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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Chinese OEM
by bolomkxxviii on Thu 19th Sep 2013 11:24 UTC
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Cell phone makers Huawei and ZTE should knock on Cyanogen's door. This would give them a bigger slice of the US market as a lot of techophiles would buy their phones with Cyanogen when they normally wouldn't look at their brands. Having someone else put in the work to maintain the OS on your hardware isn't a bad thing either.

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