Cyanogen and Microsoft Team Up to Integrate Microsoft’s Services (Updated)

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…)

Cyanogen 12 is Now Rolling Out to the OnePlus One (Updated)

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 Takes in $80 Million in Funding, Says Stupid Shit Like “We’re Putting a Bullet Through Google’s Head.”

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 Inc and Qualcomm Collab to Provide Support for Best Features and UI Enhancements on Snapdragon Chips

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…)

Report: Microsoft to Invest in Cyanogen Inc, Hopes to Weaken Google’s Hold on Android

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…)

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…)