“A company pulling their support out of an open source project does not mean it has to die.”
So begins a new thread of history for the Lineage OS Android Distribution, the all-new forking of CyanogenMod we’ve all expected. The change —announced on the community’s blog — was warranted after Cyanogen Inc., the commercial effort attempting to spread the software, decided to shift focus and co-founder Steve Kondik pulled out of the venture to work on Lineage.
At the same time, Cyanogen Inc. has decided to shut down services [...]
Cyanogen has been gettin’ busy lately after a somewhat eventful 2015. While it was on and then off with OnePlus, it has picked up some carriage agreements with a few manufacturers. Just this week, the software platform made it onto a major carrier in Spain with the introduction of the BQ Aquaris X5.
And the company backing a derivative of one of the most popular Android forks is just about ready to kick off 2016 with a bang. The Cyanogenmod community currently has a strong presence at the Big Android BBQ in Amsterdam right now and it has outlined a path towards its spread [...]
Consider it a skin. Consider it a better Android. Consider it an offshoot of an offshoot. Any way you look at it, Cyanogen has had its fair share of ups and downs as an independent entity (with some big arms to help it out), but those moves have been outside of the popular circuit — the carriers.
Enter Spanish carrier Movistar which has taken up BQ’s Aquaris X5 for 209€ ($225 as of this post). You may know BQ as a manufacturer of some Android One devices. It seems like the OEM is sticking to the bargain bin while still providing an interesting [...]
Innovate. Catch up. Innovate. Catch up. Google. Apple. Apple. Google. Rinse and repeat.
There are definitely reasons why Android has the world on its platform and why iOS is the only feasible contender in the US. That’s for another article. Meantime, Windows has been struggling, struggling and struggling with the slow waddle towards feature-packed Windows 10 for mobile. Blackberry’s been comfortable serving its corporate and security niches in the market with its own software and hardware, though they might succumb in the mobile platform race soon. webOS is off of [...]