That's a very accurate statement, but of course at some point Cyanogen will have to start making money, so it will be interesting to see if that statement comes back to haunt it. Kirk McMaster, the CEO of Cyanogen also gave some insight on the plans of the company. We already knew that it is planning to rebrand before launching in the mass market, but now we also know that it is planning a "new design language" as well. And, the push to the mass market will be coming in "late 2014 or early 2015". 

source: Engadget via MobileBurn

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posted on 19 Dec 2013, 14:56 4

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7823; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I really hope CM gets more funding to make 2014 a great year for tech.

posted on 19 Dec 2013, 15:53 1

2. quesoesgrande (Posts: 217; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


I love Cyanogen, but I just don't see the point in this. Another thing, I'm curious as to whether or not phones that ship with Cyanogen will be rooted. Unroofed cyanogen defeats the point of getting Cyanogen.

posted on 19 Dec 2013, 15:56

3. sprockkets (Posts: 1155; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


"We feel that the existing devices you can currently buy aren't really designed for the end user. They're essentially designed as cash registers for the companies that make them."

As opposed to CM who says that CM is

"capable of pushing your phone much harder. CyanogenMod and it’s team hold no responsibility to any damage caused to your phone, loss of earnings as a result of damaging your phone or anything else that is connected to the development of this rom."

The day CM went official is the start of their decline. Already they lost the focal camera app.

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 00:58

4. Lifengineer (Posts: 41; Member since: 15 Dec 2011)


CTO or CEO? Steve kondik?
If he's CTO who's CEO?

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