Cyanogen layoffs hit hard, a new charge on apps expected
The company behind the more polished version of the Android ROM has laid off about 30 of its 136 employees, most of them working on quality assurance, systems and community support in the open source division. The smaller offices in Lisbon and India have been heavily reduced. Sources to Android Police say they aren’t sure if more labor cuts are on the way.
While Cyanogen OS has made its way toward a few releases with partner manufacturers in Eurasian markets, its spread has been slow.
A “pivot” toward “apps” could be in the cards related to Cyanogen’s MOD initiative, but that’s speculative. Whatever pivot it may be, Recode is reporting that it is likely being led by COO Lior Tal, who joined the company last month. Tal’s LinkedIn profile says that he was Director of Growth & Partnerships at Facebook from 2011.
The company has declined requests for comment.
Tipsters say only those who were on the chopping block reported to work on Friday to be told of their being laid off.