For users just get started with the custom ROM community, CyanogenMod has long been the gold standard. With tons of features, good compatibility, and a vibrant development community, it sure helped lower the bar for smartphone owners interested in expanding beyond the manufacturer-approved software their phones were stuck with. Today, the whole CyanogenMod project takes on a new direction, with announcement of the formation of Cyanogen Inc.
This has been in the works since late last year, when former Boost Mobile co-founder Kirt McMaster approached Steve Kondik with his vision for the future of CyanogenMod. After securing funding and moving into a formal office, the team has been hard at work building new functionality into CM, tracking down bugs, and giving the ROM even more polish than before. This is all building up towards the first big step for the new Cyanogen Inc., the introduction of an official installer app in the Google Play store.
The idea there is to drastically streamline CM installation, making it practically idiot-proof and bringing the custom ROM to more users than ever before.
Going forward, expect much of the same sort of things we’ve come to expect from CM thus far – keeping things open source (at least, that sounds like the plan) and a devoted user community – but now with better organization, leadership, and the drive to get things done. The team will be sharing more about its goals in the coming weeks, and we’re very much curious to learn where this ambitious project is headed next.