Microsoft signs partnership with Cyanogen, bundled apps and services on their way

Microsoft signs partnership with Cyanogen, bundled apps and services on their way
Microsoft, a company that seems to be making a push to bundle its apps in services on Android devices, announced today a partnership with Cyanogen, the company behind the popular CyanogenMod. Upcoming versions of Cyanogen's software will come bundled with a range of Microsoft apps such as Skype, OneDrive, OneNote, Outlook, Bing and Office Mobile. Furthermore, Cyanogen also says that some of Microsoft's apps and services will come with native integration in Cyanogen's custom Android MOD.

The recent Cyanogen - Microsoft partnership is quite interesting given the fact that rumors previously suggested that Microsoft was interested in buying a stake in custom ROM maker. Although the rumor turned out to be false, it looks like the notion of a brewing relationship between the two companies was accurate.

The partnership with Cyanogen is just the latest in a series of steps that Microsoft is taking hoping to increase its footprint on Android devices. Microsoft imposes a certain fee to Android manufacturers for licensing various technologies required by the Android OS, as more than 200 of Microsoft's patents are necessary to build an Android smartphone. A recent report argued that the Redmond-based tech giant signed partnerships with 11 different device makers, lowering the licencing fees in exchange of getting some of its apps pre-loaded on smartphones and tablets. Two of these manufacturers are Samsung and Dell. Microsoft is also working on bringing Windows 10 to Android smartphones by developing a custom ROM that's currently being tested on the Xiaomi Mi 4.

source: Cyanogen

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42 Comments

2. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Its the only reason why they went after Android OEM's in the first place. Microsoft has a failing OS. Always have. From Windows Mobile to Windows Phone, consumers have largely rejected MS's mobile OS attempts for over a decade now. So they go after Android OEM's to generate revenue for their failing OS. Bundling MS bloatware onto Android devices is just one more step for them.

4. bendgate unregistered

They became lazy even after having more than required resources. If they weren't then they would have Android/iOS level mobile OS now.

13. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

People really didnt reject it more so than it just got pushed to the wayside. Windows Mobile is a good OS, but it lacked key features that things like the iPhone touted. And then of course later Android. Microsoft made a mistake a HUGE one. But they are learning. Google did what MS did, and they did it right. So now MS has to play their game.

37. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

I respectfully disagree. Microsoft has been losing big time with its mobile efforts because the OS is lacking. They realize this so now they're trying to go after services because no one wants their hardware.

41. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I just said that. "But it lacked key features that things like iPhone and later Android have/had". But at the same time it is not just about 'features' because we can all go back to their first 'roots' and find at the time windows mobile was probably better fitted with features, but it was 'old' compared to the newcomers.

24. Penny

Posts: 1859; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

1. That's not the only reason they went after Android OEMs. 2. Microsoft has a third-place OS. Not winning, but not failing. 3. Windows Mobile had a large marketshare within the last decade. 4. They are after usership of their services and ultimately usership/revenue for Windows Phone, so they'll get their services on as many devices as possible, doesn't matter if the OEMs primarily deal with Android. Try looking at things objectively/critically rather than reacting emotionally.

36. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

I don't look at things emotionally. EVER. That's a female trait, not a male trait. Microsoft has a failing OS. 3 or 4 % world wide is NOTHING in the scheme of things. And I'm being generous with that figure. Try looking at the bigger picture and not so locally. Microsoft is after revenue because Windows Phone isn't producing any. Microsoft loses money on WP. Because no one is buying it. Take the fangirl shades off. They're blinding your objectivity.

39. ahhxd717

Posts: 332; Member since: Dec 08, 2011

A female trait? Wow, what kind of bs is that. Grow up.

40. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

That's my opinion. You don't like it? I couldn't care less. And by your reaction to something that had absolutely nothing to do with you, I can see you're full of female traits.

42. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

No one, would mean they have 0% market share. As well many don't buy because people at the counter simply want to sell them what they want. I have had to retrain many agents, it is not about what you want to sell them, but what they need. What grandma who needs their FIRST smartphone, who doesn't even know what the home button is, needs a Galaxy s6? Then when they come to me in my department and I show them that they could have gotten what they needed and then a little more for 40 bucks? You can bet they were pissed.

