Cyanogen outlines new strategy, announces Modular OS

Cyanogen takes a step back from developing its own OS

At the beginning of this week, the company behind CyanogenOS – a popular alternate operating system for Android smartphones – announced a host of major changes, including the appointment of a new CEO.

Cyanogen’s strategy for the future involves moving away from developing its own Cyanogen operating system and focusing on the new Cyanogen Modular OS program instead. It’s an effort to provide device manufacturers with a much more customizable “modular” version to Android.

The idea is that device makers will be able to select and use different MODs on its devices. Manufacturers will be able to select whatever portions of CyanogenOS suit its needs better and incorporate them into its ROMs. For example, it will be able to have stock Android or its own variant on a phone and then add a bunch of apps from Cyanogen as well.

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This isn’t Cyanogen’s first brush with modularity. A while ago the company offered the MOD program – an initiative designed to allow partners to tweak previously locked levels of Android. This enabled device makers to basically create its own custom OS. An example of MOD in action was Microsoft adding the Skype app to the Android dialer.

Aside from Modular OS, Cyanogen also announced it has a new CEO, Lior Tal who will be overseeing company operations from now on. He will replace Kirk Mcmaster who will now serve as executive chairman.

Tal detailed in an official blog post what motivated Cyanogen to make the transition towards Modular OS. He explains the new version of Android is expected to become a useful tool to combat Android fragmentation. Growing security issues are also cited.

This week’s Modular OS announcement remains pretty ambiguous, as no specific details about the different MOD modules were shared. However, the company will probably shed more light on the matter soon enough.

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