Cyanogen is well on its way to becoming the next big mobile operating system. After raising $7 million in a round of funding earlier this year, it has now managed to raise another $23 million led by Andreessen Horowitz, The Verge reports. Also Read - Cyanogen is dead; LineageOS aims to be ‘continuation of what CyanogenMod was’
Cyanogen s CEO Kirt McMaster also revealed that the custom OS now has over 11 million active users, which is up from 8 million in September. This number, he reminds, is the people who have allowed the company to share their data and actual number is actually much more. Mobile has really just begun, McMaster says. Apple, Google, and Samsung have not won. Although it seems like they ve won, it s still early days.
One of the main hurdles the company has to overcome is the process of installation. Some of the manuals show nearly 23 steps an Android user has to go through to install CyanogenMod. The company briefly posted a one-step installer on the Google Play Store, but it was taken down by for having allegedly violated Google s developer norms. CyanogenMod s growth has not gone unnoticed and some Chinese companies including Oppo have CyanogenMod pre-installed on their devices.
Back in September McMaster made his intentions clear when he took aim at Windows Phone OS. There s always been lot of talk around who s going to be the third dominant mobile computing platform, he explained. Windows Phone would probably be No. 3 now. If you look at what our actual user base is, we might be equal to or greater than that.