Cyanogen wants to take the “Google” out of Android

Cyanogen wants to take the “Google” out of Android
At a symposium this past week in San Francisco, Cyanogen CEO Kirt McMaster outlined a combative take about Google and its control over the Android operating system, and a defiant vision for Cyanogen to build an Android operating system without Google being in the picture.

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



1. hboy857

Posts: 367; Member since: Jun 03, 2013

Go to hell, Cyanogen.

2. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

Isn't this supposed to be a good thing ? or a big greedy corporation monopoly is a good thing

4. nlbates66

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

google zealots can seem even more lost a cause than apple zealots these days...

5. dimas

Posts: 3374; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

If there are applelogists, there are also android fanatics. Way to go cyanogen, if you can come up with a zero google android, I am willing to try that in the future.

31. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

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.

77. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

I still use google search , google + , youtube , google maps on iOS . If the services are good its not a bad thing , however , monopoly is a bad thing

51. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

They already have a google free android, except no body wants it. It's called CM without gapps. CM isn't the CM it was when it started. They can go to hell for being an Amazon wannabe.

78. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

You have to root your phone to flash it , and it doesnt have a viable ecosystem , if CM could make a viable ecosystem out of it , why not ?

76. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

More choices is good , wouldn't mind trying it out if cyanogen could create a viable ecosystem. If i need google services , there is always a web browser

45. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Why they want to do it When AOSP is already doing the same.. Android is still example is NOKIA X series with microsoft services... This is just Marketing trick from CYANOGEN....

79. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

Have you ever tried using a windows phone ? Microsoft services kinda sucks lol

82. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

and the nokia X is running on android that is 3 version behind

54. Sharky

Posts: 259; Member since: Jun 24, 2008

I'm sure Cyanogen will eventually become a greedy corporation. Whether or not it will be big or a monopoly is another story. Just look at how their relationship with One Plus devolved.

80. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

Yeah , sadly

3. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

wouldn't you want more choices?

6. tedkord

Posts: 17365; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

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.

69. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

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.

81. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

I used a OnePlus One , i wouldn't call it a buggy phone Mind clarify why Cyanogen is evil ?

96. Sonar

Posts: 14; Member since: Jul 01, 2014

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.

97. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

That's f**ked up

26. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

I thought the whole highpoint of Android, was that it was open source. How is this a bad thing? google is tertible.

52. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

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.

70. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Google does this too, they take code from the community given to them and making android better, yet somehow they are holy?

73. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

You act as if it is a one way street when Google has contributed to the kernel all the changes it has made, with drivers. Otherwise I'm not sure what you are referring to.

95. RajRicardo

Posts: 496; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

Did he give interview in his sleep? That's a lot of dreaming IMHO.

7. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Nokia X made Android favorable to Microsoft so Cyanogen will use which platform?

8. hmd74

Posts: 540; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

No Way!

9. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

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.

21. nodes

Posts: 1160; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

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.


Posts: 46; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

Theny why don't they make a new OS instead of relying so much on Google's work?

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