Cyanogen wants to break away from Google, plans to launch its own app store

Cyanogen is looking to make Android its own, and if you’re wondering about their solution, they are planning to fork Android. They want to make Android truly open source, by breaking it away from Google, in order to allow developers to provide a deeper level of integration as much as possible.

Kirt McMaster, CEO at Cyanogen, later explained it to Android Authority, “We’re making a version of Android that is more open so we can integrate with more partners so their servicers can be tier one services, so startups working on [artificial intelligence] or other problems don’t get stuck having you have to launch a stupid little application that inevitably gets acquired by Google or Apple. These companies can thrive on non-Google Android,” he said.

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McMaster gave the example of Google Now, which is plugged into core of the system. It is able to do so as it can read data from all services on your Android device. The same privileges are not granted to any other third party services who can also take advantage of such core level integration. McMaster named Yahoo’s Aviate launcher could benefit from such integration and could be one of the Cyanogen partner. They are also planning to launch their own app store, rivalling Google Play Store.

To do this, Cyanogen will have to launch their own app store and it plans to do so in next 18 months. Since McMaster has already given us the timeline it appears that the company has already taken steps to move with the plan.

McMaster also mentioned that in three to five years Cyanogen will be more based on some derivate of Google. “We’ve barely scratched the surface in regards to what mobile can be. Today, Cyanogen has some dependence on Google. Tomorrow, it will not. We will not be based on some derivative of Google in three to five years. There will be services that are doing the same old bulls- with Android, and then there will be something different. That is where we’re going here. (Cyanogen is a) white horse that opens the entire platform up. Google is running the table, and nobody likes that.”

While Cyanogen seems to be quite high ambitions about Android, it would be interesting to see whether consumers can trust them after the recent OnePlus One and Micromax saga.

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January 29, 2015 11:59 am 11:59 AM

Off topic question. Is there any app or site to watch live streaming TV channels like Movies Now. ?

January 31, 2015 12:49 pm 12:49 PM

NexGtv, Ditto tv, Mundu. All of these provide live TV streaming but they consume valuable data. If u have an unlimited internet connection u can go for it

January 29, 2015 9:03 am 9:03 AM

CM12 is based on lolipop. It will have all the cool animations and things google implemented in android.
I use cm for getting more customisation for what google offers with android. If they are both going in different direction in the development process i dont see why i should continue using cm instead of google’s android. What if google brings a new desing style like material in next iteration? Will that get implemented to cm? If not, then other roms like pa all the way.

January 28, 2015 6:25 pm 6:25 PM
i have few queries in my mind …………………………………………………………… What is the future of cdma in india?? What will be the participates for cdma in upcoming spectrum action?? MTS not willing to offer pan india service? will they? by acquiring tata’s cdma business?? tata is no more interested in both cdma & gsm? they will exit telecom business?? will telenor or vodafone buy tata’s telecom business??what will be the future of cdma rev B network?? reliance has agresively started rolling it to non 3G circle, will they still bid for 3G in upcoming spectrum action or will they go for 4G??… Read more »
January 29, 2015 9:14 pm 9:14 PM
Ans 1- Really dark future of CDMA in india unless MTS does something great or Verizon enter market. :-p Ans 2 -Not Yet Declared. Ans 3- Yup MTS is definitely interested in providing pan-india CDMA services Ans 4- Sadly but yes, TATA will quit CDMA and most probably GSM market soon! Ans 5- I don’t think so because tata neither has such great infrastructure nor customers. It has REALLY VERY HIGH DEBT. All it has is spectrum. Ans 6-I don’t understand the question Ans 7-No! Not in near future. Ans 8- M&A rules would come more clear after auctions Ans… Read more »
January 30, 2015 4:08 pm 4:08 PM

thanks for your reply.
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