Microsoft invests in Cyanogen

Bad-boy Android shop Cyanogen is reportedly getting an investment infusion from Microsoft to the tune...
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74 Comments

68. sgodsell

Posts: 7042; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Well buddy, no one lasts forever. I guess that holds true for Microsoft as well then. :-)

73. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

And for everyone as well.

71. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Unless they are running google services and unless they get money from OEMs to use said android google services which something like 40% of android is not Google Android. The number you posted means jack.

4. TimCook

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

People at Cyanogen are some back stabbing Mf..

8. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

LOL. Hell yeah. If they ever tried updating my OnePlus One to software without Google I'd instantly sell my One. If I wanted to use Microsoft services and use an app store with a fraction of what the Play Store has I'd just use Windows Phone. At least Windows Phone isn't buggy, it seems like every Cyanogenmod build I've every used has odd bugs. The OnePlus One included. That's not to say the OPO isn't an EXCELLENT phone. But I'd take a OnePlus One running stock Lollipop over one running Cyanogenmod.

11. Penny

Posts: 1844; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Google's the one that's exerting more control over Android, an open source operating system that anybody is free to customize. Cyanogen just wants to do its own thing with Android as it has always done, but Google is closer to preventing its services from being accessible there.

16. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Couldn't they just use AOSP at that point, and just make their own app store or use an existing one? That would make sense to me at least.

54. sgodsell

Posts: 7042; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The problem is not with the Android OS. Android use to embed a lot of the apps and services in the older versions of Android. However as time has gone by. Google has been removing and closing source for a number of the apps and services. Android OS itself is still open source.

20. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Thats good for you I can bet though not everyone sees things the way you do.

27. Gp_Customs

Posts: 269; Member since: Jan 14, 2015

Just like Apple.

6. scsa852k

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

This is very interesting. $70 million is probably nothing for Microsoft, but when you announced Windows 10 to the world and invest in another OS, it tells me they're not 100% confident about Windows 10 as their main platform for smartphones.

7. Penny

Posts: 1844; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

To me it doesn't seem like they're investing in an OS in case they don't succeed, they're working with Cyanogen to make Microsoft's services a priority on that platform as Cyanogen is having issues with Google. It's an opportunity to capitalize on Cyanogen's potential departure from Google services.

9. Fuego84

Posts: 357; Member since: May 13, 2012

I don't see the point of dropping Google lol they offer good services. I don't think I'd buy Google-less android that runs Microsoft services. I would rather buy a Nokia phone powered by Google Android of course

12. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Pro Google fans will gonna piss, but CM is the one who fix their lollipop Not to mention nexus 6 overpriced compared to CM phone

13. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

This comment makes me will wanna piss.

63. tedkord

Posts: 17201; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

CM fixes very little, and create way more bugs than they fix.

14. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Instead of innovating seems all MS does anymore is make purchases

15. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Hololens says hello.

21. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

2nd idiotic comment of the night.

22. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

When you said MS doesn't innovate it just reminded of the many so called tech fans filled with majority ignorance and minority knowledge.

69. sgodsell

Posts: 7042; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Microsoft has been playing catch up to Android. WP hasn't had any ground breaking innovation in a long time. Even then WP is still behind Android.

44. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Is that what Google always do and what budding developers want to happen? To be bought by Tech giants? Google never take cared of their developers so someone else will.

57. Venkatramanan

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

What about Android then? Android itself is a bought out product.

18. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

Then after two years MSFT will buy Cy and will make a crap out of it.

30. meanestgenius

Posts: 21618; Member since: May 28, 2014

While I do not think Microsoft is planning on ditching its on OS, and this is most likely MS wanting to get their services at the forefront of Cyanogen's OS, I'm wondering what kind of message Microsoft may be unknowingly sending to those that may wish to invest in their mobile platform?

34. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

Great comment. I KNOW they are not ditching their OS... I truly believe that they are confident with the coming of Windows 10. But this game theory 101. Microsoft wants Android to be less dependent on Google. They want the 80% marketshare stronghold to be split into 4 20% shares... It would bode very well for them. Also it would make it easier to incorporate their services onto the platform. There's no way Google loosens its grips on Android allowing MSFT services... As "open source" as Android may be.

49. meanestgenius

Posts: 21618; Member since: May 28, 2014

I agree. I know Google will only tighten its grip on Android. I also agree that Microsoft is doing this to get their services at the forefront of Cyanogen powered handsets(at least, that's one of the main reasons). I'm just concerned about whether it will send a negative message others that wish to invest in the Windows platform.

65. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3112; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

This is a shrewd move by MS. This has nothing to do with their plans for Windows 10. This has everything to do with the fact that MS is a software and services company, hence the "soft" part of their name. Not many people know this or want to recognize it, but Bing is the back end for Siri and many of Apple's services. Microsoft wants their services on as many devices and platforms as possible. They're not going to beat Google anytime soon by selling Lumias so they'll use their muscle on the services sector. Forget North America for a minute, China and India are the world's largest population centers. That means users even if it's one nickel at a time.

32. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

Besides MANY editorial errors... people can't seem to read and analyze articles anymore... Microsoft is making this move for the "OPEN SOURCE" movement. True Android hardcores would welcome this move, and moves like this. Android is not meant to by synonymous with Google - people seem to forget that. So, it is meant for Android to get stronger and more independent (I'm sure they are looking to be able to incorporate their services as well, im not naiive.) Oh and this article mentioned Microsoft... so here's our moment of PA hateraide: "many analysts see Cyanogen as having a better chance at making itself a more relevant third ecosystem than Windows Phone" EVERY. TIME.

33. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Certain bloggers and Android fans simply have a hard dealing with the fact that Android is now what Microsoft of the 90s was do to mask that pain by saying MS is interested in Cyanogen over its own platform and they also blame Cyanogen. Denial is an ugly thing.
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