Cyanogen goes rogue: wants to take Android away from Google

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According to Android Authority, Kirt McMaster, the outspoken CEO of Cyanogen Inc., introduced himself this way at a symposium:

I’m the CEO of Cyanogen. We’re attempting to take Android away from Google.

He further went on to present Cyanogen’s new drive:

We’re making a version of Android that is more open so we can integrate with more partners so their servicers can be tier one services, so startups working on [artificial intelligence] or other problems don’t get stuck having you have to launch a stupid little application that inevitably gets acquired by Google or Apple. These companies can thrive on non-Google Android.

We’ve barely scratched the surface in regards to what mobile can be. Today, Cyanogen has some dependence on Google. Tomorrow, it will not. We will not be based on some derivative of Google in three to five years. There will be services that are doing the same old bulls— with Android, and then there will be something different. That is where we’re going here.


You can read all the juicy details over at Android Authority.

This is a tall vision by Cyanogen. It certainly isn’t going to be a walk in the park. What do you think of it all?


  1. Bold move, but I’m not in support. They make it sound like Google is evil.

    “Mommy, I like Google.”

  2. Its a note of warning to Google.I bet Google too will not loose sleep over this.

  3. They’re not planning on being all things to all men, so in that sense Google is safe.

    Android does need shaking up, so we’ll see if this threat makes Google raise their game or if it’s business as usual.

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