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Cyanogen Inc. fires 20 percent of workforce on failing Cyanogen OS business

26 July 2016

The company grew out of CyanogenMod, an open-source project that created a customized version of Android.

Cyanogen Inc. seems to be in trouble. Employees who were not let go were told not to show up to work today.

Several reports, including the original from Android Police as well as another from Recode, have claimed that Cyanogen would be pivoting away from OS work and toward developing apps instead, but company CEO Kirt McMaster posted a tweet denying that rumor. "The systems and QA teams in Palo Alto and Seattle have been heavily cut, with Cyanogen's smaller offices in Lisbon and India reportedly being essentially gutted", adds the report. Once there, they were pushed to meetings with human resources who reportedly laid them off without advanced warnings.

While many might think that the company would eliminate CyanogenMod completely for shifting its focus towards app, but the true story is that they have plan to bundle some Microsoft's productivity apps along with its own ROM and Cyanogen also raised money from Microsoft for that goal.

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The future of the company, according to one of the report's sources, is "apps".

The CyanogenMod, is an open source operative system for smartphones and tablet, the developers based it on the official releases of Android by Google. The change in the strategy is being led by the company's new COO Lior Tal but the company refused to comment on why the layoffs happened and how they will proceed with their new plans.

The latest Mod by Cyanogen is meant to enable deep integration of apps and services while using Android. OnePlus One came loaded with Cyanogen OS but this partnership didn't last long as the company then chose to part with OnePlus in favour of joining Micromax.

CyanogenMod is a "free, community built distribution of Android which greatly extends the capabilities of your device", as per Cyanogen Inc.

Cyanogen Inc. fires 20 percent of workforce on failing Cyanogen OS business