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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But, why CM?
by phoenix on Thu 19th Sep 2013 18:44 UTC
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Out of all the alternative ROMs I've used, CM was the least interesting and most buggy. It was great back in the Android 2.3 days (especially compared to what LG and Sony were releasing), but I haven't been able to use a CM 10.x ROM on any of my phones for more than a few days before removing it in frustration.

It's too bad they don't incorporate many changes from other ROMs ... development seems to be very unidirectional (CM creates stuff that some others use).

Wish them luck, though, competition is great, and a better supported upgrade/install option is appreciated.

If only Rootbox were this popular ... ;)

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