The makers of the most popular custom ROM for Android, CyanogenMod, is aiming for something bigger after a $7 million investment from two VC firms.
If you’re an Android user or have come across the OS at one point or another, chances are you have heard the name CyanogenMod. They are the makers of the single most popular custom ROM for Android.
CyanogenMod has successfully raised $7 million from Benchmark Capital and Redpoint Ventures. The aim? To become the third ecosystem of choice after iOS and traditional Android. The company has outlined the following goals it aims to achieve.
From its humble beginnings way back in 2009, it has now become a household name for anyone even remotely interested in Android as an end user or developer. CyanogenMod ROMs are available for over 50 different Android phones and are regularly updated. If you’re looking for a custom ROM for your Android phone, your best bet under most scenarios would be CyanogenMod. The company however is now aiming for a much bigger goal.
- Organize, lead, and support our community
- Create amazing user experience centered around how YOU work
- Security solutions that really work
- Stay committed to building the features our users need
- No junk
- Constant updates
- Available on everything, to everyone
The first step that the company is looking to achieve is making the installing process on Android phones easy. Currently unless you’re extremely tech savvy, the process of installing a ROM can be quite daunting. CyanogenMod will look to ease out the pains by making available a brand new installer on the Play Store. How this new installation process will work will only be known once when the installer becomes available.
The bigger goal of rocketing past Windows Phone and BlackBerry will naturally take time. The company will use Android has a base to develop a new OS aimed more at productivity than business. The success of this venture will depend on how Google will react. Integral parts of Android, such as the Play Store, are not open-sourced and thus cannot be freely used without licensing. CyanogenMod isn’t commenting on the intricate details, but did mention that the firmware will be free of cost.