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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Innovation and Creativity
by tonny on Thu 19th Sep 2013 01:53 UTC
tonny
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2011-12-22

There's quite popular China Tablet brands out there. For example Ainol. If Cyanogen people want, they can exchange mail with Ainol, promise to slap and maintain the update of their CyanogenMod on one of Ainol gadget--and their iteration of course, like 1S 2 2S--and charge $5~$10 for that. I think that will be win-win solution for both of them. Right?

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RE: Innovation and Creativity
by gagol on Thu 19th Sep 2013 03:26 in reply to "Innovation and Creativity"
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2012-05-16

I am pretty sure the tablets makers prefer to sell new hardware instead of providing free upgrades. Win win, not so much.

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