News by Andrew Kameka on Wednesday September 18, 2013.
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CyanogenMod has come to define the custom ROM community as the most recognizable name, but the aftermarket Android project is heading towards becoming much more following the creation of Cyanogen Inc. Formed in April, Cyanogen Inc. is a small but growing company that does not have a publicly shared business model other than release new products that simplify and enhance using smartphones. What makes it noteworthy is that 17-member company is designed to grow the use of one of the most widely-installed takes on Android from a previous non-commercial venture.
No longer just a side project for its members, Cyanogen Inc. will include apps, services, and software. More information will be released in the coming days, and the first major change to spring from the company will be an app that makes it easier to install CyanogenMod. Current solutions for installing CM require a level of technical know-how and effort higher than the company desires users to possess, so the first priority is overcoming what Steve "Cyanogen" Kondik calls "the hideous installation process."
Exactly how CyanogenMod will change under the Cyanogen Inc. banner has yet to be defined. The stated goal remains bringing the CM-flavored Android experience to as many people as possible, and that will continue. Other projects include CM Account, Privacy Guard, Voice+, and a new version of Superuser. All of these projects are designed to improve security communication, and data on smartphones. They mirror or tweak things Google is doing or will do in the future, so clearly not everything has changed. CyanogenMod has flourished to appear on millions of devices because of a desire to take stock Android and tweak it in less drastic ways than Samsung, HTC, LG, and others have made.
Cyanogen Inc. is a young company but it has some strong talent. Kondik started the project and has brought on some members of the CyanogenMod team to work full-time on for Cyanogen Inc., including Koushik "Koush" Dutta of Clockwork Mod fame. Dutta will take on the role of VP of Engineering while Kondik will serve as the CTO. Kirt McMaster, who co-founded Boost Mobile in the U.S., will serve as CEO.source: CyanogenMod
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.