In what must be the most interesting headline this year, Google has apparently been turned down after expressing an interest to purchase Cyanogen Inc. – the maker of the largest custom Android ROM in the world.
According to a report by The Information, Google’s Sundar Pichai recently met with reps from Cyanogen and was turned down after Cyanogen published an request for an additional $1 billion in funding – essentially a ‘increase your offer’ message to Google.
Cyanogen has told investors that it plans on bringing low cost devices running Cyanogemod to India, which directly competes with Android One. Not only would an acquisiton put this back in Google’s control, but would also allow Google to regulate the distributed ROM further than the minimum requirements Cyanogenmod currently as to adhere to by shipping with Google Services.
Whilst $1 billion seems slightly on the larger side of an estimation from Cyanogenmod, perhaps it’s the hands-off they wanted to issue Google. After all, competition is good – even if they are both running Android.