Einstein wanted Cyanogen -CEO Kirt McMaster Google put a bullet in your head – instead are CyanogenOS and Cyanogenmod now history.The Community-ROM is to be relaunched as a lineage because trademark rights are threatening.
Cyanogen Inc. announced via blog post that the services and the infrastructure of commercial CyanogenOS off are. The CyanogenMod including the nightly build is concerned, from 31 December 2016 it will no longer be updated, only remains the source code.
CyanogenMod is dead, long live Lineage
The two founders Kirk McMaster and Steve Kondik had their different views partly public made known, especially McMaster fell by statements such as “We are trying to take away Google Android” on. Kondik is no longer part of Cyanogen Inc. and McMaster has been replaced by Lior Tal as CEO. The announced a few weeks ago a change of the company strategy for the Android distribution CyanogenOS, because completely dead is Cyanogen Inc. yet. Instead, I want on a project called Cyanogen Modular OS to work.
LineageOS instead of CyanogenMod
However, Cyanogenmod to be brought back to its roots: The term Lineage already a successor as Github repository, the name means namely ‘Appearance’. The background is that co-founder Steve Kondik had brought the rights to Cyanogenmod to the company so there could be trademark disputes. Obendrein had suffered the reputation of the name in the past months, why one decided with LineageOS for a new start instead of only a ‘rebrand’.
Generally, Custom ROMs are not as popular as before. Google’s own Open Source Project (AOSP) has become better and many vendors have incorporated features into their user interfaces, which previously required a custom ROM – just since Android 5.0 Lollipop.