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December 24, 2016

Cyanogen Inc. shuts down services and OS; open-source CyanogenMod project will remain

Sneaking the big news on the long holiday weekend, Cyanogen Inc. has announced discontinuation of the operating system and all services by December 31. Per the official statement, CyanogenMod OS and source code will remain available for the community.

The ambitious startup aimed to build a better version of Android, but the software received lukewarm response because the OEMs didn’t want to ditch the Google ecosystem. And then, there were issues with partners like OnePlus who ditched the alliance immediately after the first outing with OnePlus One.

The announcement was made in a very uncharacteristic and brief bog post:

As part of the ongoing [...]

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December 2, 2016

Cyanogen Inc moving project to California without co-founder Steve Kondik

Cyanogen Inc. has announced that it is relocating to Palo Alto, California and has separated ties with co-founder Steve Kondik. The post, published yesterday by Cyanogen CEO Lior Tal on the company blog, sheds further light on the circumstances surrounding the recent closure of its Seattle office.

“The purpose of the change is to improve the communication and performance of the team which will now operate under one roof. This consolidation effort will allow us to build in greater efficiencies and reduce restrictions in our product development lifecycle,” wrote Tal, adding, “Understandably some are unable to follow their role and relocate.”

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November 29, 2016

Cyanogen Inc. reportedly laying off more workers and closing Seattle office

The already troubled Cyanogen Inc. may be dealing with even more problems today. A new report claims that the company has laid off more of its workforce and also plans to shut down its Seattle, Washington office by the end of 2016.

See also: Understanding the differences between CyanogenMod, Cyanogen OS & Cyanogen, Inc. July 7, 2016

The report, which cites unnamed sources, claims that the future of the company’s co-founder, Steve Kondik, is currently unknown. In October, Cyanogen confirmed that CEO Kirt McMaster was moving to the Executive Chairman role, and that Lior Tal would be the new CEO. At the time, Tal stated that the company was changing its focus [...]

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