Cyanogen Inc to cease operations, users to switch to Open Source version, forks project into LineageOS

Cyanogen Inc

The Android-based mod OS maker, Cynogen announced that by the end of this year it will cease all its operations. The company stated that due to lack of resources and a decrease in demand of a mod OS, they have decided to shut down the company. From the next year, there will be no further updates to the OS, no further security updates, and no more nightly builds.

The users which are currently relying on the company’s OS, like OnePlus One users, will have to shift to its Open Source version. Cyanogen had tied up with manufacturers like WileyFox and OnePlus that lacked resources to build their own customised Android interface. However, later OnePlus introduced its own build of Android, named OxygenOS.

The other fact that resulted in halting the operations is the requirement or demand. The demand of a mod of Android OS was in its early phase when the Google’s stock OS lacks features. But as the search engine giant is releasing its iterations, it has started including features that were only available with Cyanogen OS.

Earlier this month, Cyanogen Inc revealed that it is closing their Seattle office. Earlier, this week, the company announced in a blog post that they are planning to merge their units into one office in Palo Alto, California. It is also offering their Seattle employees an option to shift to Palo Alto. Cyanogen has also noted in the post that the changes are to “improve the communication and performance of the team which will now operate under one roof.”

The announcement is not done yet, as the co-founder of the company, Steve Kondik is leaving the company. He is known for creating CyanogenMod. Kondik has published a Google+ post earlier this week, in which he stated some issues going on at the firm. The issues were mostly internal, and having to do with Kirt McMaster, the company’s CEO at one time and now Executive Chairman. Kondik also blames McMaster for the failure.

In addition, the company stated that they have planned to rebrand their firm to deploy new working strategies. “Embracing that spirit, we the community of developers, designers, device maintainers and translators have taken the steps necessary to produce a fork of the CM source code and pending patches. This is more than just a ‘rebrand’. This fork will return to the grassroots community effort that used to define CM while maintaining the professional quality and reliability you have come to expect more recently, ” Cyanogen added in a blog post.

The CM team is forking it into LineageOS, which will allow the new venture to distance itself from any associations with Cyanogen and Cyanogen OS. Cyanogen discontinuing support for CM is not surprising, considering the exit of the last supporter of CM within Cyanogen, Steve Kondik, also known as Cyanogen.

“CM has served the community well over its 8 long years. It has been our home, bringing together friends from all over the world to celebrate our joy of building and giving. It’s apt then that on this Eve of a holiday we pay our respects. We will take pride in our Lineage as we move forward and continue to build on its legacy,” it further added.

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