Exit CyanogenMod. Enter Cyanogen Inc. Cyanogen OS. Cyanogen wants to become the 3rd smartphone platform.
Hardcore techies are familiar with mods and ROMs. The Android planet is not short of those. Only techies and geeks go on and on about flashing ROMs. Without question, Cyanogenmod is one of the most popular Android ROMS around, having a user base of around 8 million. Well, it looks like Android geeks can say goodbye to the tedious installation processes for CyanogenMod. Cyanogen wants to be a full-fledged mobile OS and so doing away with the flashing process.
CyanogenMod founder and lead developer, Steve Kondik, has announced that Cyanogen Inc. is now a full fledged company and will be deploying Cyanogen as an installable OS. Speaking about this development, he said:
We think that the time has come for your mobile device to truly be yours again, and we want to bring that idea to everybody.
What we are looking at here is another Android fork. Cyanogen installer will be available on the Play Store in the coming weeks, so Android enthusiasts who want different from what their phone manufacturer ships can download and install without any long stories. This is novel and an interesting development. Are we getting closer to a time when users can download and install the OS of their choice on a smartphone? I think that it is a step in that direction. If the Cyanogen project works, then others are sure to follow in their footsteps. HTC can have their Sense UI available in the Play Store for anyone using any Android phone to download and install. Samsung and others too.