CyanogenMod is now a real company, easy CM installer coming to the Play Store

CyanogenMod is now a real company, easy CM installer coming to the Play Store
CyanogenMod has long been the most popular custom ROM available for Android users, and now the team is going legit. CyanogenMod is now officially CyanogenMod Inc. and as an official startup it has been gathering funding. But, founder Steve Kondik still wants the company to be focused on users. With that in mind, the team is laying out some plans for the future.

It seems like CyanogenMod may have similar plans to Xiaomi, which took a similar path as a startup making its MIUI ROM. For now, CyanogenMod Inc will continue working on the CyanogenMod ROM, but the team is considering rebranding the company within the next year. CEO Kirk McMaster also says that there will be an announcement of partnerships with hardware companies coming within the next week. The difference is that where Xiaomi is pushing towards being another Amazon with a big focus on commerce, CyanogenMod wants its software to be focused on productivity. 

Of course, that decision could eventually lead to troubles, because as a start-up CyanogenMod needs to have a business plan that can impress investors who have already funded the company to the tune of $7 million. That money has been put to use and CyanogenMod Inc has already hired 17 employees. McMaster says that there are plans to generate revenue, but didn't elaborate past saying that the aim is to build "great services you can’t get anywhere else."

The team is also working on unifying the process of installing CyanogenMod on the 100+ devices that it supports. For that, the team is working on an installer app. The team says that the "installer will be available on the Play Store in the coming weeks", but it seems unlikely that the full installer can happen on the device through the Play Store, and it seems much more likely that there will be a Windows installer necessary. 

One big question that looms is in what CyanogenMod will do about the various Google Apps that users have come to expect from Android. The custom ROM is not allowed to bundle Google Apps like Gmail, Maps, or the Play Store; and, given the customizations in the code, it is highly unlikely that will change. But, there is no word on how that is planned to work.

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17 Comments

1. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Phones running CyanogenMod as their stock rom would be nice.

2. Legnaldo

Posts: 63; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I agree, with the funding it will be interesting to see how much further they can push the android custom OS.

11. zhiae unregistered

good job you guys rockkkkks

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Looking forward to the official app coming soon! Side note: Flashed a CM ROM an hour and it's completely unstable and buggy. Definitely waiting until everything is fixed before flashing another ROM again.

4. Cyberchum

Posts: 1093; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

I've being using jellybean 4.3 nightlife and they've being pretty stable. Currently on 20130917.

5. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

It depends on your phone. Some are more developed/stable than others.

8. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

what did you flash it on? the nexus 7 or the s3?

13. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

S3. It almost soft bricked my phone as it kept looping the boot up screen...

14. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Fixed. Time to let Titanium Backup handle the rest. :) LiquidSmooth v2.9 is by far the best ROM for my S3. Fluid, all day battery life and the animations are stunning.

15. sum182

Posts: 229; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

There are also official and unofficial builds. You gotta look for that as well. Unofficial builds can go either way based on how far the dev community has gotten on them, normally it'll tell you in the first post tho.

6. datsyuk

Posts: 180; Member since: Jan 11, 2012

Imagine how optimized a Cyanogenmod phone would be. Blazing fast.

16. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

It already is fast.

7. sriuslywtf

Posts: 297; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

Best news today!

9. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

this is really cool, maybe they could get some kind of licensing deal with Google... wet dreams

17. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Wouldn't be surprised if OEMs start offering multiple romd on their device so if you bought a choice between stock, their android variant, cyanogen mod and any others they want to throw in there like AOKP or paranoid android.

10. ilia1986 unregistered

Awesome!! Looking forward to new innovative ideas from there! I also think they should hire the LiquidSmooth team - these guys are incredible! :)

12. ddeath

Posts: 170; Member since: Apr 14, 2012

My old Galaxy S has been running Cynagenmod 4.3 and it is wonderful. Looking forward to the things they can bring us.

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