Cyanogen CEO: Samsung could be slaughtered in five years by start-up "hustlers"


After recently claiming that Cyanogen is aiming to take Android away from Google, Cyanogen CEO Kirk McMaster today took another jab at big player in the industry – Samsung.

The executive claimed in an interview that the South Korea Android manufacturer is going to be “slaughtered” by emerging startups that price their smartphones way cheaper without making any compromises with performance of design. 

Referring to these manufacturers as “hustlers” (probably regarding the ilk of Xiaomi), Cyanogen's CEO claimed that the biggest smartphone makers (Apple and Samsung) will have a pretty tough time in the next few years claiming that these will probably be “the next-generation Nokias” as they simply can't compete in the entry-level segment, according to McMaster.

Even Apple, which is the smartphone manufacturer that is currently reaping the most market success, will be having a hard time on the market. It remains to be seen if this is the case, but judging from the recent market tendencies, these might turn out to be the case indeed.

Just recently, Cyanogen announced a partnership with Qualcomm, but declined to comment on the rumored acquisition by Microsoft, but hinted that there might be certain business announcements in the following weeks. 

source: BusinessInsider via TechRadar

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46 Comments

1. dimas

Posts: 3324; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Says the guy who made backstabbing deals behind One Plus One in India. Hustlers? Is his vocabulary too limited that he use street language? Even if Samsung mobile will go down in 5 years, Sammy's got lots of other business to recover back and they're just going to laugh at Kirk.

15. IT-Engineer

Posts: 526; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

There was a time when i used to respect Cyanogen...

21. rjmlive

Posts: 74; Member since: Apr 07, 2012

I felt the same way about Google and Android.

26. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 884; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Same here... Used to love Cyanogen & had lot of respect for hardworking guys... But this CEO of their's is crazy stupid.. 1st back stab Oneplus One. 2nd try to back stab the parent company Google. 3rd Trying to open wide mouth against giants like Samsung & Apple... I think its doom time for Cyanogenmod... If employees of cyanogen are listening, beware of this CEO. He can bring you on streets...

34. argtx

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

i agree..

37. Umairabbasi63

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 05, 2015

Keep your hatred with you! Atleast they have balls, i believe they can keep up with their hopes

42. Simona unregistered

Don't understand haters ??!?!?! AT LAST that s**tty cyanogenmod knows what future is ... what you doing ppl ??? ar you all so ANCIENT sht granpaas ?? Now cyanogen looks futuristic which is worth to try it ! f**k th esome one plus 3+ 5+248 why somebody cannot challenge monopol google ???? so what trying to kick ass apple s**tttiest satanist company in the world samsung overpriced with faulty units and crappy touchwiz ?? Man haters you ar BRAIN WASHED !!!!

49. suli8

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 05, 2015

sadly that what happens when a community which used to share passion and enthusiasm becomes a company....

51. Doctorluv unregistered

Have y'all noticed, nobody talks abt Cyanogen anymore?

55. JEverettnow

Posts: 228; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

Street language? Because describing someone as a hustler has never been used before the streets started saying it.

2. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 587; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Ooh Kirk... Please stop, because if that's the case where does that leave your company?

3. insan

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 16, 2015

five years in my ass :D

31. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

Really you can take that long? Jk xD

4. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Chinese companies are doing the same thing to almost every Android OEM.

5. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Samsung can become minor player in smartphone market in few years though chances are quite less as the upcoming Samsung mobile have been quite attractive....... but Apple is here to stay for very long time no matter what,apple has the best cult following and the popularity is gonna rise even more it may take aleast a decade before apple loses its following....

6. p51d007

Posts: 701; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Well, in this sinking global economy, people are starting to turn toward price, instead of flash. When you see the build out costs of the latest Apple or Samsung device of around 200-300 dollars, but the retail price is 800 or more....EVENTUALLY some people will wake up and figure out they are getting screwed, IF they can find a device with similar specs, but for 1/2 the cost. I did that around 9 months ago with a Chinese device that, except for a couple features that I never use in the first place, has a battery twice the size, works just as well side by side as an N6, but only cost with shipping to my door of $300.00

10. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Yes but its those two companies whos R&D is copied by android itself later or by other OEMs. Truthfully pure AOSP is rather bland and now OEMs either use google services or have to build their own calendar and other core apps. Hardware may cost 200-300 but that can be doubled easily by R&D. It's no wonder the other oems that are not big players come out with 'flagship' specs a little after the original OEM, all the R&D has been done, then they just follow market, put cheaper labor on it and slap a lower cost to it.

7. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

If Samsung starts selling their low-end Tizen stuff at cost price, these cheap guys would be lost from face of earth easily. Samsung/Apple can easily tide few bad quarters. These guys can't even sustain 1 bad month.

8. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2348; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Kirk McMaster Go home your drunk..

9. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Fanboys can't accept the fact that Apple Samsung duopoly is long gone. Domestic supporter we stand unite!!

12. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Yes, and in the time it took you to post that, Apple probably made more than every Chinese OEM will make this week. In the race to the bottom in PCs, Apple survived and thrived. In a few years, these Chinese OEMs will have priced the profit out of their segment and they will either and die. Only the big boys will be left standing...again.

20. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

They will wither and die, not "either."

13. GeorgeDao123

Posts: 431; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

CM has become bad. I'm very disappointed about this action.

18. SuperNova

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

LoL. This guy is drunk in daylight... Just because Samsung market share went down a little bit make him come to his clueless conclusion. Even if Samsung can't compete with Chinese makers in China, it still has better position in other area, especially in the States. Yes, Samsung might not be the world leader in any longer, but that doesn't mean Samsung would collapse like Nokia. Samsung is huge, not only in mobile industry, their businesses is everywhere. It can support its mobile division when it's in critical situation.

25. cmpunk

Posts: 88; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

I'm with you, SuperNova. I wish Samsung stay strong forever. I don't really want those Chinese OEMs to dominate the mobile world because they don't even have any contribution to tech industry, they took their position unfairly with low-cost strategy. And if Samsung follows Nokia path, mobile industry won't have any thing new and innovative like what Sammy brings us today. Anyway, I strongly believe Samsung will be with us forever. Stay reunite with our Samsung family.

30. SuperNova

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

That's right, bro! Samsung family would last forever. Thanks guys...

53. AmirBudi

Posts: 88; Member since: Mar 21, 2014

Low-cost strategy is unfair ? I don't think so. This is good for consumers.

22. Damo579

Posts: 264; Member since: May 18, 2013

I don't see Apple losing a big amount of sales, unless the US carriers get rid of contracts and people have to pay full price for the phone. Who knows when this will happen.

24. androidwindows

Posts: 216; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

People keep forgetting the fact that Samsung is a company that keeps churning out new innovations. They are never afraid to try something new. You can't always say that about Nokia. Remember when Android was in its infancy, Nokia completely dismissed it as having no future. And look at where Nokia is now. When it comes to mobile technology, Samsung have made a lot of contributions. I'm not saying Nokia hasn't, but they got so big and became so arrogant.

27. hohoho

Posts: 65; Member since: Dec 12, 2014

Too bad cyanogen isn't even relevant.

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