Cyanogen Dead, Long Live Google Android!

Cyanogen, the original Operating Software and rival of Google Android which was installed in One Plus first series of phones has finally called it a day with the end of the year knocking. In a crypt statement, the Yanogen, the company for sales of Cyanogen said all services of CyanogenMod will cease by this year end.

"As part of the ongoing consolidation of Cyanogen, all services and Cyanogen-supported nightly builds will be discontinued no later than 12/31/16. The open source project and source code will remain available for anyone who wants to build CyanogenMod personally," it said in a posting on its website.

It means there will be updates to Cyanogen OS, no additional nightly transfers and no further security updates. It may affect the owners of the original OnePlus handsets and they are advised to switch to the Open Source version of the Cyanogen.

The Yanogen had sold the Cyanogen OS to WileyFox and OnePlus when they lacked the resources to build their own customised Android interfaces. Initially, it had more features than Google Android versions but soon it failed to withstand the competition. Even its prime customer OnePlus stopped the OS and began to build its own Android interface version called OxygenOS.

However, Cyanogen will continue as an open source project that can be built upon by those interested. But the appreciation for the initial concept of the country was forthcoming from all tech circles. In an aptly titled headline, Forbes magazine said, "Cyanogen Wanted To Kill Google’s Android, But Instead Killed Itself."

The report in Forbes recalled a quote by Cyanogen CEO Kirt McMaster in 2015 when he boasted:"We’re putting a bullet through Google’s head". But Cyanogen has no existence with Google Android, which is an open source project itself. In fact, it went on to make a deal with Google rope in Google that allowed it to refine its services sold to third-parties.

As Google itself is a major mobile manufacturer with its own smartphone Pixel, OS customisation by third parties may have to reckon once again before starting their venture.

[ tags cyanogen shut, cyanogenmod, one plus operating system, one plus OS, oxygenOS, cyanogen ceo kirk mcmaster, google rival, android rival, cyanogen shut down]

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