Cyanogen has set its sights on the Indian market and is now looking to further expand its base with measures such as funding local start ups, increasing the team size in India, and more importantly tie up with new smartphone vendors. Also Read - Cyanogen partners Truecaller, brings caller ID to Cyanogen's phonesAlso Read - OnePlus One users in India to get Cyanogen OS update after all as Micromax relents
Cyanogen co-founder and CEO Kirt McMaster, who was also present at the Yu Yutopia launch, revealed Cyanogen is now looking for new partners in India. “You probably see more than six domestic and international vendors launching devices running Cyanogen in India,” McMaster is quoted by ET as saying. Also Read - Exclusive: YU "Project Caesar" with Cyanogen OS 12 on Android Lollipop to launch in India in April
With the new vendors, Cyanogen is looking to target the mass market, and go beyond the enthusiasts community. The Cyanogen executive did not reveal the name of new vendors.
On funding the local start ups, he commented, “We have been considering something like that to fund startups, not just in India but globally.
In an interaction with BGR India, Kirt McMaster had also expressed similar sentiments on expanding its base in the Indian market. However, he added that the company was keen on continuing the partnership with Yu and Micromax. He also told us that the company is looking to further expand its community in the country.
Another interesting tidbit Kirt McMaster had shared that the company is going to focus on machine intelligence, and perhaps build software for wearables and other devices. Though, he categorically said the main focus is currently on the mobile platform. He is also banking on the next version of Cyanogen, CM 13, which is likely to bring a slew of interesting features.
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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.