If you are an Android enthusiast and has not been living under the rocks for the past few years, you must have heard about CyanogenMod. For those of you falling in the other category, it’s a free community-built distribution of Android which enhances the capabilities of your Android device. This does mean you need to root your device and void the warranty of your device but then again, it’s a small price to pay for the features you get in return.
CyanogenMod gained a lot of popularity in the past few years, providing unofficial Android version upgrades to devices whose manufacturers had ended support for them. To the users of such devices, CyanogenMod proved to be a savior, letting them have a taste of newer Android versions without actually having to buy a new phone. That is not all. CyanogenMod even provided features that are usually not found on Google’s Android versions a.k.a. AOSP, making the Android experience to the user, as personalized as possible clubbed with the latest security patches. However, like all good things, CyanogenMod has come to its end.
Cyanogen Inc. has recently announced that it’s shutting down all services and nightly builds of CyanogenMod on 31st December 2016.
This is a sad news indeed and came as a blow to the large fan-following of the popular OS. Though CyanogenMod will be available for our personal use, it grieves us to hear it won’t be getting any official support from the developers. This means any software glitch that you might have expected to be cleared out with a nightly build in the future will no longer be possible. Also, devices running on Cyanogen OS (OnePlus One and Lenovo ZUK Z1) will no longer be receiving any software updates after 31st December 2016. Though it’s not clear how these devices will behave after the mentioned date, it’s advisable to move on to another custom ROM while there is still time and XDA is there to help you as always.
Cyanogen has been in the news now for quite some time with regards to the organizational restructuring that had been going on for some time now. Kirt McMaster (ex-CEO of Cyanogen Inc.) was recently ousted as the head of the organization and replaced with Lior Tal and the company also parted ways with co-founder Steve Kondik. This was followed by the frequent news of layoffs and closure of offices at various sites. And now, this. It seems like Kirt McMaster’s goal to “put a bullet through Google’s head” remains unsuccessful at large.
It should, however, be noted that the company Cyanogen Inc. is not shutting down and will continue to operate. However, they will be shifting their focus to the development of software rather than an Android-based operating system. Meanwhile, the developers of CyanogenMod have moved on to a new project called ‘Lineage OS’ which will continue the lineage of CyanogenMod and take up where it leaves off. Steve Kondik, one of the co-founders of Cyanogen, has himself joined this cause of developing a free operating system. Lineage OS is still in development phase and there does not happen to be a custom ROM that can be installed on any device as of yet. For the enthusiasts who would like to get their hands into the code, the source code is already available on GitHub. With great power comes great responsibility and we’ve seen Cyanogen doing that for long. That’s all for now, keep a check on Cashify’s blog for more updates and news.