A great blow for Android users, CyanogenMod OS is officially dead. The company that aimed to create better versions of the Google Android OS is shutting down. Through separate blog posts released over the past few days, both Cyanogen Inc. and CyanogenMod have announced that they are shutting down.
Cyanogen Shutdown Announced
Cyanogen Inc. officially announced the shutdown through a very brief blog post that was released last Friday. The company said that ?as part of the ongoing consolidation of Cyanogen,? it is shutting down all services and nightly builds on December 31.
This means smartphones running Cyanogen OS will not receive any further updates. These include the OnePlus One, Lenovo ZUK Z1 and many more. It basically dooms those devices to obsolescence in a year or a two.
Cyanogen, however, added that the source code and open source project will continue to be available for developers who would want to continue building CyanogenMods personally.?Owners of Cyanogen-powered devices will have to move over to the open-source CyanogenMod ROM, which is not a commercial OS and is managed by a community of developers.
CyanogenMod to be Revived as Lineage
Although the CyanogenMod brand may be dead, the operating system will live on under a new name. The CyanogenMod team stated that while the infrastructure behind the OS was being killed off, they will push through with a plan for the OS to live on as LineageOS. The project is still in stealth mode.
It is believed that Cyanogen co-founder Steve Kondik is behind the project, according to ZDNet. Kondik proposed the Android clone to continue as a crowdsourced program.
Kondik said, ?The main IP [intellectual property] is the brand and trademarks. I don’t know if I can get it back without a fight, and I’m tired of fighting. We will likely need to fork and rebrand, which might not be a bad thing.?
The forked operating system is expected to be built on top of the existing CyanogenMod 13 and 14 versions. Whether Cyanogen OS will live on its new model LineageOS or not only time will tell.