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

70. sgodsell

Posts: 7014; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The big difference anyone can take the Android OS and use it anyway they want. Its still open source, just Google's apps and services are not. Look at Microsoft's Nokia X, which ran AOSP with a UI that resembled WP and only ran Microsoft's apps and services. Microsoft canned it afterwards. Now Microsoft wants to invest in Android again. You claim Android is now what Microsoft of the 90s was. This is only true in market share. However Microsoft's OS was closed source and no one had access except Microsoft. Microsoft had complete control of the market. Android is still open source and at its heart is Linux, and still anyone can take it, use it, modify it. The problem that I have with Microsoft is I still remember Microsoft calling Linux a cancer and it should be killed off. Android's heart is still Linux. So now Microsoft is basically still loosing ground with its mobile OS's and has only 3% of the global market. That's just sad for Microsoft. However with that said I believe in open source, and its not only me, its the world as well. Microsoft is still a closed company. Even Microsoft has been putting its apps and services on both iOS and Android.

72. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Embedded Systems made the ability for you to run custom OS layers of the windows core. In some ways not open in terms of free, but you could have technically built an entire OS, and many did and still do, with embedded windows. Not to mention the NT framework just went open source.

39. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Ahhhh...that's why Cyanogen is all suddenly like "we want to distance ourselves from Google." They're selling out.

45. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

More like Google is exerting too much control over an OS that is supposed to be truly Open.

74. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Because AOSP is not google. And as Google starts to leave code unfinished and unmaintained and removed...like Calendar, from AOSP, OEM's are increasingly relying on Google to have the latest OS and not a updated Core they have to maintain themselves. They are doing what Symbian did, and it can come to bite them. Google makes 0 off AOSP, they make money off Google Android, and Charge each OEM to use the green guy. In fact you now have to have powered by android if you choose Google Version where before you did not have to. If google makes 0 off AOSP and does not require their services, android is a billion dollar stick hole. And with sub markets that could choose to skimp on the 10$-20$ fee to use android and google, with other alternatives...they will skimp where they can. Especially if MS is offering search, email, etc for free.

48. Mfa901

Posts: 291; Member since: Jul 14, 2012

I think they are doing it to piss off Google..

51. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Folks Microsoft still has the rights to make the X2 Nokia forked Android smart phones so all they have to do is put Cyanogen's Flavor of Android on the former Nokia's X2 and sell them to the people of the World loaded with Microsoft services. this is not a bad move to make Microsoft's version of Nokia X2 a better product in the market place

59. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

That's an interesting angle to look at... But they could just do that already without investing. Nonetheless a great point. It'd be interesting to see if this affects the X/XL models!

55. VLaRueC

Posts: 189; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

Let's be clear, Google did this to themselves. Remember, Google won't support Windows Phone. I believe this is simply retaliation in one way or the other.

58. GeorgeDao123

Posts: 431; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

I shall never go for an Android device without Google services. I even used lots of Google's services on iOS instead of Apple's.

62. tedkord

Posts: 17189; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

If you can't beat them, try to sabotage them.

64. tokuzumi

Posts: 1843; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I guess MS is going with the "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" strategy. I still like to see CM doing so well for themselves since becoming a legitimate company. It's truly amazing how far they have come.

66. wesley.

Posts: 208; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

So we'll be seeing Nokia smartphones with Cyanogenmod os and Microsoft services apps.

78. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Ha ha...LOL...
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