While the CyanogenMod community is still chugging along, its corporate cousin, Cyanogen Inc., has barely done so. Its idea for a better Android has not been making enough rounds at manufacturers and carriers and the company has suffered job cuts and a rumored strategy shift.
Well, the strategy has indeed shifted. The company has opened up the Cyanogen Modular OS program that allows OEMs to bring in aspects of the open source software they like into their own Android projects, be it stock or otherwise, through “dynamic modules and MODs”. Cyanogen will benefit by recording user habits for its features and enrich its AI system.
“All of this has created an opportunity for Cyanogen to break free from its legacy model,” new CEO Lior Tal said, “which required it to own and deliver the full-stack of the operating system, and instead aim for something greater than the sum of our parts.”
Cyanogen already had produced a set of six Android apps with the essence of its OS in them. This move sounds in part like a fruition or lateral move of its MOD initiative in allowing third-party apps to mold the OS, being able to affect it in bite-sized forms.
This move has begat several others within Cyanogen’s C-suite. Tal took over co-founder Kirt McMaster’s position and also a spot on the Board of Directors. McMaster will be Executive Chairman of that board. The other co-founder, Steve Kondik, moves from his Chief Technology Officer position to Chief Science Officer and report to Senior Vice President of Engineering, Stephen Lawler.
Whether Cyanogen can find success with manufacturers has yet to be seen.