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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Wild idea
by bolomkxxviii on Thu 19th Sep 2013 13:28 UTC
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I wonder if there is any way to get it to run on Blackberry phones. Blackberry makes some nice hardware but their OS isn't going to survive the lack of apps.

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RE: Wild idea
by BushLin on Thu 19th Sep 2013 17:31 in reply to "Wild idea"
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I'd say the challenge is massively increased by the Blackberry devices not already having an android kernel and the drivers inevitability being closed source... can't see the Blackberry devs helping out like the Sony Eriksson boys do either.

Most likely, if it got done, it'd be without hardware acceleration (i.e. crap for everyday use).

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