54. Penny

Posts: 1859; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

1. I'm a guy, Penny is the nickname of a basketball player I'm a fan of. 2. I'm not looking at it from the perspective of a fanboy. WP, like everything else, has its pros and cons. I don't deny the existence of its cons. 3. Yes, WP has only a few percent globally and is struggling. That doesn't mean failing however, especially when you put things into perspective and see that even a powerhouse name like iOS is only around what, 12-14% globally right now? Perception has a big impact here. 4. Microsoft isn't selling services solely to make up for lost profit from WP. They are LEVERAGING their services to both sustain income and drive users toward Windows. 5. Nothing I stated was not a fact. You can't get much more objective than facts. You are the one who made claims such as Windows Mobile being largely rejected for the past decade. They had something like 40% of [at least U.S.] market share before the original iPhone came out. That's far from being largely rejected.

56. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

What Planet have you been living on? WP has been failing since its inception. Its common knowledge. iOS as an OS is not "powerhouse". Not in the slightest. iOS just has a cult following from clever marketing and pandering to those who feel the need to have everything that's viewed as a status symbol. Its also a niche player in the grand scheme of things. And that 12-14% is backed up by the overpricing of its devices. Microsoft isn't leveraging sh*t. WP is LOSING money. Always has been. Nadella knows this. So now MS is jumping on the services bandwagon to try and generate revenue in mobile. But like all of their mobile attempts, this too shall fail. People just don't like Windows on mobile devices. Where did you get that bogus claim from?? MS has never had a 40% share in mobile. EVER. You're delusional. Go home. You're drunk.

58. Penny

Posts: 1859; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Mobile http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/506328 http://www.zdnet.com/article/windows-mobile-falls-behind-iphone-in-latest-mobile-market-numbers/ The last one at 21% was even after the release of the iPhone, at which point Nokia and RIM were dominating and iPhone was storming out. Anyway, I'm done. It appears that my assessment of you was accurate, and your mind will be made up regardless of facts.

61. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Your ASS-ESSMENT was wrong. Thanks for being done though. I do grow weary of you fanboys.

78. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

^ #dontfeedthetroll

80. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Was that directed at me? Because I'm no troll. I bash trolls all day. Just ask Mxyzptlk.

32. Veigald

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 13, 2012

Not sure too many people besides you would call Office, OneDrive and Skype bloatware...

35. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Premium bloats

38. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Anything from Microsoft is bloatware to me. Especially on my Android phone. I don't use any of Microsoft's services and I never will.

43. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Then you might want to stop using android, you pay MS each time you do, and because of MS android needs over 200 patents for it to even work. You can thank MS later.

48. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

I'd never thank MS for anything. And there are some that say not all of those patents that MS is using to extort OEM's are valid, but to get to actually see them, they have to sign a confidentiality agreement first. I'll see if I can dig up those articles. And I don't pay MS a thing. The OEM's pay MS. And its not even for each time I use my handset as you suggested.

79. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

onedrive... definitely bloat. skype? even if i want it sometimes.. that's my decision isn't it? office... well... who says i need office for my phone. again. should be my choice. so... bloat.

3. pavsidhu

Posts: 214; Member since: May 20, 2014

Cyanogen just seems to be getting more further and further away from what people love it for.

5. bendgate unregistered

And they were saying like Google apps were "bloating" Android.

14. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

It depends...will these apps be able to be deleted? If so then its really not bloat like the google apps you cant uninstall in the normal Google ROM

28. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

You will be able to remove them if you want, the official statement from Cynogen..... Users will be able to remove apps they don't want to use. Cyanogen OS is designed to be an open platform, and customers ultimately decide what apps they want as their defaults." — Cyanogen Inc

53. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I would think, since most people who have experience with Cyanogen are the rooting and romming crowd, they'll most likely be able to remove them, even if they don't give them an easy option. I don't get is what the big deal is. If you never setup or start an app, or even if you disable it, it most likely won't affect performance. Most of these apps are only 5-30mb, so unless your device only has 2GB of free internal memory, what's the big deal about removing it?

6. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

And Cyanogen was like Google is MONOPOLY and all..And suddenly they made a deal with the biggest MONOPOLIST in the Industry to bundle their apps in their ROM.. Wtf Cyanogen...Bye Bye for unstable rom...

10. threed61

Posts: 259; Member since: May 27, 2011

Biggest monopolist in the industry? 80%+ of mobile devices run Google's OS, about the same percentage or more of Internet searches, overwhelming domination of Internet video through YouTube. You give MS way too much credit.

15. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

MONOPOLIST in the sense who pushes monopoly.MS does lot of dirty and cruel things to remain in top..while i know google too is not pure they are not as bad as MS..

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