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[3]: Comment by Nelson
by phoenix on Thu 19th Sep 2013 18:34 UTC 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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RE[5]: Comment by Nelson
by phoenix on Thu 19th Sep 2013 19:58 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by Nelson"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

What's "IPR"?

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