Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 18th Sep 2013 23:07 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

Cyanogen, makers of popular software based on Android that extends the abilities of smartphones, is making a bid for the mainstream. The four-year-old company, which began as a one-person side project, said today that it has raised $7 million from Benchmark Capital and Redpoint Ventures. The goal is to vault past Blackberry and Windows Phone to become the third-most popular mobile operating system, after traditional Android and iOS. And the company is already closer than you might think.

The announcement blog post has more details and background. This is either the best idea they've ever had, or the beginning of the end. I honestly have no idea which of the two it will be. I like the fact that they might be more popular than Windows Phone though - puts everything into perspective, doesn't it?

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Business Model?
by puidelup on Thu 19th Sep 2013 07:28 UTC
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Business models have a nasty habit of being "unpleasant" to end users. Either users have to renounce to some of their precious money, or to some of their precious privacy, or to some of their precious screen estate (read: "ads"). I'm really curious what CMs business model will be. This will be the deciding factor.
I don't think that google might have something against it, virtually all android OEMs are trying to build a "better android".
Also I'm curious about the possibility of a CM phone. That would be *interesting*, and possibly the best business model. Drum up publicity through the aftermarket rom, and sell your own officially supported devices.

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