Bad news for all you Android customizers out there! Cyanogen, the company behind the famous Cyanogen OS, announced that they’re going to shut down operations on December 31, 2016. All services will also be shutdown, while the development on nightly build will also stop from that day onwards, as part of this process.
But it won’t disappear completely!
However, this doesn’t mean that CyanogenMod, the open source Android variant, developed and maintained by the community, will completely disappear. On the contrary, it will continue to exist, but only thanks to the efforts made by developers who want to keep working at it, as a personal project, as the source code will be available for anybody who’s interested in doing this, says GSM Arena.
“As part of the ongoing consolidation of Cyanogen, all services and Cyanogen-supported nightly builds will be discontinued no later than 12/31/16. The open source project and source code will remain available for anyone who wants to build CyanogenMod personally,” said an official statement released this Friday.
Users, take notice!
When they first appeared on the market, CyanogneOS was supposed to be a better version of Android and managed to gather a pretty big community around it. However, after the shutdown, each device running it must make the transition to the CyanogenMod ROM, a product managed by a community of developers led by former co-founder Steve Klondik.
Also, the software itself was a hard sell, since everybody deciding to use it was supposed to completely ditch Android and Google services and replace them with Cyanogen’s alternatives.
CEO Lior Tal declared that from now on they will start focusing on the Cyanogen Modular OS program, “designed to achieve the original objective of an open and smarter Android without the limitations of requiring the full Cyanogen OS stack and individual device bring-ups.”