The year 2016 saw many ups and downs ranging from burning Samsung Galaxy Note 3 to Offensive tweets from Microsoft’s AI bot Tay. The most surprising of all news came on Christmas from Cyanogen Inc, the company which developed the open source Android based OS CyanogenMod. Cyanogen Inc. has tweeted that it will discontinue the support for CyanogenMod and also the nightly builds will no longer be available from the year 2017.
Thanks for all the support during this rough ride. Time for the next adventure 🙂
— cyanogen (@cyanogen) 1 December 2016
However, in another report, the Cyanogen code will be available for anyone who desires to build a customised version of the Mod. CyanogenMod is an open source community developed project, developed under the support of Cyanogen Inc. and allows heavy customization of Android OS to develop a Mod that runs Android at the core but also offers altering clocking speed of the CPU, native theme support, FLAC audio codec support, a large Access Point Name list, Privacy Guardunlockable bootloader and root access, soft buttons and other “tablet tweaks”, toggles in the notification pull-down (such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS), and other interface enhancements.
Cyanogen still wants to keep the project alive and according to reports, CyanogenMod will be split to empower LineageOS. This move will lead to freedom of the LineageOS from any control of the original developer Cyanogen. The move to discontinue any future support for the Mod was predicted after the ouster of Steve Kondik, the person attributed as the founder of the CyanogenMod. Kondik left the company after disagreements with co-founder McMaster. Who in turn brought Lior Tal as the new COO of the Cyanogen Inc. Tal introduced some harsh austerity measures starting from layoffs of employees to the consolidation of the operations in a single building.
Well, all we can say is that we love CyanogenMod and can’t be thankful enough for bringing so much innovation to the Android platform. Bye Bye CyanogenMod.