Cyanogen divorces OnePlus

Cyanogen divorces OnePlus
The partnership between custom Android OS producer Cyanogen and phone manufacturer OnePlus has come to an end. The decision to end the partnership means that Cyanogen will look for new Android phone producers to employ its custom OS. Just a bit more than two weeks ago, the Android 5.0 themed Cyanogen 12 was distributed to owners of the OnePlus One handset.

OnePlus brass was more than just a little miffed last year when shortly after the OnePlus One was launched in India, Cyanogen signed an exclusive deal with Indian phone manufacturer Micromax. This led a court in New Delhi to place a temporary ban on selling the OnePlus One in the country. It also led OnePlus to develop an OS of its own, OxygenOS.

Cyanogen CEO Kirk McMaster strongly believes that if it weren't for the Cyanogen name, OnePlus would not have enjoyed a successful first year of operations. "Without Cyanogen, OnePlus would have sold like one device in international markets," said the executive. "Essentially they built their brand on the back of Cyanogen."

Both Cyanogen and OnePlus aren't wasting anytime mourning the breakup. Cyanogen is said to be working with new partners and is looking for phone manufacturers looking to become a strong global brand. In a statement, Cyanogen says that while OnePlus shipped "reasonable volume," it is nothing compared to the shipping numbers that these new partners can produce.

As for OnePlus, the focus is now on producing updates for its OxygenOS. Cyanogen did say that that will continue to support devices that run its operating system. Steve Kondik, Cyanogen's chief technology officer, wrapped things up with a quick statement. "That’s probably the last you will see from that partnership unfortunately. Two new companies are trying to do crazy stuff, a lot of people collide."

source: PCWorld via AndroidAuthority

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36 Comments

1. jesus_sheep

Posts: 279; Member since: Apr 18, 2015

Not good. I wonder if it's because they decided to use the Rainbow OS instead.

6. Fallen1

Posts: 288; Member since: Nov 14, 2014

I'm sure Microsoft had something to do with this lol, but talk about a big hit to the small guys

12. Ashoaib

Posts: 3298; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

OR may be cyanogen is living in a fanticy

19. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

if that helps the crusade against windows, sure. keep thinking that.

37. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Cyanogen is as yesterday as Madonna, yet just like the Material Girl, trying to stay relavent. There's solid launchers in the Play Store that look and run better than what they can kick out and require no root. Hell, Fire OS does more with the Android kernal than Cyan. Cyan runs about as well these days as what was running on the DOA Nokia X, and that was all Microsoft's fault. Funny that Cyanogen wants to hop into bed with Microsoft...

14. Simona unregistered

haha knew it .. cyan has NO future

20. jesus_sheep

Posts: 279; Member since: Apr 18, 2015

My bad. I meant Oxygen OS.

2. drunkenjay

Posts: 1697; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

dam cyanogen is sure getting cocky.

7. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Yeah... I'm not that thrilled with Cyanogenmod as a OnePlus One owner. I am yet to get an OTA update to 12S a couple weeks after it was released. I know I can manually flash it, but at this point I'm waiting to see how long they'll take to really push it to me. Maybe it'll never come now! LOL

24. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

30. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Ok to clarify I don't like what Cyanogen Inc and their moronic CEO McMaster have done with their contacts and their partnerships... Nor am I thrilled with all the buggy Cyanogenmod ROMs I've installed over the years. Cyanogenmod definitely was one of the most bug free ROMs I'd tried, but I couldn't deal with that crap no more... Either way I'm pretty fed up with Cyanogen Inc. I'm considering flashing Oxygen OS just to be done with them.

21. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

"OnePlus would have sold like one device..." ... Yeah, because it was TOTALLY Cyanogen that the hype was all about, and had nothing to do with the low price, great specs or y'know, this thing called ANDROID... Riiiiight...

36. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

When you're getting your Johnson stroked up in Redmond, sure...

3. Elusivellama

Posts: 73; Member since: Aug 26, 2014

Yeah... I'm just gonna stay away from anything Cyanogenmod and OnePlus, mm k.

10. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Uh, why? Oneplus ditched them and cyanogen is the dics, not cyanogenmod. But if you must on principle, go ahead.

23. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

OnePlus only ditched Cyanogen because Cyanogen screwed over all the Indian OnePlus users with their exclusivity deal with MicroMax Full blame on Cyanogen

4. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Will this affect the current OnePlus One users who still keep CM?

5. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Is it the same dude that thinks his business partners are his brah's and it's cool to send short email messages of torturous breach of contract with a sent from my ipad post script? Hope Cyanogen hit a wall and hit hard. They are anything but respectful or professional.

8. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Dude. Hell yeah. I just wish McMaster would be replaced as Cyanogen Incs CEO... He's so unprofessional.

22. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Yeah, they should hire Ballmer. He'd look positively sane compares to this guy.

9. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

"Cyanogen's CEO Kirk McMaster strongly believes that if it weren't for the Cyanogen name, OnePlus would not have enjoyed a successful first year of operations. "Without Cyanogen, OnePlus would have sold like one device in international markets," said the executive. "Essentially they built their brand on the back of Cyanogen." " This guy is ****ing crazy. Cyanogen "built their reputation" off Cyanogenmod, and that's what oneplus users went for. Now that their real reputation has surfaced, oneplus users and others have no issue throwing you to the curb! HERE'S A HINT KIRK: THERE IS NO MONOPOLY ON AOSP OR CYANOGENMOD!

11. Elusivellama

Posts: 73; Member since: Aug 26, 2014

And without Android, Cyanogen would not have existed. Essentially, Cyanogen has built their brand on the back of Google. This CEO is whack, he needs to get off the drugs.

13. rob5150

Posts: 183; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Cyanogen guy sounds like an idiot. He was doing cartwheels when a device maker agreed to put CyanogenMod on a real device that would need to go through rigorous governmental agencies in various countries to actually see if he (CyanogenMod) actually had a commercially viable operating system.

15. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

Kirk's a mug. Cyanogen sucks. They have no clue anymore with their CM software. They look at the future, then completely forget what they are ment to be doing. They have already made a bad name for themselves through all of this, how does he think anything good is gunna happen to Cyan now? Removing Google, the parent of Android, loaded with optimised software for the phones/watch, then adding Amazon Market (The one that was baked into the Fire Phone, cuz people loved that) and jamming Microsoft in Google's place. It makes no sense. BYE BYE CM :]

16. dimas

Posts: 3382; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

I think One Plus can still sell alot without Cyanogenmod. Kirk must be having some real issues with them for saying that CM made One Plus a hit.

17. rembo65

Posts: 58; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

NOKIA + Cyanogen = ?

18. smallworld

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

He is totally overrating Cyanogen.

25. czvezda

Posts: 31; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

I'm a fan of CM, but I really don't like where it's headed. I think they need to realize where their roots lie and not take hold a hostile business model with its own partners. By signing an exclusive deal with Micromax, they essentially stabbed OnePlus in the back. They have to realize that CM was build on open source development, and they could easily be replaced by other projects. I think I speak for the majority when I say that ppl don't want Android without Google. Besides, you're not necessarily locked in with google when flashing a CM rom, as you flash gapps separately.

29. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Damn, I never would have touched Android if not for the OnePlus One AND CyanogenMod's Privacy Guard feature that seamlessly integrates system-wide with it. If the OnePlus One came with stock Android (which Oxygen OS currently looks to be), would still be using my jailbroken iPhone 4s. Stock Android is just 1 giant spyware. Oh well, couldn't care less for updates now. My OnePlus One is working great (on CM12) and still lasting me all day despite being fully tweaked out with root tweaks. If Cyanogen provides updates via their website, that's just a bonus.

33. tedkord

Posts: 17415; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You should go back to your iPhone 4s. If you thinkl a buggy, half baked OS thrown together by a bunch of thieves is the way to go, you might as well stick with the original.

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