Cyanogen to cease all operations by the end of this week

Cyanogen to cease all operations by the end of this week

Barely a month after announcing a split with founder Steve Kondik, Cyanogen Inc. has now announced that it is ceasing all operations by end 2016. This means that come next week, there will be no further updates to the OS, no more nightly builds and no further security updates. If you’re on a mobile phone that runs on a Cyanogen OS (like OnePlus and WileyFox), you’ll have to shift to the Open Source version for further support.

Even the official Cyanogen blog has been taken down, but Android Police reports that Steve left a statement about the closure before he left the company, the most telling paragraph of which is this:

Unfortunately once we started to see success, my co-founder apparently became unhappy with running the business and not owning the vision. This is when the "bullet to the head" and other misguided media nonsense started, and the bad business deals were signed. Being second in command, all I could do was try and stop it, do damage control, and hope every day that something new didn't happen.

The worst of it happened internally and it became a generally shitty place to work because of all the conflict. I think the backlash from those initial missteps convinced him that what we had needed to be destroyed. By the time I was able to stop it, I was outgunned and outnumbered by a team on the same mission. We essentially stopped shipping after awhile because there ended up being two sides, split between the original vision and this new amorphous blob that nobody could figure out let alone build.

Eventually I tried to salvage it with a pivot that would have brought us closer to something that would have worked, but the new guys had other plans. With plenty of cash in the bank, the new guys tore the place down and will go and do whatever they are going to do. It's probably for the best and I wish them luck, but what I was trying to do, is over.

At the end of the post, Steve asks if the community thinks they should keep going, even if it means doing so under a different brand. This call seems to have been taken up by the original CyanogenMod team, with a new website to continue their work already live on the net.  “LineageOS will be a continuation of what CyanogenMod was.” is all you will find there for now, but suffice to say, if you’re a fan of Cyanogen, you’ll want to keep an eye on that space.

Sources: Android Police, Forbes, CyanogenMod twitter account, Cyanogen blog

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