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6+ Vendors Will Launch Cyanogen-Powered Phones In India In 2016

December 22, 2015 - Written By Kristijan Lucic

More or less everyone who reads this is at least somewhat familiar with Cyanogen Inc., well, their software at the very least. CyanogenMod Android-based OS is currently available for tons of various Android-based devices, as long as you’re ready to flash your device. We’re not here to talk about CyanogenMod, but a commercialized version of Cyanogen’s software called Cyanogen OS. A number of smartphone manufacturers have already released Cyanogen OS-powered devices in the past, and one well-known India-based company has released several of them in the last year or so, read on.

YU is a company some of you might have heard of by now. This India-based company is actually owned by Micromax, and has released 5 smartphones to date. The YU Yutopia is the latest device they announced, and also their first flagship. Like YU’s previous devices, Yutopia is also powered by Cyanogen OS, and it seems like Cyanogen Inc. has big plans for India in 2016. The company is planning to expand in India, they will team up with quite a few smartphone manufacturing companies, whose smartphones will ship with Cyanogen OS on top of Android. Cyanogen is partnering up with six Indian and international smartphone suppliers in 2016, though no names have been shared thus far.

”One of the reasons we partnered with Micromax because they understand the market and consumers in India… It’s really important for Cyanogen to go beyond the enthusiasts’ community. We want to take the value of this community to mass market,” said Cyanogen’s CEO, Kirt McMaster. On top of this, the company will add more people to their Bengaluru team, they currently employ 11 people, and will employ 49 more by the end of 2016. Cyanogen Inc. is heavily focusing on India, and are spending quite a bit of cash trying to grow in that Asian country. By the looks of it, we’ll see quite a few more smartphone manufacturers pre-install Cyanogen OS on their devices. We’ll report back as soon as Cyanogen releases more info because the company’s CEO did not share any specifics this time around. Stay tuned for additional info.