Can anyone build a better Android version than Google? Few months ago a group of people, including hired software programmers and engineers, felt so and tried for it.
Dubbed as Cyanogen, the startup was ambitious and promised to build such best version of Android mobile operating system that the world has not yet seen. However, late Friday its CEO announced to be shutting down the project after failed attempt.
The announcement also added the open source project and source code to remain available even after December 31 as it is now for those who wants to build CyanogenMod personally.
Two best examples that come loaded with Cyanogen OS are Lenovo ZUK Z1 and OnePlus One. Owners of the both the devices won’t get further updates and need to move over to CyanogenMod ROM.
It is important to note here the CyanogenMod ROM is run by a community of developers and is not a commercial mobile operating system.
It is sad to learn the community served for over eight years and is now forced to bid adieu to the OS. Staff of the company has also been giving notice to leave the company. Top level management people have also parted.
If believed to former CEO Kirt McMaster, the startup was “putting a bullet through Google’s head.”
Meanwhile, new CEO Lior Tal said the new program of the company is designed to achieve the original objective in building open and smarter Android that will have no limitations of requiring the full Cyanogen OS stack.
Tal was earlier COO of the company.