More Chinese smartphones to be powered by Cyanogen
“Without Cyanogen, OnePlus would have sold like one device in international markets. Essentially they built their brand on the back of Cyanogen”, said Kirt McMaster, Cyanogen’s CEO. OnePlus can prove him wrong once the second iteration of its device will be out, one that will likely not be powered by a Cyanogen-modified version of Android. Early signs of the two companies breaking up could be also attributed by OnePlus’ own OS, dubbed OxygenOS, released earlier this month.
Where does that leave Cyanogen, with a user base of more than 50 million? Apparently, the company plans on partnering with Chinese phone makers (not that OnePlus wasn’t); think volume for phones powered by Cyanogen: “it’s a great way for them to build some identity outside of China using a brand that’s already reasonably well known”, said McMaster. Despite not naming any specific manufacturer, Cyanogen officials did however clarify that said Chinese smartphones will be aimed at the international market, rather than the domestic one, where the competition is already cutthroat.
Source: PC World