Amidst rumors of an impending shutdown, Cyanogen has finally made it official that the shutdown will take place on December 31, 2016.
The company’s December 23, blog post titled – “Cyanogen services shutting down” said:
“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.”
Well, the shutdown writing was all over the wall, and it was a just matter of time considering the downsizing of staff by 20 percent in July, corporate reshuffling in October and the ensuing rumors going around, mostly through the internal grapevine.
Anyway, now that the shutdown is a confirmed fact, the question that’s now being asked is – what will happen to smartphones like the OnePlus One and the Lenovo ZUK Z1, among others that use the Cyanogen OS? They will cease to get updates effective New Year’s Eve.
The obvious answer to this obvious question is smartphones dependent on the Cyanogen OS will have to switch over to the CyanogenMod ROM which is an open-source operating system for smartphones and tablets and is based on the Android mobile platform.
Here are some facts, mostly positive, about the CyanogenMod software:
> The CyanogenMod OS is a free and open-source software (FOSS),
meaning anyone and everyone have access to the source code to allow people to use, copy, study, make changes to the software thereby encouraging people to willingly improve on the software.
> CyanogenMod includes features and options that are not available in the official firmware of other mobile vendors.
> It has the capability of native theme support
> It supports Free Lossless Audio Codec (FLAC)
> According to some reports of March 2013, over 50 million users have the CyanogenMod OS on their smartphones.
> On December 23, 2016, Cyanogen announced the shutdown of the company including the infrastructure supporting the CyanogenMod.
> The announcement of the closure was followed by the announcement that CyanogenMod would migrate under the name Lineage OS.
Cyanogen was initially conceptualized on the basis that was “reimagining mobile computing” and allowing the people “to customize their mobile device and content experience.” And it goes on about the “revolutionary personalized features” and the great response from users as understood from Cyanogens’ description about the company on its website.
However, things seem to have gone horribly wrong; hence the rumors, internal controversies, reshuffling of high profile staff and the final shutdown announcement.
However, the CyanogenMod OS users need not worry too much as the switchover option to the new Lineage OS will be made available.