All of those rumors of Cyanogen and Microsoft doing something together are now all somewhat correct. This morning, the two companies announced a “strategic” partnership that will integrate Microsoft’s services across the Cyanogen Operating System. In other words, when you buy a phone running Cyanogen OS, it will have Microsoft apps
pre-installed “contextually” presented to you. (more…)
Hopefully, you didn’t flash that OxygenOS thing that OnePlus called an “OS” the other week, because Cyanogen 12 is now available and rolling out to all OnePlus One owners starting today (well, yesterday it started). After a slight delay, if we can even call it that, the update brings Android 5.0 Lollipop and a whole bunch of new customizations to a phone that cracked our top 5 phones of 2014. (more…)
Cyanogen announced this morning that they have taken in an additional $80 million in funding through a recent financing round. Congrats! The companies involved in the round are some heavy hitters like Twitter, Qualcomm, Telefónica Ventures, and Rupert Murdoch. There were other “yet to be announced partners” as well. Thanks to this round, Cyanogen is now valued at roughly $1 billion. That’s pretty awesome news for a company that was originally an open-sourced ROM started by a single dude who was just looking to tinker a bit with Android’s code.
Ahhh, America. (more…)
Cyanogen’s CEO Kirt McMaster is in the news again, following more blunt comments he made regarding tier one OEMs like Samsung and Apple. In an interview with Business Insider, McMaster compares the path of Samsung to that of Nokia, stating that the big OEMs will be slaughtered in the next five years. (more…)
Cyanogen and Qualcomm announced a new collaboration during MWC this week, which will focus on highlighting select features and user interface improvements in select upcoming Snapdragon-powered devices. To be exact, Cyanogen’s launcher application and personal information management apps across dialer, messaging, contacts, and calendar are included in this partnership. (more…)
According to sources of The Wall Street Journal, Microsoft, the makers of Windows Phone, which currently holds about 3% of the smartphone marketshare, is set to invest in Cyanogen Inc. While the investment would be for a minority share of a $70 million round, the simple act of fueling Cyanogen’s fire comes off as rather ostentatious. (more…)
According to a report from The Information, Google’s own Sundar Pichai, the overseer of all things Android and Chrome, met with Cyanogen Inc. executives recently, and was turned down after expressing interest in a complete acquisition. Ultimately, in theory, a buyout by Google would protect the company’s control of the Android ecosystem, as Cyanogen’s home-brewed version of Android is potentially the first real threat to ship on phones that Google has encountered.
With this news, Cyanogen is now discussing a Series C round of funding with a few major tech firms and late-stage investors, seeking a valuation close to $1 billion. (more…)
“Something really cool” is getting worked on, as announced by Cyanogen Inc. and Nextbit, a not-so-new startup focused entirely on mobile devices and cloud computing. Nextbit’s team is comprised of former Google (original Android team engineers), Dropbox, Amazon, and Apple employees, and last night, the company announced they are to bring on former HTC Senior VP Scott Croyle as Vice President of Design and Product. (more…)