“Mod” Platform Launched by Cyanogen

A new feature has been announced by Cyanogen Inc for incorporation in the Marshmallow version of the commercial Android skin Cyanogen OS. The Mod platform intends to build apps directly into the operating system. Microsoft themselves are a large participant in the development of the platform, having developed Skype, Cortana, OneNote, and Hyperlapse apps for the platform.

The use of a large amount of Microsoft apps in the platform is the result of the previously announced “strategic partnership” between Cyanogen and Microsoft, which promised to cover “Bing services, Skype, OneDrive, OneNote, Outlook, and Microsoft Office.” The majority of those agreements are now represented on the Mod platform, with four out of the six currently announced apps being developed by Microsoft, which to some may seem like Cyanogen with Mod is simply facilitating a Microsoft version of Android.

What the Mod platform intends to bring to the table over normal apps is currently unclear. The majority of the functionality offered by it can easily be covered by existing apps, with even Cortana integration seeming somewhat redundant with the existence of the Assist API in Android 6.0. The main feature offered by Mod that is not easily covered by other apps is its “Social Lock Screen”, which allows social network updates to be visible on the lock screen. Whether this is a result of Cyanogen’s comments that their platform allows developers to “deeply integrate” their app “in a way that only Google could”, but it is unclear as to the meaning and functionality of this, which may be a series of special APIs built into Cyanogen for developers.

Cyanogen’s release of the Mod platform seems to show them going in the complete opposite direction to Google, championing the integration of software into the operating system, instead of the separation of parts of the OS into optional apps made available through the app store. Cyanogen is offering a “Mod ready” program for manufacturers, which intends to allow companies to load their devices with Cyanogen OS in order to access the existing Mods. They even offer a “Mod ready” logo that can be stuck onto devices, however, Cyanogen is yet to publicly announce any partners for the platform. For those interested in the idea, Cyanogen plans to ship the Mod platform next month at the same time as Cyanogen OS 13, the first version of the OS to run on Android Marshmallow.

Cyanogen’s Microsoft Deal Is Not as Bad as You May Think

Not a lot of typical android users like to see the words “Microsoft apps included” when it involves their devices. Power users such as people who use CyanogenMod and Cyanogen OS are even more likely to react badly to this.

This meant that news that Cyanogen and Microsoft announcing that they are partnering to include Bing services, Outlook and other Microsoft apps on Cyanogen OS has caused a fair bit of uproar in the Android market.

The biggest concern is that the Microsoft applications will ruin the bloat-free experience that they changed to Cyanogen OS for. As it turns out the Microsoft integration with the OS will be different to previous Microsoft and android integrations. The first difference being that any applications that Microsoft add into the OS will be removable. You’ll be able to uninstall the app the same as any other application you install.

Cyanogen have not said if they will be releasing the changes in the next release of their OS (12.1).

It’s clear that the team at Cyanogen want to keep one aspect of their OS. They want to keep their OS an OS of choice, and offering an alternative to the google core applications and services is one of the parts of that.

Thank you to Android Central for this information

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Cyanogen Partnership Will Bring Microsoft Apps to Android

Cyanogen has confirmed rumours that it has entered into a partnership with Microsoft to bring the software giant’s apps to Android phones. The partnership will see Bing, Skype, OneDrive, OneNote, Outlook, and Microsoft Office made available as a bundle for the Cyanogen OS later this year, with Microsoft working on “native integrations” for the softwares.

Cyanogen is the creator of the CyanogenMod, an open-source operating system distribution based on Google’s Android OS for smartphones and tablets that supports native theming and the FLAC audio codec, with a large Access Point Name list, an OpenVPN client, and an enhanced reboot menu.

Microsoft is said to have been trialling Android integration for some time now, with the company even developing a custom ROM that converts Android devices to Windows 10, all aimed at tempting customers away from Google’s mobile operating system.

“People around the world use Cyanogen’s operating system and popular Microsoft services to engage with what matters most to them on their mobile devices,” Kirt McMaster, CEO of Cyanogen Inc., said. “This exciting partnership with Microsoft will enable us to bring new kinds of integrated services to mobile users in markets around the world.”

According to Microsoft, it will “continue to deliver world-class experiences across productivity and communications on Windows, and we’re delighted that Cyanogen users will soon be able to take advantage of those same powerful services.”

