The ambitious startup that aimed to build a better version of Android than Google, has laid off staff, let go of its CEO and parted ways with another co-founder, and is now shutting down its services and nightly software builds on December 31. The company revealed that the move is a part of the ongoing unification of Cyanogen. With this, CyanogenMod will be killed though the company has also confirmed its next open-source initiative designated as LineageOS.
In a blog post, the company briefly stated “The open source project and source code will remain available for anyone who wants to build CyanogenMod personally”.
The company had been in a bad place over the past few months and the end seemed unavoidable yet tragic. While the community isn’t giving up on Cyanogenmod, they will be losing any sort of support or continued development of the project from Cyanogen. It is grievous and aberrant seeing such a young and capacious company go through and fail the challenges before them, nevertheless, the larger and broader community will still have access to the open source work that is out there.
The fundamental matter of contention of Cyanogen was based on its ability to convince enough big names in the smartphone market to adopt its Cyanogen OS, failing to do so and unwilling to admit utter defeat, it said it would shift its focus on developing mods for Android instead of a complete ROM. And now it is shutting down everything related to that ROM.
Its software was always a hard sell because it required handset makers to ditch Android and Google services entirely in favor of Cyanogen’s own substitutes. Then there was the politics. OnePlus was Cyanogen’s largest partner, but the relationship was uptight and it ended on a sour note after just one device.
The news follows a long, mostly-insider company drama that reportedly included naming 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 modifications for parts manufacturers.
Cyanogen, the company, formed in 2013 with the aim of commercializing the already popular CyanogenMod, will be completely reliant on donations and volunteers. Given the way its user base and supported devices have grown exponentially in its early days, receiving infrastructure for hosting and building images could certainly be strenuous.