Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 23rd Jul 2016 00:14 UTC

We're hearing from multiple sources that Cyanogen Inc. is in the midst of laying off a significant portion of its workforce around the world today. The layoffs most heavily impact the open source arm of the Android ROM-gone-startup, which may be eliminated entirely (not CyanogenMod itself, just the people at Cyanogen Inc. who work on the open source side).


We have been told by several sources [ed. note: confirmed by Re/code] that the company plans to undergo some sort of major strategic shift, with one claiming that this involves a "pivot" to "apps."

Quoting myself, early this year: "Don't buy into Cyanogen. Just don't."

Cyanogen, Inc. has been misleading, grandiose, megalomaniac. I wish the people who got laid off all the best in the troubling weeks and months ahead, but I shed no tear for the megalomaniac, misleading, and arrogant way this company conducted its business.

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RE: Comment by enryfox
by benoitb on Sat 23rd Jul 2016 11:35 UTC in reply to "Comment by enryfox"
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I liked that the OnePlus One came with Cyanogenmod but it could have come with any AOSP based clean rom and I would have been as happy.

I like a stock rom and unlocked phone, not the Cyanogen name in particular.

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RE[2]: Comment by enryfox
by nej_simon on Sat 23rd Jul 2016 12:49 in reply to "RE: Comment by enryfox"
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Kirt McMaster, the CEO of Cyanogen Inc, thinks otherwise:

“Without Cyanogen, OnePlus would have sold like one device in international markets,” … “Essentially they built their brand on the back of Cyanogen.”

Such arrogance!

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:

Ok, but in that case, I think he's right. A good portion of the sales to US/Europe were based on it having cyanogenmod AND it being low priced/kind high speced.

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