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Google wanted Cyanogen for $1 billion

News by Luke Jones on Saturday October 04, 2014.

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Google does not like forked Android systems because they cannot have control with their apps on the software, and the company makes no excuses about this. Sundar Pichai, the head of Android has said Amazon's take on the platform is not something they want to associate with, but it seems Cyanogen's is. It has been reported today that Google sounded out the Seattle based Cyanogen Inc. over a potential takeover, with the mooted price set at $1 billion.

Cyanogen takes the open and free Android platform and builds its own software and ecosystem over it known as CyanogenMod. This software has hit a chord with a number of Android fans and it is the platform found on devices such as the OnePlus One. Google and Cyanogen have not always seen eye to eye with Mountain View putting a cease and desist order on Cyanogen Inc. in the past to stop the company using Google services.

The Information says that news of Google's potential interest in purchasing the company after interested investors were informed of that interest by Cyanogen's founder and chief executive. The $1 billion offer is much higher than what the company is thought to be worth, with Series B funding closing at $22 million last year and Series C will now arrive with a big number attached to the company.

Google's interest is surprising considering the company's view on this kind of Android experience, but general interest in Cyanogen is not new as both Microsoft and Yahoo are said to be interested in buying the company.

source: The Information

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