A series of third-party pre-installed apps and services would be used to replace everything currently in your Android starting with a capital G.
Can’t settle on Apple’s closed source iOS platform or Google’s open but fragmented Android ecosystem? You could always support the rise of a third or fourth major mobile OS force and throw your money at Microsoft, Amazon or BlackBerry.
Alternatively, if you hate, hate, hate everything ever conceived in a Mountain View lab and fancy a highly customizable operating system bringing the very best of the search giant’s rivals together, you may want to give Cyanogen’s new enterprise a shot.
Basically, the independent dev community turned commercial enterprise, now led by Steve Kondik and Kirt McMaster, envisions shutting Google out of the platform they themselves created.
This is a plan entirely designed by the company’s eccentric CEO, and while it’s not fully endorsed by most early CyanogenMod fans, it’s already attracted the interest of Twitter, Qualcomm, Telefónica, Rupert Murdoch and an eclectic host of other rich businessmen and tech firms.
All those big names put their cash where their mouths were, helping Cyanogen raise $80 million in Series C funding for a project that will likely revolve around Microsoft as well. Meanwhile, rising Miami-based device manufacturer Blu wants to get the first stab at a de-Googlified Android-powered handheld.
Not only will this swap Google Play access with Amazon Appstore support, but the intention is to also shun Chrome, Google Maps, Drive, Google Search and Google Now, and adopt Opera, Here navigation, Microsoft OneDrive and/or Dropbox, Bing and Cortana instead.
Furthermore, this and future Cyanogen OS-running smartphones should deeply integrate Facebook and Twitter social networking, WhatsApp or Snapchat messaging services, plus Spotify music. Why can’t everybody just get along and offer mobile consumers real, unobstructed choice between Google and third-party alternatives is beyond us.
But there’s nothing wrong with (more) competition, no matter how doomed it may seem at a first glance, so we say let them try “putting a bullet through Google’s head.”