Can Cyanogen's McMaster build the "Google-less" Android he is aiming for?
posted by Alan F. / Mar 23, 2015, 7:13 PM
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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Show, don't tell.
posted on Mar 23, 2015, 7:18 PM 5
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.
posted on Mar 23, 2015, 11:13 PM 4
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They're a bunch of idiots. Are they forgetting were they even got the source code in the first place? Hint: Google
posted on Mar 23, 2015, 7:18 PM 31
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Maybe in the end it truly becomes open source or we go with Google's definition.
posted on Mar 23, 2015, 7:49 PM 2
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"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
posted on Mar 23, 2015, 8:55 PM 6
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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.
posted on Mar 23, 2015, 10:07 PM 2
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Guess where Google got it from? Linux
posted on Mar 23, 2015, 11:16 PM 1
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the amazon store sucks so the OS will suck as well
posted on Mar 23, 2015, 7:32 PM 12
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posted on Mar 23, 2015, 7:39 PM 0
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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
posted on Mar 23, 2015, 7:40 PM 11
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