Cyanogen Inc, the company behind one of the most customizable and flexible Android-based operating systems is restructuring and overhauling its services. To start off, they have a new CEO – Lior Tal replacing Kirt McMaster who is now appointed as the Executive Chairman of the Board. Another big thing they’ve announced is an entirely new Cyanogen Modular OS program and an unfortunate adieu to the CyanogenMod open source project.
Cyanogen Modular OS is a step towards an “open and smarter Android” allowing third-party OEMs to embed Cyanogen’s services into their custom Android operating systems. Company’s blog post further mentions that a modular project will eliminate the limitations of requiring the full Cyanogen OS stack and individual device bring-ups allowing Cyanogen to spread out to more handsets without the need for implementing the entire OS. This, essentially means that smartphone manufacturers will be able to specifically pick out Cyanogen’s dynamic modules and MODs for adding in their own ROMs or stock android.
Developers will also have access to Cyanogen’s Artificial Intelligence cloud services through which they can learn usage patterns throughout the operating system and introduce better and more contextual services depending on the collected data. This, as a result, puts an end to Cyanogen’s dedicated operating system which has powered nearly twenty mobile devices. It will be quite fascinating to see how the company progresses from here and we’re surely looking forward to future partnerships, although, terminating of Cyanogen OS will be disheartening for a lot of users and developers indeed. However, Cyanogen hasn’t specifically mentioned what will happen to the existing devices and whether they’ll keep receiving updates or not.
On Cyanogen’s blog, Lior Tal stated – “In recent years, Android and the mobile ecosystem changed. Android has become extremely fragmented causing serious security vulnerabilities and few or no incentives to device manufacturers to deliver software upgrades and/or security patches. Increased demand for lower-priced smartphones, coupled with the specifications arms race, has left manufacturers focused on scale and efficiency while compromising investment in software and services. Innovation cannot happen in a vacuum, which is what we have today.”