Report: Cyanogen Inc. Turns Down Acquisition Attempt by Google, Seeks $1 Billion Valuation

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…)

Cyanogen Inc. Working on “Something Really Cool” With Ex Google, HTC and Apple Employees

“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…)

Cyanogen Brings On New Executives to “Build a Global Phenomenon”

Cyanogen Inc. announced three new executive hires today, filling new roles for VP of Product, VP of Engineering, and VP of Global Partnerships and Distribution.

Cyanogen’s new VP of Product is Dave Herman, who previously held roles at Amazon, Hulu, as well as Microsoft. According to the press release, he helped to pioneer many “loved” products. Tyler Carper was appointed to VP of Engineering, with his past work experience being Director of Engineering for HTC, where he led the team that “built many software innovations.”  (more…)

Cyanogen Theme Showcase Makes Customizing Your Phone Easy

Being able to customize your phone just the way you like it is a double-edged sword. Android offers a lot of ways to change your phone’s appearance to your liking, but that also means that there is a lot of options out there for you to choose from. For me personally, whenever I sit down and decide to personalize things it can take a long time. Cyanogen Theme Showcase is looking to make that process much shorter, assuming you are running a CyanogenMod ROM. (more…)

OnePlus One Hands-on: Video and Gallery

We are live in San Francisco at a OnePlus One event, hosted by the Cyanogen Inc. crew, and have been given the opportunity to get hands-on time with the newly-announced device.

It was only late last week when the device finally became official, and already, the phone is sending shockwaves through the Android community with its beastly specs and that outrageous $299 price for the 16GB model.  (more…)

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. (more…)

OnePlus One to Feature 5.5-inch Display in a 5-inch Phone’s Body

OnePlus, a new phone manufacturer led by a former Oppo exec, has decided that the best way to unveil their CyanogenMod-powered phone is to slowly announce specs as we close in on a launch. I’m not sure if this is better or HTC’s approach, which is to let everyone in the world leak your phone for you. Either way, the new company is going to try to bring a phone with incredibly high-end specs at a reasonable price, with CM on board. Oh yeah, it’s called the One, if you didn’t know yet. OnePlus One, get it?  (more…)