Cyanogen Inc., the company behind the Cyanogen OS ROM for Android, today announced some major changes to its operations.
Cyanogen Inc. is kicking off a new Cyanogen Modular OS program. With it, Cyanogen Inc. will work with device manufacturers to implement “different parts of the Cyanogen OS via dynamic modules and MODs” into the software of their Android devices.
This Modular OS program will also offer partners and developers access to Cyanogen Inc.’s Artificial Intelligence cloud services. According to Cyanogen Inc., these services “learn usage patterns throughout the operating system and introduce smarter and more effective ways to resolve intent and interact with smartphones in a personalized and highly contextual way.”
Finally, Cyanogen Inc. is getting a new CEO named Lior Tal. Kirt McMaster, Cyanogen co-founder and former CEO, will be named Executive Chairman of the Board. Steve Kondik, Cyanogen co-founder and CTO, will be named Chief Science Officer.
Cyanogen Inc was officially launched in 2013 with the goal of selling Cyanogen OS, its custom Android software, to device makers. We’ve seen some Cyanogen OS-powered devices come to market, such as the Wileyfox Spark. However, it’s unclear if Cyanogen Inc. will continue to offer Cyanogen OS to device makers or if it’ll totally focus on its new Modular OS program.
The Modular OS program looks like a smart way for Cyanogen Inc. to get its software on more devices. With it, device makers can use Cyanogen Inc.’s software without having to use the entire Cyanogen OS, instead picking out parts of Cyanogen OS that they like and building them into whatever ROM that they’ve already got.
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