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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RE: Comment by Nelson
by Vanders on Wed 18th Sep 2013 23:32 UTC in reply to "Comment by Nelson"
Vanders
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2005-07-06

Why do you like that? The way you say it almost sounds petty. Surely not, Nelson?

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RE[2]: Comment by Nelson
by Nelson on Wed 18th Sep 2013 23:59 in reply to "RE: Comment by Nelson"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Nah, I don't really care -- it was a jab in the same vein as the Windows Phone jab.

I don't think this will become significant enough to matter and warrant litigation.

Edited 2013-09-19 00:00 UTC

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RE[3]: Comment by Nelson
by bnolsen on Thu 19th Sep 2013 02:11 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Nelson"
bnolsen Member since:
2006-01-06

ahh so the cyanogenmod folks are convicted of violating anti trust laws and pissing off untold amounts of people by forcing their vision down peoples' throats? sure thom may be a bit smug at times but if MS had their way no other os would exist except one controlled or patembt trolled by them.

My congratulations to the cyanogenmod team for getting as far as they have, although I would like to know their business model. So are going to set up a marketplace to rival google's???

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RE[3]: Comment by Nelson
by phoenix on Thu 19th Sep 2013 18:34 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Nelson"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

Nah, I don't really care -- it was a jab in the same vein as the Windows Phone jab.


What's more interesting is that Microsoft (allegedly) makes more money off Android patent royalties/payments than they do off Windows Phone itself. ;)

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