Cyanogen scoops up senior engineers to work on its Android alternative

Cyanogen scoops up senior engineers to work on its Android alternative
Cyanogen has hired two senior engineers, one from Amazon and one from Qualcomm, as it continues its work on the Android substitute it is developing. Former Amazon VP Stephen Lawler, who also spent 15 years at Microsoft where he performed various tasks for Bing, will be SVP of engineering. In his new position, he will be in charge of global engineering for Cyanogen.

Also joining Cyanogen is Karthick Iyer, who will be VP of global systems. Iyer is joining Cyanogen after spending 18 years at chipmaker Qualcomm. He most recently was vice president of engineering, where he worked on incorporating Android into Qualcomm's chipsets.

Cyanogen CEO Kirt McMaster says that with Iyer on board, more device manufacturers will agree to take a look at supporting the company's new Android alternative. McMaster also noted that Lawler will help Cyanogen develop a set of mobile services internally, and with partners. "When we are able to attract people like that to the team, it's invigorating,"said the CEO. "Other people tend to follow. It's good for the company. It shows people we can deliver on the promise."

source: FierceWireless



2. Awalker

Posts: 1977; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Have they actually made any money yet?

15. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

They are secretly funded by Microsoft

3. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Maybe in parallel universe they will succeed

4. Hashed unregistered

Ungrateful idiots, and I have a feeling that their alternalternative for Android is gonna depend on Google services, maybe Google blocks some key services,, like YouTube.

16. ZEUS.the.thunder.god

Posts: 1116; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Totally agree. I had a lot of respect for them but now its all gone. Even on XDA Cyanogen mod isn`t really that great. A lot of other teams working on Android from source and really doing a awesome job.

17. ZEUS.the.thunder.god

Posts: 1116; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

and this kirkmaster guy keep talking out of his sore as$. If they don't want to do anything Google and they are that good then why don`t they start from scratch and build their own OS. Or since MS is funding them why not work on windows and make it open source. Ungrateful suckers.

5. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

Cyanogen development sucked when it was non-commercial and now it sucks even more. They can't release a stable version to save their ass.

7. mrej201

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

How many people know cyanogen lol

18. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

That is what Samsung said to android when Android went to Samsung to sell them their OS before Google bought it.

19. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

You do have a Even with the success they are having Samsung have to be kicking themselves over that decision.

8. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

So, guys who had hands in Bing and the SD810. What, was the guy who came up with the Kin1 and Kin2 asking too much?

9. ihopnavajo

Posts: 8; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

That picture be for "Cyanogenmod". "Cyanogen" has its own logo.

13. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

But this logo is better than that anyway

11. Tziggy14

Posts: 624; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

lol. Good luck to these morons.

12. SASANK360

Posts: 29; Member since: Apr 25, 2015

Cyanogen is a little too ambitious. I am not saying they should not be so, but their ideology and attitude indicate they will hit the ground hard sooner than later. The fact that they are gattering everyone around google shows they are playing mind games more than doing deals. They do not have enough power to transform android as much as google did, 5-6 years ago. Building on the fan base of cyanogen MOD they hope to draw everyone near their google-free-android. I personally do not like it. Also my request to some of the users that are bashing cyanogenMOD. Please remember it is cyanogen INC that is being rogue. Cyanogenmod still has skillfull developers that work hard to give best custom rom experience. The bugs we face on cm roms are not because of cyanogen INC. The sources of devices, version of android and features incorporated result in bugs. We cannot blame cm devs. Please do not condemn them, show them some respect. No offence to anyone here. Cheers.

20. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010 I said before....that are giving Cyanogen a bad name. Its real easy to think they are all part of the same thing. You wanna capitalize off of the name Cyanogen then turn around and give it a bad name. Knowing that many that liked the ROMs were gonna follow and get phones with the name associated with it.

21. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

So Cyanogen is gonna sell roms for devices and making people lost their warranties?.... I dont think its gonna succed.

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