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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2nd OS?
by double_s on Thu 19th Sep 2013 09:53 UTC
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"[.] third-most popular mobile operating system, after traditional Android [.]"
Say what? What are McMaster and The Verge talking about? Cyanogen and Android count as 2x OS'es?

Have I missed something and is NT4, WinXP, Windows 7 and the server versions different operating systems all of the sudden? Panther, Lion, Snow Leopard, lambs and goats different OS all of the sudden? BeOS 4.5 and Beos 5? OpenWRT, DD-WRT, Tomato? Windows 8 and RT?
Any smartphone with Cyanogen counts as Android, period !. And all other OS will take the position just right after that. I expected more from The Verge !

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