CyanogenMod

Cyanogen raises $80M for anti-Google warchest

It’s been a while since someone had the guts and the cojones to take on Google at its own game, but most forward-looking people in the industry agree that it’s right about time someone did. Enter the loud and confident Kirt McMaster, CEO of Cyanogen, Inc., last year’s enfant terrible of the mobile tech industry. His most recent fundraising round generated around USD$80 million, even famously without Microsoft’s support, and everything seems to be “green-and-go” for Cyanogen OS.

New phones get CM12 nightlies: the 2014 Moto X, Moto E, Oppo N3

Even as the corporate side of Cyanogen pushes to be profit-making and be picked up by some OEMs as the Android OS of choice for their devices, the ROM-making “CM Team” continues to put out CM12 – their Android Lollipop-flavored AOSP-based version of the CyanogenMod after-market Android software – for more and more devices out there. Today, we announce 3 more to get nightly builds – the new Moto X (2014), the Moto E, and the Oppo N3.

CM12 now out for Samsung Galaxy Note 4, N910F variant only

CyanogenMod is still – arguably – one of the best at applying the AOSP (Android Open Source Project) flavor of Android to after-market software and making them so fiiiiiine. And they haven’t stopped. Today, they officially released nightly builds of CM12 – that is, CyanogenMod 12, the Android 5.0 variant of their famous ROMs – for the European variants of the Galaxy Note 4, Samsung’s flagship phablet.

CM12S arriving for OnePlus One in March, maybe OxygenOS too

Carl Pei, co-founder of China-based phone manufacturer OnePlus, let it be known through Twitter today that CM12S – that is, the Lollipop version of Cyanogen’s proprietary software for the OnePlus One – may be arriving mid to late March. And with a view to the quite public separation of Cyanogen and OnePlus, he also said that OxygenOS – the company’s self-developed version of Android – may arrive within the same timeline.

OxygenOS for OnePlus will be closed-source, CyanogenMod reacts

The final line of the story of the ugly breakup between OnePlus and Cyanogen is yet to be written – it’s a very public spat that is now fodder for tech blogs and industry pundits alike. OnePlus is now pushing for what has now been revealed as a closed-source software in OxygenOS as replacement for CyanogenMod (CM), which was the software of choice at the beginning when the OnePlus One smartphone began to ship.

OnePlus OxygenOS team grabs Paranoid Android developers

OnePlus says that it is close to fully revealing the stuff that makes up its new OxygenOS. But before that, it is teasing its fans with a few juicy tidbits, like the core people who will be working on its own custom Android ROM. The startup was able to gather quite an international team of designers and developers, but quite curiously, six out of its eight core members actually come from the core developers of CyanogenMod's biggest ROM rival, Paranoid Android.

CM12 arrives for Nexus 9, new nightlies for Motorola Droid Bionic

The Nexus 9 is Google’s new standard for tablets – a fine device produced for the Nexus line by HTC. Like its smartphone cousin, the Nexus 6, both flagship Google devices were the first ones launched with the Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system. It was just a matter of time before it got its own CyanogenMod version. That time is here and now, as CM12 now has nightly builds for the Nexus 9.

CMApps update detects what version of Android you use

We have talked about CMApps before; this is the app that allows you to run CyanogenMod apps on your device without having to root your smartphone. This is a great way for you to try out some of the apps that come on CyanogenMod without having to void your warranty. The app has been updated with some new features and one of them is a big deal.

OnePlus names own Android ROM as Oxygen, Hydrogen in China

It's no secret that OnePlus is cutting its ties with Cyanogen over the fiasco with Micromax in India. It has been developing its own custom ROM to replace CyanogenMod in its future devices. And while it isn't yet revealing what that ROM will look like or will offer, it is now announcing its chosen name. Its ROM will be called "Oxygen OS", at least in the rest of the world. But in China, it will be called Hydrogen instead.

Microsoft invested in Cyanogen’s anti-Google war chest, says tip

According to sources familiar with the matter, Microsoft has invested in Cyanogen, Inc., making a small contribution in the $70 million of the $100 million that the startup claims to have been able to raise. The startup has so far only accounted for the $30 million of the total. More than just a magnanimous donation, however, this move is seen to be Redmond's play to wrest control of Android away from Google, a sentiment that it shares with Cyanogen. Of course, this rumor is likely to raise many mixed emotions over the future of the platform and Microsoft's involvement.
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