Qualcomm and Cyanogen Inc have struck a deal as part of which the software company will provide its Cyanogen OS for future Qualcomm Reference Design (QRD) running Snapdragon 200, 400, and 600 series processors, Cyanogen announced last night. Also Read - Oppo foldable phone likely to feature Galaxy Z Fold 3 like design, tipped to get 50MP triple cameraAlso Read - Vivo Pad with Snapdragon 870 SoC appears online, likely to debut next year
QRD program aims to bolster the production of smartphones at lower development costs. With Cyanogen s software, Qualcomm’s hardware partners will be able to ship their smartphones quicker. The partnership will help Cyanogen extend its user base and put its software on more devices than ever. The company hopes that they will be able to raise the bar for the software in lower-specced devices. Also Read - Oppo Find N 5G could launch as Oppo's first foldable smartphone next month
“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.”
“We chose to work with Cyanogen based on their deep Android expertise and innovative approach to enhancing smartphone software,” said Jason Bremner, SVP of Product Management, Qualcomm Technologies . ” By collaborating with Cyanogen, we are able to offer unique experiences to users of Snapdragon based devices.”
What was once thought of as a hobbyist project, Cyanogen has come a long way. The company has been aggressively trying to increase its presence. Over the past two years, it has partnered with Oppo, OnePlus and Yu to place its commercial operating system on their flagship smartphones. The company also makes CyanogenMod, a ROM which is compatible with more than 220 devices and has more than 50 million users.
At an event earlier, McMaster said that his company is working to make Android more customizable and provide developers with more customization ability, especially the access to the core part of Android. In the next few years, he wants Cyanogen to significantly reduce its reliance on Google, and also, take Android away from Google, he added.
At the sidelines of the announcement, Cyanogen also revealed its new branding and launched a new website at www.cyngn.com.