Thank you The Verge for providing us with this information.

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Cyanogen 12 is Finally Available for the OnePlus One

Cyanogen just announced that Cyanogen 12, the Android 5.0 Lollipop version is finally done and available for OnePlus One owners. The update had taken so much longer than expected that OnePlus created the OxygenOS Rom for its users to be able to update to Android Lollipop.

The drama between OnePlus and Cyanogenmod was interesting to watch there these last couple months with words being exchanged by both companies. Kirt McMaster, Cyanogenmod CEO took to Twitter on March 31st to say “guys… calm the f down… it’s coming soon… when ready!” something that didn’t sit well with everyone. Now they have finally come out with the update and everyone can be happy for now. The new Cyanogen 12 contains many updated apps and utilities, including a theming engine called App Themer. The new Cyanogen email debuts in the new ROM, containing Exchange support, the ability to handle multiple accounts, and many customization options. The new ROM will soon be an OTA update for those who are running the stock Cyanogen ROM that came with the One. If you are inclined to do it yourself now the zip file can be found here.

Thank you, Android Police for providing us with this information

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OnePlus Releases Version 1.0 of In-house OxygenOS ROM

It is no secret that smartphone manufacturer OnePlus has had a falling out with its initial software supplier Cyanogen. The public spat over the CyanogenMod 12S update delay has led the company to go ahead and develop its own ROM.

OxygenOS is now available to download for owners of the OnePlus One, and it should make many owners happy as it will be an upgrade to Lollipop. It is based on Android version 5.0.2 and has and has been worked on by some of the members of the Paranoid Android ROM team. Unfortunately, OnePlus missed its self-imposed March 27th deadline, but hopefully the extra time will mean that there are fewer bugs for those who update to the ROM.

Source: Android Police

Microsoft Did Not Contribute to Cyanogen’s $110 Million Crowd-Funding

Microsoft is said to have been interested in investing $70 million into Cyanogen in order to take a stake in its operating system. However, the amount of money intended to be offered would have granted the company only a minor share. This is because Cyanogen is now valued in the “high hundreds of millions” of dollars range.

An investment firm by the name of Premjnvest is said to have invested $110 million into Cyanogen recently. Although Microsoft did not succeed in taking a share, it is said that the company is at least attempting to negotiate a commercial agreement to get some of its software and services into the Cyanogen OS.

Cyanogen continues to make waves of how it can create a perfect Android alternative, free of Google’s services. Kirt McMaster, Cyanogen CEO, stated that the company would have its own app store up and running within 18 months. Microsoft is likely to continue its interest into Cyanogen’s efforts and continue their negotiations in order to ensure its services can be accessible on the new OS when it kicks off.

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Cyanogen and Qualcomm Form New Partnership

You typically would expect an SoC manufacturer such as Qualcomm to announce what new technology it has planned next at an event such as the Mobile World Congress. However, this time around, Qualcomm has announced a new partnership with Cyanogen to work on the software shipped on next generation reference devices.

Qualcomm makes special devices with every chipset launch, called Qualcomm Reference Devices or QRDs. The program basically simplifies the process for companies to make and sell a device in as little as 60 days. Although Qualcomm uses Android for its devices, it is usually built from internal software repositories with all the basic necessary software to make it work, which is often not optimized.

This is where the partnership between Cyanogen comes in. There are reports that the QRD program has already been updated and that the Snapdragon 200, 400 and 600 series QRDs will be available with Cyanogen OS (not to be confused with CyanogenMod) along with a set of feature options for each device tier.

The partnership would allow manufacturers to be able to customize their experience more on the devices they sell, as well as making the Cyanogen OS more popular on Android devices. Users would also benefit from the partnership, since manufacturers would be able to offer more QRDs with the latest Android and a significantly greater chance for software updates compared to the current QRD.

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Microsoft Could Invest in Android Spin-Off Cyanogen

Rumours suggest that Microsoft is considering investing in Cyanogen, creator of the CyanogenMod ROM, the Android-based firmware that offers an “enhanced open source firmware distribution” of Android, but without Google branding.

The Wall Street Journal, through “people familiar with the matter”, is reporting that Microsoft is weighing up investing $70 million during Cyanogen’s latest financing round.

Kirt McMaster, CEO of Cyanogen last week made the bold assertion that “We’re going to take Android away from Google.”

Source: Hexus