Cyanogen picks up powerful allies on its march against Google

Cyanogen picks up powerful allies on its march against Google
By now, Cyanogen – the company which spawned from the modding team that created the popular CyanogenMod – has made some bold statements about its plans for the future and its general outlook on the mobile industry. Back in January, CEO Kirt McMaster said that the company wants to build an Android OS, which is devoid of anything Google-related and is “open at every level”. Later, he took a jab at Samsung, implying that the titan moves a bit too slow to keep up with the market and will be brought down by ambitious and more agile startups in just a few years.

So, no surprise that with the kind of optimism in the lead, Cyanogen is gearing up for growth. A report shows that the company managed to land contracts with not one but two high-profile engineers.

The first one is Stephen Lawler – formerly Amazon engineering leader, and Manager of Software Development for Bing Mobile Search Division. At Cyanogen, Mr. Lawler will be taking the seat of Senior Vice President Worldwide Engineering. The second one to join the modders' ranks was Qualcomm's VP of Engineering, Mr. Karthick Iyer. He will be Cyanogen's VP of Global Systems.

Cyanogen has a lot of high-profile partners behind its back and it just might turn into a force to be feared in the next few years. On the flip side, the company managed to sour up its relationship with OnePlus, and its OS is currently only shipping on the Micromax Yu phones that are sold in India. It may be planning its proprietary phone launch at some point, but it doesn't look like that's going to be soon.

source: Cyanogen

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41 Comments

1. Arthurhkt

Posts: 721; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

If they wanted to build an "open" OS, maybe they should avoid working with Microsoft too(not just solely piss off their partners and consumer.)

8. vincelongman

Posts: 5625; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I'm not a fan of Cyanogen But I think the media is overdramatising Cyanogen's "march against Google" Sure they are making alternative services, but so are all the OEMs

17. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

the giant is not brought down by a single blow, but by thousands of stings from a small incest. Google makes its money not off android, but the user data, the ad and playstore sales. You take that away you take away google's incentive to give the OS away for free. Right now they can, because people simply don't care or know about it. More on the later of don't care. However that is billions upon billions lost to the OEM's so of course they want control. All phone OEM's want control of the OS, its why they rejected Nokia's Symbian, they didn't want Nokia to have control. It is why they originally laughed at Android out of the room. The point being. You take away the cash cow and you change the landscape. If you can get competing software to do the same thing, and the consumer not even know or care...then you have a winner.

42. Avinash.Meeniga unregistered

I think you meant insect & not incest but that made the comment hilarious :D

44. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

oh snap I didn't even notice, lol

20. Simona unregistered

They need kind of promote

35. waddup121 unregistered

Great stuff.

2. hafini_27

Posts: 945; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Good luck with that.

3. Kuroki

Posts: 183; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Cyanogen existed because of android and google. What a bunch of ungrateful f*cks.

5. jmill75

Posts: 122; Member since: Jul 22, 2009

been saying this all along. these guys wouldnt be around if it wasnt for google. i for one will not support them.

7. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Google didn't create Android.

10. vincelongman

Posts: 5625; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Who said that? jmill75 is right, if Google didn't invest in Android, Cyanogen wouldn't be where it is today

12. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Google want Android and put all the sh!tty ads to feed you all worshippers. We used to call the app store Android marketplace, not Google play sh!t

14. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Cause of your name and this article i have trust issues.

13. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Without Google who knows what would happen with Android.

18. jmill75

Posts: 122; Member since: Jul 22, 2009

the code that is used by OEM's today....samsung htc moto etc are googles code. this is not open source code. material design GAPPS etc is a product of google. So you can throw Cyanogen into this list as well. They have taken Google code and tweaked to there own likening.

24. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Actually Google maintains the code, and yes they do a bulk if not all the work. However, 70+ companies join, people actively contribute to the code. Google is not doing this alone. If you think all the code is the result of google, then you have just insulted everyone that has contributed to it. Don't forget the Java code they rely on

34. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Yea...this happens tho when people mistake Android that Google uses with AOSP. To me its one in the same but you cant take Android that Google uses and fork that. You can do that all day with AOSP. Which I dont get what Cyonegon is crying about. Take AOSP and go about your business. Plenty of companies use Android without Google apps, services they have too when they got with an OEM. I just dont get it...ahh reading more below I see the entire Cyanogen community isnt all thinking like these few... They really are giving a bad name to Cyanogen...

40. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

AOSP. Look it up, elite...

45. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Sweet now what? What are you saying? That only google does the code? Because they don't. Hundreds of people/companies contribute. Where would Android be without Java? as an example. Point in case while every os has its, it needs this to function from this company (patents etc), android is far from a one company show. As well AOSP and OHSA is different as well. If you join to use google apps, there is lots of red tape to get Android Compatiblity Program certified. In fact did you know the droid x original did not want to use Google GPS, a requirement to have access to googles play store (android market). Instead Moto wanted to use Skyhook, a wifi location based services. Google refused gapps certification because of this, so moto gave in and didn't use Skyhook, instead using googles gps services and data. Google claimed Skyhook would contaminate the data mining done on android phones...yea contaminate - lol. Not the first instance either. Asus in the past wanted to launch Alyiun, a forked android. They would have to leave the OHA, and loose access to the google play store, which we know everyone here is balls to the wall nut hugging. Once google spoke up, Asus canceled said project. So while Cyan uses google code, since google maintains the bulk of the code, they are not the only one to contribute nor write the entire code. And by not using Gapps they are not benefiting from many services that google is closing in on every release and more tightly trying to make it closed source. Google knows that without cash flow, devices struggle without gapps. They use this leverage against major players.

31. gaming64 unregistered

You need Google installed on your brain.

36. jove39

Posts: 2140; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Android we know right now...is created by Google. Earlier android versions 1.x & 2.x were terrible. I know because my first android device had 2.1 eclair.

6. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Because of Android but not Google, there I fixed that

11. kabiluddin

Posts: 273; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

I want to ask you a few question. Can google still make android as a closed source project? Is there any legal obligation for google to make android as open source project? Is there any chance google will only give android OS to their partner and not give any other company the opportunities to modifies the OS like amazon did with their phones/tablets and now cyanogen is trying to do?

15. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Android fans are long extinct, now they're mostly arrogant Google fans who wish Android to be monopolied. They never value choice like Android fans be, to them, Nexus is the purest 'race' among Android because it contains 100% Google DNA, An Android phone without Google apps to them is considered sub par and infidel 'race' and should be trolled to death, just like comments above. Android fans I used to see, they even learn with iOS fans and bb fans and shared both pros and cons each other, now no more

22. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

There would be legal hurdles. Mainly because Google doesn't own android. They own the name Android, but not AOSP. Something like 72+ companies belong to, and maintain, AOSP. This is why it is so hard to break the android monopoly, companies are invested in it. Including Samsung. So while google maintains the code and api's they are still at the hold of the Linux base, the open source legal battle, and 70+ companies. Also remember, anyone part of the OHA, are forbidden from breaking android and making a device that has a fork incompatible with googles version of android. Hence why you do not see Amazon as part of OHA.

4. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Such an arrogant CEO with an arrogant company, and also crappy software. Fuck CM, ain't gonna get into this bugworld again.

9. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Love my one plus cheaper and way better than all nexus combined True Android fans are atheist and values choice and competition, not licking Google anus only like comments above. Looking forward to this events

16. hafini_27

Posts: 945; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

I also love my OPO but the fact that Cyanogen back stab Oneplus is totally unacceptable. I lose my trust on them after that.

25. TeasEric

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 09, 2015

Your statement is so disingenuous it's actually quite telling. In one part of your statement you talk about choice. But both before and after that you define what the correct choices are. You say true Android fans value choice but the only choices they can make are both athiesm and siding against google. Just so you know you actually don't get to tell anyone what a true android fan is. You may not like it but Google is Android and there is little likelyhood that this fact will ever change no matter how hard Cyanogen or anyone else works towards this goal.

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