Cyanogen said to have turned down acquisition offer from Google

Shawn Knight

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Most startups would be thrilled with the proposition of being absorbed by Google but that's apparently not the case at Cyanogen Inc. The custom Android ROM maker recently turned down such an offer according to a report from The Information...

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I wonder if, upon installing, they are legally required to pay all licensing fees to the appropriate companies since its obvious google isn't paying for the IP use (unless they count the previous Android factory install as PAID). I foresee, if and when they hit it big, huge legal challenges for patent use.


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Cyanogen is Android, not a new OS. They just tweak the code and add a few unique features, but the differences between a stock AOSP ROM running Chronus, a theme, and a few other rarely used apps and CM11 is small.

In-fact, CM has started to get bloated with stuff (although still very fast and light) and a lot of users have moved to other ROMS with only what they need (see CarbonROM).

The other problem with CM? How do they make money? Right now its all donations (whether from the public or an investor). You can't charge for Android, it's open source. I guess one day they could charge a fee for the use of the CM Installer (an easier way to root/unlock your phone than ADB) or maybe for the account that lets you see your phone's location, lock it remotely, etc. At that point though, people would just move to another ROM with similar features that is free. The competition is stiff in the world of Android ROMs. Any given phone has 5-6 stable versions to choose from right now with various levels of support.


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Good for us surprised they didnt sell like with minecraft microsoft is going to marketing whor* it but who could turn down 2billion.


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Am thinking of rooting my android device and trying cyanogen soon to see how it compares to the stock android.