Cyanogen might have inflated usage numbers to receive venture funding

Cyanogen might have inflated usage numbers to receive venture funding
The controversy about Cyanogen Inc. persists as the company was recently hit by major layoffs but reaffirmed its commitment to the CyanogenMod operating system.

The US-based company has already raised more capital that's supposed to sustain its work on the proprietary open-source OS. But in order to do that Cyanogen Inc. had to convince investors that its products are successful and that they deserve to be financed.

In an unexpected turn of events, The Information has seen a document issued by Cyanogen's management for the company's board of directors in 2015, which confirms that it is tracking no less than 25 million users of the CyanogenMod OS as of early 2015.

That's a very bold statement, one that would have made sure that Cyanogen is getting all the funds it needed to continue to operate unhindered. However, the said document doesn't specify whether or not these users were active.

On top of that, two Cyanogen executives have expressed their concerns about the usage numbers after seeing an updated version of the document issued in March 2016. The document in question also provides information on Cyanogen's KPIs (key performance indicators), and judging by these two execs' reactions, they weren't that good either.

Cyanogen Inc. has already received a boost in capital based on these numbers, but if these reports prove to be accurate, it might endanger any venture funding the company might be looking for in the future.

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12 Comments

1. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

The only company that know how many CM user were google. Because not every one register for CM account, but most will install playstore.

5. hemedans

Posts: 761; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

so many people install CM because they want to be away from google products. CM is aosp based rom so dont expect all of them to have playstore

10. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

Installing CM mean loosing camera software and features. This is the biggest problem in CM. Otherwise CM is much better than google android.

11. tedkord

Posts: 17456; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

CM is so much more buggy than Google Android. I had the OnePlus One. It was a mess. Not to mention the functionality it always breaks.

2. jove39

Posts: 2148; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Only way for cyanogen to survive in long run is...build their own device(s).

6. FBIsurveilance

Posts: 43; Member since: Aug 10, 2014

Cyanogen lost any sort of respect after they abandoned OnePlus. Not a great way to terminate partnership for a sake of another licensing deal. They're supposed to add more clients, not get one and lose another, that's Business 101. See, exclusivity doesn't work that well this days.

9. lyndon420

Posts: 6871; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

That's what 'working' with microsoft gets you. Look at what they did to Nokia...and throw in the fact that they've done nothing to advertise their products - how can anyone expect them to succeed when they put zero effort into getting them into consumers hands?

3. nitefire

Posts: 13; Member since: Apr 05, 2014

Its not cm account that they track, its the anonymous usage statistics which everyone can choose to enable or disable upon first setup of the ROM. Also, several custom ROM makers use cyanogen as a base and include cyanogens tracking on it. I believe their usage numbers are 50+ million and that most people (myself included) turn off statistic tracking on our phones. Sent from my Cyanogen Powered Motorola Droid Turbo

12. tedkord

Posts: 17456; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

CM, the open source project found on XDA is different from Cyanogen, the commercial venture. CM can continue regardless, because it's not a for sale product, and is supported by individual developers.

4. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Good product. s**tty management.

7. lyndon420

Posts: 6871; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Oh no...Mr. McMaster's deal with ms not working out the way they wanted eh? Not surprised in the least lol.

8. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2363; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Custom ROMs, ewww who does that

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