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A significant portion of the talented folk working at Cyanogen Inc. have been laid off or are in the process of being let go, according to multiple reports. The reported layoffs are heavily concentrated on the company's Android ROM division, which builds alternative versions of Google's open source operating system for mobile devices.Building an alternative OS based on Android has been Cyanogen's main mission for the past several years, but with it failing to catch on with people, the company has apparently decided to focus its attention on apps. It's not entirely clear what that will involve, though according to Recode, the company plucked Lior Tal from Facebook to serve as Cyanogen's Chief... Read more...
It's no secret that Cyanogen OS co-founder and CEO Kirt McMaster wants to disrupt the mobile market with what he perceives as a better version of Android. He's made comments in the past that, when repeated today, cause investors to squirm, though beyond his unwavering confidence in Cyanogen OS exists a plan of action. Part of that plan includes integrating Microsoft's Cortana digital assistant into the next version of Cyanogen OS.Actually, it's more than just part of his plan, it's a key component. McMaster understands that the mobile OS market is currently a two-participant race -- Android and iOS (in that order). Yes, Windows Phone is another mobile platform trying to carve out market share,... Read more...
Cyanogen and Microsoft have struck a deal after all, it just doesn't entail a $70 million investment from the latter into the former as discussed earlier this year. Microsoft ultimately decided against trading a cash infusion in exchange for a stake in Cyanogen, though the two have now come to terms on a deal that will see Microsoft's service integrated across Cyanogen OS. As part of this newly formed partnership, Cyanogen will integrate and distribute Microsoft's consumer apps and services across core categories -- these include productivity, messaging, utilities, and cloud-based services. Or more specifically, look for Bing services, Skype, OneDrive, OneNote, Outlook, and Microsoft Office to... Read more...
Cyanogen, a company that provides users with the ability to customize their Android smartphones, has announced a “Themes Challenge” contest. Themes is a new app from Cyanogen that will be able to host skins that are available to Cyanogen OS users. The Cyanogen Theme Showcase launched on the Play Story earlier this year, allowing CM users to find a plethora of themes for the device of their choice. At the moment, the Themes app only supports free themes but will also support paid themes at some point in the future. Those wishing to participate in the contest will be able to submit their theme by visiting the Themes Studio, creating an account, read the guidelines and template instructions, and... Read more...