Cyanogen is an Android-based operating system that seeks to offer greater openness than what Google currently offers. Initially, it was offered as a custom ROM, but has grown in scope. The Oppo N1 CyanogenMod Edition was the first phone to come preloaded with Cyanogen OS. The One Plus One is another smartphone running the OS.
Cyanogen has also announced that the OS will power the Alcatel HERO 2+, a new 6-inch phablet that will also be available unlocked in the U.S. and Canada. Good move!
Android has a strong base in Africa, and tons of tech-minded people on the continent are itching for a taste of Cyanogen OS. With a fast-growing smartphone population, the African market is a good place for innovators to strike out. There is a fervent club of modders and hackers growing around African mobile brands. Imagine Cyanogen OS officially on a TECNO or Infinix or any of the others springing up here and there.
Of course, Cyanogen on a number of new Indian and Chinese brands is highly recommended. This will be a good way to push new boundaries and gain new grounds in the highly competitive smartphone space. Cyanogen needs to hit Africa – and do it now!
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.