Cyanogen wants to take the “Google” out of Android
posted by Maxwell R. / Jan 25, 2015, 2:46 AM
McMaster started his talk with, “I’m the CEO of Cyanogen. We’re attempting to take Android away from Google.”
He further explained that Cyanogen is developing a version of Android which would be open at every level. Something that other developers and partners could utilize to create their own tightly integrated services. Think of stuff that would be able to compete with Google Now, and that paints a broad picture.
“We’re making a version of Android that is more open so we can integrate with more partners so their servicers can be tier one services, so startups working on [artificial intelligence] or other problems don’t get stuck having you have to launch a stupid little application that inevitably gets acquired by Google or Apple. These companies can thrive on non-Google Android,” explained McMaster.
Is Cyanogen concerned that Google might not think too highly of this strategy? No because it sees its future as being Google-free. McMaster says Cyanogen will have its own app store in 18 months. Of course, there is nothing to stop Google from impeding Cyanogen's plans either.
We are not sure how Cyanogen intends to achieve this vision, given how dependent it currently is on Google and its services (including the control the company has over the platform). Even open source projects need some center mass for an ecosystem to interconnect with and seek guidance from, the Android Open Source Project and Ubuntu are good examples of that.
There will certainly be an issue of how patented technologies or techniques are leveraged in whatever Cyanogen makes. Android may be “free,” but it is not without cost. Even companies that are not directly tied into the AOSP, like Microsoft, receive license fees for patents that are utilized in Android.
source: Android Authority
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Go to hell, Cyanogen.
posted on Jan 25, 2015, 2:54 AM 53
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Isn't this supposed to be a good thing ? or a big greedy corporation monopoly is a good thing
posted on Jan 25, 2015, 2:58 AM 21
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Everything still tied back to two things interest and funding. Android exist out of Google's fear of being lock out of Windows and Apple platform Ads revenue steam. They are willing to pour billons of dollars to ensure its success. Anyway, all the best to Cyanogen they make great ROM.
posted on Jan 25, 2015, 6:49 AM 2
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wouldn't you want more choices?
posted on Jan 25, 2015, 3:06 AM 1
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Absolutely, but the CM guys aren't the ones you want to see doing it. First, their stuff is extremely buggy. Second, if you followed the creation of the company from the grass roots entity it was, they're pretty ruthless jerks. Look up some of the stuff they've pulled.
posted on Jan 25, 2015, 3:25 AM 38
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And google is somehow the nice guy? Please all companies are 'ruthless' hell even google cant be bothered to make a universal app that will reach 1.5billion people...more than their precious android user base.
posted on Jan 25, 2015, 7:53 PM 0
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You know how they went ahead and signed a deal with Micromax and left all the OPO users in India without any future updates. Right? I am sure they knew they will not be supporting OTA update to OPO customers in India after signing the contract but did they announce it in advance? NO.
posted on Jan 26, 2015, 4:06 PM 1
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I thought the whole highpoint of Android, was that it was open source. How is this a bad thing? google is tertible.
posted on Jan 25, 2015, 6:28 AM 2
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CM is supposed to be a enthusiasts rom maker, not a crappy organization piggybanking on rom makers's hard word. Face it, as one site said, CM is just the icing on the cake, and without the cake, no one wants CM.
posted on Jan 25, 2015, 11:36 AM 5
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why don't they make their own OS then? oh they can't, I think it is not a right thing to do. don't get me wrong we deserve more choices but the end never justifies the means.
posted on Jan 25, 2015, 3:36 AM 16
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i think they can. it's a good thing and refreshing if they come up with a completely new OS. the big dogs use the same OS, just have different UIs, in the end it feels the same. IMO, it's quite boring.
posted on Jan 25, 2015, 4:53 AM 0
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