Cyanogen, the company behind the Android-based open source mobile OS, is having quite a productive showing at this year’s Mobile World Congress thanks largely in part to a new collaboration with chip maker Qualcomm.
The partnership will see Cynaogen provide its mobile OS for the upcoming Qualcomm Reference Design (QRD) that’ll be used with Qualcomm 200, 400 and 600 series processors. QRD devices are basically templates that smaller smartphone makers often use to expedite the process of getting their handsets to market.
Up to this point, Cyanogen has only come preinstalled on three devices – the OnePlus One, the Oppo N1 and the Micromax Yureka. The deal should see that number increase in the coming months although don’t expect it to arrive on your next high-end handset anytime soon.
One of the first devices to arrive in the US under the partnership will be the Alcatel Hero 2+. Compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile networks, it’ll be sold online without a contract for $299.
Cyanogen is also sprucing itself up with a new look that the company hopes will capture its commitment to openness. They’ve also refreshed their website to reflect the new logo. Visitors will find increased whitespace, a vibrant color scheme and typography that has been updated for readability.
All of this is part of a larger effort to shed its modder roots and transition into a legitimate OS that anyone will feel comfortable with.