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Cyanogen Inc. Gains “New Identity” By Unveiling Redone Branding and Logo

Custom ROMs have always been a thing, whether you love them or hate them, and CyanogenMod has always been the most popular one. If you can remember, they incorporated a few months ago, and are now working with OnePlus on their One smartphone (set to launch soon), so they’ve made some ground from early last year. Today, they’re looking to take this further by unveiling new branding and a retouched logo.

Abhisek Devkota attempts to explain every bit of the new look, including the logo’s minute details. He also states that freedom to modify devices as the user wishes is still at the core of CyanogenMod, and is the focus of Cyanogen going forward.

cyanogen inc logo explanation

With the picture above, Devkota goes on to explain the intricacies of the logo. At the heart of everything, as mentioned before, is customization. The “C” is to “bring together the users and the community,” as it represents the security of the ROM. And finally, now the smallest part of everything, is remaining open source.

It is also noted that the arrow for open source points forward, and that the whole “screw” design is meant to show that this is a project in motion still. Interesting stuff, folks.

If you were wondering about Cid, the old CyanogenMod mascot, he lives on as part of the community. In the words of Devkota, “Cid belongs to the community, he is yours, not the company’s”. Oh, and the recklessness isn’t quite yet gone. One of the images still shows “Void your warranty,” so we know we’re still dealing with the same ol’ folks.

cyanogen inc void your warranty

The blog post is ended with Cyanogen telling users that they will “build something unique” — that’s what we like to see. Thoughts on the new look?

Via: CyanogenMod
  • chucklehead322

    Looks like something from the TV show Lost. It’s one of the “stations” like The Swan.

  • Bretton Key

    People dislike the new logo, but it’s clean and very crisp. They CM team is not longer a club like developer group, they are a focused and a well oiled machine who is trying to usher in a new movement of android development. The logo once again is nice in my opinion but look at the big picture of what they are saying…which is “We are serious about pushing the limits and developing Android to its full potential…”
    (Off my soap box, back to regularly scheduled program) #NerdsUp

  • Nowai

    I don’t know, to me it looks like Cyanogen keeps getting less personal. First they got rid of adorable robot and replaced him with some a-lot-less-adorable robot, and now they are moving to some corporate logo thingie.

    • trixnkix637

      Well they are a corporation now.. That would make sense to do.

      • Nowai

        Still disappointing. Corporate is drab, dusty, and covered in middle management. CM embracing that leaves a faint yearning for a simpler time.

  • panicswhenubered

    I like it better than Cid, but it kind of looks like a generic corporate logo from a movie.

  • danny

    i prefer the old one.

  • Executor

    I’d be a lot happier with this in the middle of the current CM11 boot animation than Cid. As it is, I’m still using the CM10 animation so I don’t have to look at him.

  • steven taylor

    I’m not one for immature rants, but IT SUCKS!

  • Six6Sicks

    Ingress. Game Cube. Toilet Bowl. Fail

  • mrjayviper

    love the new design

  • Jason Melling

    What a bizarre article. The “author” says “custom ROMs whether you love them or hate them”. Why would anyone hate a custom ROM ?

    • A lot of people buy Nexuses (Nexii?) just to feel stock Android. While I would find the unlockable bootloader way too tempting, lots of folks just want stable vanilla

    • Troof

      I don’t know if anyone hates them, but they get old quick. You spend time literally reading 100s of pages in threads trying to figure out how to fix this bug or that bug, figuring out which kernel to flash, etc. only to end up with something that doesn’t fully work.. You just get tired of dealing with it.

    • Maranello Santiago

      My sister had a stock Nexus 4 that had more software issues than my rooted and rom’d Nexus 4. I told her to root. I prefer not to stay stock, even on a Nexus, even though that isn’t the preference of others.

    • Nowai

      I have a love-hate relationship with custom ROMs. On one hand they are leaner, and perform much better than TouchWiz on SGS3. On the other, text messaging is once again intermittent (an upgrade from not working!), and now I can’t call out at all. I could go back to the old version, but that dropped GPS and did not text at all. Basically, I have yet to run a version of CM that worked in every aspect. Even their stable releases go bonkers shortly after installing. The easiest fix has been to do a factory reset, or flash a newer version. Factory reset sucks, and flashing a newer version is sort of a wildcard – it might fix most things for a while, and it might break some others. As a result, running custom ROMs has been a gamble.

      Beats TouchWiz though …

  • ElG

    No corporate ROM on my phone. Pass.

    • Gotta love PAC though! Can haz all the CM features without the incorporation crap 😛

    • trixnkix637

      Isn’t any Android OS that’s skinned technically qualify as a corporate ROM? Touchwiz, Sense, MotoBlur (Deceased thankfully), etc.

  • Chris

    Looks ok. Wonder how many nerds are upset.,..

  • Omni Consumer Products

    • Fresh360

      1st thing I thought.

    • John Jenness

      Beat me to it! Good call!

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    A lot more professional than CID.. Looking forward to April 23rd

  • imlip

    The new logo is nice… but it looks very generic. this logo has been done before.

  • Colton

    Very clean. Meaning of each part is pretty interesting, glad they (and you) included that. Nice article!

  • yummy

    Very nice

  • Alex Boro

    Looks like the gamecube logo

    • Chris

      It does…

      • C-Law

        I cannot unsee

      • T_Dizzle

        Somewhat but not 3d looking like the game cube logo.

    • Tony Byatt

      A struggling gaming company, the lawsuit happy environment of today…

      I think Cyanogen Inc. my get a visit from Nintendo’s lawyers…

      • mustbepbs

        Did you say Nintendo is struggling..? Quite the opposite, they’re doing the best out of all 3 as far as profits are concerned.

        • Chris M

          because kids that dont know any better keep buying the 3ds or whatever version they are on now. they are not in the same universe as Sony or Microsoft currently when it comes to next gen gaming.

          • mustbepbs

            Yeah because annualized first and third person shooters defines “next gen”. And it’s working out so well for Microsoft and the Xbone.


    • RiotPenguin

      Totally the first thing that came to mind. Weird.

  • Boblank84

    impressive. much more professional looking than cid. really looking forward to seeing the one+

  • Gato Mafioso

    Gradle anyone?

  • Maxim∑

    Why doesn’t Google acquire or work with them?

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Not sure what Google would gain.

  • snodrtrider

    I always thought the Cyanogen Boot Images were a bit juvenile… this is a step in the right direction!

  • Catherine

    I really like this new logo….thanks for posting this Rithvik

  • Trey Porter

    It’s always good to move forward with change, I like it.

  • Rashad

    That logo looks more business like. It also looks like it belongs to a factory. The original logo looks better IMO.