Cyanogen Rebrands Itself And Teams Up With Qualcomm For Reference Designs

It's been five years since Steve Kondik posted a custom Android ROM for the T-Mobile G1 (HTC Dream) on XDA forum under the "CyanogenMod" handle. It set the foundation for what has become the most popular open-source Android community distribution today, though that's far from the end of the story. Just the opposite, the best is yet to come, and to celebrate this new beginning, Cyanogen has a new brand identity.

"Today we're announcing a new look that we hope captures our commitment to openness. This new approach celebrates space, with minimal letterforms that don't quite connect, giving the logo a sense of motion and a feeling of inherent energy," Cyanogen stated in a blog post. "The new Cyanogen feels open: fresh, expansive, and free."

Cyanogen Logo

"Our new look is also reflected on our website. Over the next several years, billions of people will have their first computing experiences on mobile devices—so our site is fully responsive, with a mobile-first sensibility," Cyanogen continued.

It's a new identity and a new look for Cyanogen, which will also be reflected in the open OS the company is building. However, a revamped logo isn't all Cyanogen has been up to.


Announced at Mobile World Congress this week, Cyanogen is collaborating with Qualcomm to build software for its Reference Design (QRD) products scheduled for release in April. The QRD platform, backed by Cyanogen, will make it easier for device makers to release products on a timely basis.

"We're delighted to collaborate with Qualcomm on their QRD program," said Kirt McMaster, CEO, Cyanogen Inc. "We're addressing the needs of device makers in developed and developing markets looking for a truly differentiated software experience that matter to consumers."

The features and enhancements will be available from Cyanogen for Qualcomm's Snapdragon 200, 400, and 600 Series processors, allowing for a wide range of low-end and mid-range handsets. There will also be a new Launcher introduced in devices running these processors, the company's said.