Cyanogen hit by big layoffs, may refocus on apps

Cyanogen hit by big layoffs, may refocus on apps
It appears as though the grand experiment of Cyanogen may turn out to be a failure. It has been close to three years since CyanogenMod incorporated and began its attempt to be a real company. The dream of making a popular fork of Android never quite took off and now Cyanogen is in the midst of some major layoffs, according to a new report.

Word has it that Cyanogen has already laid off 30 out of its 136 employees, meaning around 20% of the company, and the majority of those layoffs have been in the team that works on open source software. Supposedly, this doesn't necessarily mean that CyanogenMod is being abandoned, but without people at the company to work on the ROM, it's hard to imagine how the project would continue. Beyond the open source team, systems and QA teams in Palo Alto and Seattle have seen big cuts, and Cyanogen's offices in Lisbon and India may be killed off entirely. 

With the major layoffs, it's unclear what will happen to Cyanogen, but the report claims there may be a pivot to focus on apps. Unfortunately, there's no real indication what that might mean exactly, but it does seem that the full operating system may be in trouble. The focus on apps also seems odd because Cyanogen notably got an investment from Microsoft in order to pre-package Microsoft apps with CyanogenMod. 

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28 Comments

1. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Ouch, that sucks. Always wondered how they made money outside of Cyangen OS, besides donations...

4. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

They kind of had it coming. Their idealistic approach to everything pretty much backed them into a corner. They ran against Google and OnePlus for all sorts of reasons. Instead of making partnerships with several small and progressive developers they decided to sign a deal with MS who literally exists to crush anyone they get into a relationship with. It has failed due to their management, not their lack of talent sadly.

8. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I thought it was OnePlus that was misbehaving? Cyanogen partnered with someone exclusive in India, but OnePlus wanting to be in all markets, couldn't accept that, so, they went to break up with Cyanogen for everything and stick with just their pitifully limited Oxygen OS. Regarding Microsoft, I'm not sure how they're crushing Cyanogen here. I'm loving the MODS in Cyanogen OS 13.1. While in the middle of a call, there's a quick access to OneNote that fills in caller ID, phone number and date, then I just take notes of the call via the floating widget. Skype literally works as a Facetime alternative, ready for me to switch from voice call to video call, at the push of a button. All seamlessly integrated with the dialer (and controlled via XPrivacy). If that's what you consider as "crushing", then I'm happy with Microsoft "crushing" Cyanogen. I'd rather they get crushed by Microsoft for these situations, would never put anything private in the hands of google. Their privacy invasion in every other part of Android doesn't need to be linked to my private information.

11. mammary.moon

Posts: 31; Member since: Jun 30, 2016

Yes I agree they sort of have it coming. Mods reduce battery life. And it's Cyanogen that decides to break off with OnePlus, not the other way around

12. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

My OnePlus One easily makes it through the day with MODS, besides, already had OneNote and Skype installed prior to COS 13.1 and battery life has been greater than ever with COS 13 ( https://goo.gl/ZMdXyh ). MODS simply makes using the apps I already have installed more seamless... "And it's Cyanogen that decides to break off with OnePlus, not the other way around" Any sources to back that claim? This here ( http://goo.gl/2Wbteh ) states it was OnePlus that made things go rough with their attempts to sell the OnePlus One with Cyanogen OS in India. They could have simply sold it in India with stock Android, living users the choice to switch to Cyanogen OS on their own. That way, they'll be fine with Cyanogen OS everywhere else.

15. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

MrElectrifyer, tell me what's is the difference between Microsoft and Google when it comes to privacy? To be they are the same. They have similar TOS. So I hope I could learn something new.

17. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Both are very similar when it comes to privacy. My technique of using any public service provider is keep personal information scattered and unlinked across them. Only place my personal information is linked together is on my ownCloud storage. Google is already tracking my video entertainment habits (YouTube), my browsing activity (Chrome, although I'm planning on ditching it soon), part of my phone usage (Google Play Store), and my navigation whereabouts (Google Maps). I don't want that linked to my notes, contacts, messages, calendar, call history, etc, thus I use a separate service. In this case, I use Microsoft for Smartphone Notes (every other note is kept locally), Calendar and only select few contacts who I know are already on Skype. I use my ownCloud for ALL contacts, cloud storage/sync, etc.

19. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I was hoping there a way to keep my private data private. I work in a pure Microsoft business environment, in the business world their software is considered cheaper than the alternative. I am not a fan of Apple Google and Microsoft. They are the establishment. I wonder why people could be fanboy for them.

21. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I use Privacy Guard + XPrivacy to do that on my OnePlus One. If I didn't have those controls in place, google would be tracking a whole lot more than just apps from the Play Store, they're ruthless with their privacy-invasion. What's worse, the stock Android permission controls allow you to control anything but the worst offender; Google Play Services. If you disable the whole bunch of privacy-invading permissions that thing asks for, apps would falsely be nagging you non-stop to re-enable them, lying they won't work properly otherwise. With the above two third-party controls, I don't get any of that false nagging. On my Surface Pro, I disabled all the privacy-invading settimgs, especially the 24/7 spyware named cortana, and I control traffic with Windows Firewall Control. That's my best option besides reverting back to my previous version of Windows or switching to Linux (not an option for me).

23. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 884; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Oneplus one was already selling in India with COS when cyanogen behind the back of Oneplus & without any information have exclusive rights to micromax for future devices; even though there already gave global licence to Oneplus. It was actually Cyanogen which backstabbed Oneplus. http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/12/19/emails-from-indian-court-docs-show-cyanogen-oneplus-relationship-ended-poorly-cyanogen-ceo-is-kind-of-a-jerk/ http://www.medianama.com/2014/12/223-oneplus-micromax-cyanogen-partnership/

25. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Thanks for the information, that clears up any doubts. No sympathy for such d!ck move from Cyanogen...

26. RajRicardo

Posts: 489; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

Anything that comes into contact with Micro$oft is doomed.

28. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Tell that to Apple since Microsoft got in contact with them before they went bankrupt...

22. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2349; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Meh... Nobody likes a featureless roms.. I like stock roms

2. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Their wrong turn was abandoning Oneplus.. Sad to see such potential going to die

3. Nopers unregistered

The CEO is a dick anyway.

5. tedkord

Posts: 17303; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Supreme.

7. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 454; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Nooo wtf, Cyanogen are the best :/

14. tedkord

Posts: 17303; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Nah. Buggy roms, and they're really bad in the open source community.

9. Coconut00

Posts: 485; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

10. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Well, I hope Roman Birg gets back out there and does his thing again in the ROM community. I seriously lived for AOKP ROMs when Roman was doing the heavy lifting.

13. jove39

Posts: 2145; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Cyanogen need partners with impressive flagship devices. After OnePlus, I didn't find any device with S8xx soc running cyanogen from factory.

18. Loveneesh

Posts: 432; Member since: Jul 14, 2015

Zuk z1 is running on SD 8xx series.

16. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 908; Member since: May 07, 2014

Though it is a great ROM, I prefer MIUI so no bad news for me here.

20. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Konik should be fired... again bad decisions and the fact that almost everyone uses google apps doomed their bullet to Google's head.

24. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 884; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Ya right.. Cyanogen CEO is a jerk.. last year he said Samsung will be finished http://www.androidauthority.com/cyanogen-ceo-samsung-will-be-slaughtered-592947/ http://www.greenbot.com/article/2875284/cyanogen-ceo-says-he-wants-to-take-android-away-from-google.html Lol.. Ask those tall claims based on "stolen" OS & partnership with MS (whose mobile division is already in dying stage).... Now what? I'm on COS13 with Oneplus One, but after all the backstabbing Oneplus & all nonsense Cyanogen CEO said, I decided not to buy any device with Cyanogen OS.. Now Google, Samsung, HTC, Xiaomi, Motorola, Lenovo & Huawei are bringing great hardware with excellent softwares (which is stable & reliable). No need to get (buggy) Cyanogen phones.

27. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

That is what happens when you decide to F***k up your partner in favor of somebody else. Nobody is going to take your serious in the corporate world. Karma is a B***. What you did to OnePlus is now eating up on your development as an organization.

30. mrmessma

Posts: 271; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Correct me if I'm wrong but there seems to be a lot of misinformation in this article, all stemming from the lack of discriminating between Cyanogen OS and Cyanogenmod.

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