As if it wasn’t already difficult enough to distinguish between Cyanogen Inc., the commercial enterprise derived from Steve Kondik’s vision of a completely tinkerer-friendly mobile OS, and CyanogenMod, the enduring independent platform based on Android and developed by an open-source community, there’s now also a Cyanogen MOD.

It’s no joke, and it’s a pretty big deal too, so be prepared to have to educate all your casually tech-savvy friends on what separates Cyanogen from CyanogenMod from MOD. The latter is a new “integrated mobile platform” devised by Cyanogen Inc. to “change the way users, developers, OEMs, and MNOs build and interact with their mobile devices.”

Wait, isn’t that basically the main goal of CyanogenMod as well? In a way, yes, but MOD takes native OS app integration to the next level, letting unnamed partners “implement unique experiences directly within Cyanogen OS.”

Truly anything’s possible now, including the de-isolation of various third-party applications that were previously prohibited from tweaking Android’s “stock” look and feel. Case in point, Skype functionality can be built straight into your phone’s pre-loaded dialer and provide handy VoIP services, while Cortana will soon be able to make voice-activated selfies a reality.

It’s obviously no coincidence Cyanogen talks up a number of Microsoft mods, but aside from the two mentioned above and “seamless” OneNote dialer, browser, email and calendar note taking modifications, other “partners” should help “usher in the post-app era” too.

According to the private company’s CEO and co-founder, Kirt McMaster, “MOD effectively creates a new runtime, a new way to build services for the Android super platform”, thus delivering a “more natural way” for people to interact with their increasingly boring devices.

Sources: Cyanogen, Engadget, The Verge

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