Cyanogen, the startup that introduced Cyanogen OS which people could buy pre-loaded on smartphones like the OnePlus One or Lenovo ZUK Z1 is shutting shop.
A blog posted by the company mentions, "As part of the ongoing consolidation of Cyanogen, all services and Cyanogen-supported nightly builds will be discontinued no later than 12/31/16." This means that there won't be any new updates in the smartphones which run on Cyanogen OS. Also, Cyanogen will be discontinuing its homebuilt services, like the "Find My Phone" feature.
Although Cyanogen had had a good start by raising $185 million in funding and partnering with OnePlus to preinstall its operating system on new phones, and it also had a close tie with Microsoft, manufacturers were not entirely comfortable to stop using Android completely.
When in July 2016, Cyanogen had laid off 20% of its workforce, founder and former CEO Kirt McMaster told Business Insider that while the company was working to build a "modular OS" concept, it was also committed to expand the Cyanogen OS.
Later in October 2016, when Lior Tal was announced CEO, he announced that the company was working with renewed focus on the "modular OS" concept wherein phone manufacturers can integrate bits and pieces of Cyanogen technology into their own Android phones, in lieu of investing as heavily in its own operating system.
"Android is this huge continent that everyone lives on," Tal says. "That's just how it is."
Cyanogen had once claimed that claimed its customized version of Android would "put a bullet through Google's head." But somewhere down the line it has been a tough year for the company with many lay-offs and executive shuffles which could be the cause of the shut-down.