Cyanogen was started with an aim to build a better version of Android than Google. However, since a few months now, the startup has had a rough time with it laying off staff, letting go of its CEO and parting ways with another co-founder. But what looked like a rough patch has turned out to be the end of the company. Also Read - Cyanogen re-brands itself as Cyngn, to focus on self-driving carsAlso Read - Lineage OS builds begin rolling out for Nexus 6P, 5X, Moto G4, G4 Plus, Xiaomi Redmi 1S and others
On a blog post, Cyanogen recently announced it shut down. With Cyanogen services shutting down running in loud block letters, the company wrote, 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. Also Read - Cyanogen is dead; LineageOS aims to be ‘continuation of what CyanogenMod was’
What this news mean for its users is that owners of a device that runs the Cyanogen OS, such as the OnePlus One, must now transition over to the CyanogenMod ROM, which is not a commercial product and is managed by a community of developers led by former co-founder Steve Klondik.
Cyanogen s software was always a hard sell because it required handset makers to ditch Android and Google services entirely in favor of Cyanogen s own alternatives. But the creases in the company s plans could be seen right when, OnePlus which was Cyanogen s largest partner, ended the partnership on a rather sour note after just one device.
Cyanogen had entered the Indian market with OnePlus OnePlus One smartphone in December 2014. However, later the company entered into an exclusive tie up with Micromax s Yu. The exclusive tie up compelled OnePlus to launch its Oxygen OS, which runs on the new the OnePlus 2 and OnePlus X. Cyanogen s decision to have more partnerships later backfired with YU ending its exclusive deal with Cyanogen in India. YU said that its users preferred stock Android over the Cyanogon OS.