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Cyanogen Working on $75 Hardware, CM13 Coming by the Holidays

November 12, 2015 - Written By Matthew Humphress

Since its forming in 2013, Cyanogen Inc. has been in a constant state of evolution, and for 2016 the company plans to continue that progression. Cyanogen Inc. is a company that was founded in 2013 by Steve Kondik and some of the core members of the community that formed around Kondik’s Android ROM called Cyanogen. Today Cyanogen Inc. oversees the development of the open-source OS CyanogenMod, as well as a proprietary offering for strategic business partners called Cyanogen OS. The company keeps a clear line between the community fed CyanogenMod, and the revenue driven OS, but Cyanogen Inc has also worked hard to be sure that neither group of users feels they are missing out.

Today, Steve Kondik, who’s official position is the company’s CTO, outlined some of Cyanogen’s plans for 2016 at the Big Android BBQ in Europe. A popular Android developers’ gathering being held for the first time outside of the US. A bullet point from Kondik’s presentation that read: “High performance, no compromise software on inexpensive hardware,” pretty much sums up the company’s focus going into the next year. CM13, the next release of Cyanogen was announced in October, and Kondik expresses how important APIs will be to the system.  Through creating APIs for everything, Cyanogen can provide the building blocks that make development easier and more extensible—at the system level for CyanogenMod and for apps on Cyanogen OS.

The software was not all Kondik had to talk about. The Company’s 2016 device strategy is to showcase Cyanogen by using it to turn really cheap android hardware, into really good handsets. The CTO touted the company’s long history with working to put Cyanogen on the multitudes of android devices over the years. He says the company learned a lot from those experiences, and it has taught them how to get the best performance out of low-level hardware. The company believe that should help position its software as an attractive and viable option for the budget phone manufacturers.

Kondik also teased the desire to see a flagship phone the company can affix its brand too. But details about what and when were not given. Cyanogen has maintained a loyal user base and community that has continued to expand over the years—amongst whom the excitement for CM13 is palpable. Kondik says they plan to ship a stable release before the holidays, ensuring 2016 will be a key step in the continued evolution of Cyanogen.