Even in its last week, 2016 leaves us with yet another sad piece of news. Cyanogen Inc. has announced the discontinuation of the operating system and all services (including nightly builds) by December 31. “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.” the brief announcement read.
This means that the devices currently running the Cyanogen OS will no longer receive any future updates or security patches. The users will have to move over the open source CyanogenMod ROM.
Those developers, responded to the news saying that the loss of Cyanogen Inc. is a “deathblow” to the CyanogenMod community. The blog pays respects to the community that served for eight years and bids farewell to CyanogenMod. It looks forward to the next open-source Android project called Lineage.
The ambitious startup once aimed at building a better version of Android but received a mixed response. The OEMs didn’t want to ditch the Google ecosystem. Then, certain OEMs like OnePlus and Lenovo who did venture out with Cyanogen ditched the alliance immediately due to certain issues.
If we think about it, it wasn’t totally unpredictable. Recently, there have been quite a few rumors about the internal company drama. That reportedly included the naming of a new CEO and the layoff of huge portions of the staff. While it once claimed to be “putting a bullet through Google’s head,” with a better version of Android, its focus now is reportedly building Android OS modification for parts manufacturers.
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