Cyanogen has announced through a top executive today that a substantial portion of the company’s latest funding round will be put towards a Cyanogen India office. The office is set to open within the next three months; the goal with the office will be to bring together a team dedicated to working on India-specific assignments, given that the country has become a hotbed for smartphone growth over the past few years.
Said Vikram Natarajan, a senior vice president at Cyanogen, “India is very attractive. It is one of the hyper-growth markets for mobile today.” This new India team is expected to have about 50 employees within a year. It’ll be tasked with tailoring the Cyanogen operating system for specific use in India, as well as doing the quality assurance testing that is necessary for all launches.
The office will either be in Bengaluru or Delhi; the location has not been decided for sure yet. It will be funded by the company’s latest $80 million funding round, led by India-based Premji Invest (which is deliberate, says Natarajan – India represents a large part of Cyanogen’s planning and focus for the near and distant future).