Can Cyanogen's McMaster build the "Google-less" Android he is aiming for?

Can Cyanogen's McMaster build the
Now that Cyanogen has received $80 million in funding from big name outfits like Twitter Ventures, Qualcomm, Telefónica Ventures, Rupert Murdoch, CEO Kirt McMaster can continue to work on his dream of "a Google-less Android." The money will be used to hire the people and fund the R&D needed for McMaster to reach his goal.

Perhaps it seems subtle from the first paragraph, but it really isn't. McMaster is not happy with Google's hold over the open source operating system and says "We’re putting a bullet through Google’s head." Normally a comment like thas might be easily dismissed, but now that the Cyanogen executive has $80 million worth of bullets and the tacit approval from those investing to go after Google, this is going to get interesting.

While details still need to be worked out, Miami-based Blu is expected to produce the first phone to run on the Google-less Android platform made by Cyanogen later this year. Blu's chief executive says that he hopes to have the Amazon Appstore instead of Google Play, Nokia HERE for maps, one of Opera's third party browsers, OneDrive and Dropbox for cloud based storage and Spotify for music. Bing would handle searches and Cortana would be the personal assistant (she is coming to Android, after all). And while it wasn't mentioned, the mobile YouTube site could be accessed from the browser for those who are addicted to the video clip site.

Sounds like Blu has just about everything taken care of. But Google has used its rather larger reach to put the kibosh on other devices that were going to run a forked version of Android. For example, in 2012 Google blocked Acer from launching its Acer A800 handset which was supposed to be released in China, powered by the Aliyun OS. The latter was a forked Android OS. Andy Rubin, who at the time was running Android, said that there were pirated Google apps in the Aliyun app store, and the software used Android runtime, framework and tools.

Right now, 50 million people have a Cyanogen powered handset according to the company, and some analysts see it eventually running on 1 billion handsets. There is a long road between 50 million and 1 billion, but it is a road that McMaster is passionately hoping to ride on.

source: Forbes via AndroidAuthority

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50 Comments

1. jngo102

Posts: 50; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Show, don't tell.

32. engineer-1701d unregistered

its all bs they will flop out the door no one will use amazon app store, and bing sucks for the most part. you is needed for anything learning repairs, opera sucks now and has for the last 2 years i hope that sparta will be the best and i like cortana google now or cortana, but they need to understand google is android and vise versa google will sue the s out of them own them in court and send them home to there moms with tails between legs, dont get me wrong i dont like being forced to use this that and other things but still its to late in the game to change name is everything now.

2. PootisMan

Posts: 266; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

They're a bunch of idiots. Are they forgetting were they even got the source code in the first place? Hint: Google

14. DaveElliott

Posts: 146; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

Maybe in the end it truly becomes open source or we go with Google's definition.

22. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

"Android platform made by Cyanogen later this year. Blu's chief executive says that he hopes to have the Amazon Appstore instead of Google Play, Nokia HERE for maps, one of Opera's third party browsers, OneDrive and Dropbox for cloud based storage andr Spotify for music. Bing would handle searches and Cortana would be the personal assistant ( she is coming to Android , after all)." all i see there is apps from othercompanies where is opensource??? all they are gonna do is get apps from other companies and add them in aosp android... i betbisnthat cm got money from ms...that is why sudden change... first let them built a stable rom

25. jesusnexo unregistered

theyre trying too hard to get a workaround of google apps. But even AOSP versions are build by google lol

27. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Serving their own self interests nothing surprising about it. I still prefer Google and acknowledge Google contribution to Android advancement.

30. orphant

Posts: 35; Member since: Oct 22, 2014

YES. Shuaibhere, this. Tell me how McMaster reasons that using a bunch of different closed source apps are somehow better than Google's, the same company that developed the platform. Surely it's unlikely that such a myriad of apps from different (though very large and well established) devs will operate better than Google's unified experience. And partnering with Microsoft under the guise of freedom and open source OS? The company that has historically been as against open source as possible? For shame, Cyanogen.

38. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

"And partnering with Microsoft under the guise of freedom and open source OS?" Further proof both Cyanogens and Microsoft have neither the integrity nor shame.

33. engineer-1701d unregistered

ms wins both ways pattent money from google and money royalties from cm and ownership

34. helrazr1586

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

Guess where Google got it from? Linux

37. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1250; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

So whats you Are saying is that android is Linux? Go back to school and back the money your parents paid.

42. tedkord

Posts: 17050; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The android kernel is Linux.

45. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

But they can build a Google less Android, Nokia, Amazon, many others have already done it. I just wouldnt have worded things they way he did but...oh well.

49. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

+1 completely disrespectful to the company that gave them this position... there's no reason for this.. no one's going to try to take iOS away from apple.... this is ridiculous.

3. cheetah2k

Posts: 2146; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

The fact that Rupert Murdoch is involved. Forget it. This guy is the anti-Christ.. I can already see the ads will be extremely intrusive and irritating.. Such a shame.

4. GTRagnarok

Posts: 48; Member since: Aug 22, 2014

They're in over their head. Most people running Cyanogenmod still use Google's services. Replacing the Play Store with Amazon's app store? Good luck with that one.

5. Enddo

Posts: 53; Member since: May 26, 2014

How cute, you copied Android Authority's headline :p

6. Settings

Posts: 2942; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Android with Microsoft services. Let's see if it's well.

17. NotAGeek

Posts: 279; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Get a nokia X2

8. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

the amazon store sucks so the OS will suck as well

20. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

Youre so right....

29. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

always bro always lol

51. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

sucks too because the amazon fire phone was actually interesting to me until i found out it was a bulls**t version of android.. lol

10. DirtyDan23

Posts: 280; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

Nifty

36. andynaija

Posts: 1242; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Can you please stop replying that stupid comment on every article? You've been doing that for the past couple of days and it's getting annoying seeing it everywhere. (-_-)

11. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

yeah. google will buy them next. you will need more than 80million. whats up with this new Pa format on my phone. messing up my view

13. ProblemSolver15

Posts: 370; Member since: Jun 14, 2010

Yeah, man that's what I was thinking about too. I thought they reworked their site and then I came here on my laptop and it's regular. It's some ol bull.

12. jesusnexo unregistered

CM is getting cocky...

16. bucky

Posts: 3771; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Just thinking the same thing. They forget what makes them popular in the first place.

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