Since the middle of this year, Cyanogen people have been showing signs that things are not going according to plan. After firing 20% of the Cyanogen Inc. team in July, and denying the change in strategy, the company’s executives now go public and confirm the end of the investment in Cyanogen OS as independent software.
Cyanogen Inc. was created in 2013, with the aim of professionalizing the idea behind the CyanogenMod ROM, which is a system based on Android’s open source. CyanogenMod offers an experience very close to pure Android, but without the name and Google apps, and Cyanogen OS was being developed as «professional» ROM software.
In principle, Cyanogen OS is sold to partner manufacturers as a complete operating system. What changes now is the fact that the company intends to adopt a “modular” practice of software customization. Thus, when choosing the Cyanogen Modular OS (as the project is being called), manufacturers will be able to choose parts of the Cyanogen OS software and apply it to their proprietary ROMs.
In this way, Cyanogen puts aside its independent software and starts to integrate features and functions in the Android of others.
Remember that CyanogenMod is an open source project maintained by an active developer community and is available to anyone who wants to use it for free.
So, do you think this modular strategy makes sense at this point?