Rest In Peace CYANOGEN, Hello! Lineage
Lo and behold the end of the company that wanted to destroy Google’s Android OS. If memory serves me right, the now ousted CEO, Steve KodniK, once famously proclaimed he wanted to put a “bullet through Google’s head.” Seems like things have taken a 360-degree turn and now the bullet is in Cyanogens head instead of Google’s. The company that started out with the overambitious goal of building better versions of the Android operating system than those created by Google itself, finally announced its shut down late Friday through a brief blog posting:
“As part of the ongoing consolidation of Cyanogen, all services and Cyanogen-supported nightly builds will be discontinued no later than 12/31/16. The open source project and source code will remain available for anyone who wants to build CyanogenMod personally.”
This is bad news for owners of devices that run on Cyanogen OS, such as the OnePlus One and Lenovo ZUK Z1, because they won’t be getting any more updates on their OS after 31st of December and therefore have to shift to the open-source CyanogenMod ROM, which isn’t a commercial OS and is run by a community of developers lead by Steve Kodnik.
The shutdown hasn’t come as much of a surprise to some as there have been reports that Cyanogen was facing internal issues, starting with the layoff of about 20% of their employees in July of this year. There was also a major corporate reshuffling that took place in October, where Kirt McMaster stepped down as CEO and settled into the chairman position, while COO Lior Tal became the new CEO. The co-founder and the one known as “Cyanogen” himself, Steve Kodnik was assigned the position of Chief Science Officer.
Following the news of the shutdown, the CyanogenMod team responded on Saturday in separate blog post that although the infrastructure behind CyanogenMod was being killed off, it will push through with a plan to have the operating system live on a project known as Lineage.
According to the CyanogenMod team, Lineage “will return to the grassroots community effort that used to define [CyanogenMod] while maintaining the professional quality and reliability you have come to expect more recently.”