Cyanogen, the company, formed in 2013 with the aim of commercializing the already popular CyanogenMod announced that it will be shutting down. Cyanogen in a blog post released late on Friday night wrote
“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 title of news writeup is telling:
Cyanogen, the startup that once claimed its customized version of Android would “put a bullet through Google’s head,” has quietly announced that it’s throwing in the towel on direct competition as it pivots its business after a tough year of layoffs and executive shuffles.
So I guess I can finally stop trying to perfect my pronunciation of Cyanogen, the company that tried and failed to kill Google’s Android OS and never grabbed much mainstream appeal.
The days leading up to the holiday have been a real roller coaster ride for Cyanogen fans. Yesterday, Cyanogen Inc. unceremoniously pulled the plug on its support for CyanogenOS in a short post declaring that “all services and Cyanogen-supported nightly builds will be discontinued” by the year’s end.
I can’t blame you if you haven’t been following the saga of Cyanogen, the company that started back in 2013 with the idea to take the vibrant world of Android modifications and turn them into an OS and a viable business. Over the past few months, as Android Police has dutifully chronicled, Cyanogen has beset itself with a relentless cycle of drama and confusion. It’s the sort of thing you can only really keep track of if you like train wrecks and are able to turn off the part of your brain that allows for empathy for Cyanogen’s employees and users.