Technology - - Dec 27,2016
Cyanogen, a company launched in 2013 for Android modifications and recently starting the Cyanogen OS, has announced that it is winding up all its operations.
The company posted a brief blog on its website saying that due to the ongoing consolidation of Cyanogen, all services and Cyanogen-supported nightly builds will be discontinued by 12/31/2016. However, the open source project and source code will remain available for anyone who wants to build CyanogenMod personally.
This suggests that customers who purchased sets like the OnePlus One or Lenovo Zuk Z1, won’t be getting any further updates from now on. In order to continue usage, they would now have to shift to the CyanogenMod ROM, a non-commercial version, which would be managed and updated by a community of developers.
The company has been making news for consolidation efforts within itself ever since it dismissed 30 of its 136 employees – around 20 percent of its workforce. Rumors had been surrounding the company in the past, claiming that it was in deep trouble. There was also a corporate reshuffling in the company that happened this October – Kirt McMaster stepped down as the CEO, while COO Lior Tal took the position of CEO. The co-founder of the company, Steve Kondik, was allotted the position of the Chief Science Officer.
The company is also expected to move away from its Cyanogen OS and would work only on its apps. For this purpose, it had launched the Mod platform in February this year.
Last month, Android Police had reported citing sources that Cyanogen will be shutting down its Seattle headquarters and move its operations to Palo Alto. Android Police also says that Cyanogen has been in a relentless cycle of drama and confusion, citing that the company still lists open positions for its Seattle office.