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[2]: Comment by Nelson
by Nelson on Wed 18th Sep 2013 23:59 UTC 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[4]: Comment by Nelson
by gagol on Thu 19th Sep 2013 03:24 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Nelson"
gagol Member since:
2012-05-16

Cyanogen mod has brought an upgrade path where carriers threw the towels. I say they embody the true nature of Android much more than *ANY* carrier out there, nexus devices excluded. Continue the good work, we support you.

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RE[4]: Comment by Nelson
by Nelson on Thu 19th Sep 2013 12:00 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Nelson"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

No they're not any of those things, but I'm struggling to find your point.

God, some of you like to rehash the same anti-MS garbage every thread.

As if Apple weren't a price fixer, Samsung weren't a price fixer, Google didn't have numerous privacy violations they've been fined for, Motorola weren't an anticompetitive patent abuser, etc.

What's the point here, the large multinationals behave outside the law? Wow, that's a great bit of investigative journalism right there, as if it wasn't obvious.

I don't see them getting the cheap shots every lead in, and frankly its because Google and others are extremely good at knowing who's ass to kiss.

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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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RE[4]: Comment by Nelson
by Nelson on Thu 19th Sep 2013 18:49 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Nelson"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

And probably more than some Android OEMs, and because the IPR is in the same division as WP, Microsoft effectively forces Google to subsidize Windows Phone development.

Using money from your rivals to fuel your own solution is probably as brilliant as it gets strategically.

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