If it hasn't already been clear that Cyanogen has big plans for their once small yet popular custom Android ROM, perhaps the fact that they just added former Android and Facebook lawyer Frank Montes on as their General Counsel will convince people. Over the last couple of years Cyanogen has done some pretty big things, including moving from a simple team of developers to a full on company, and completing partnerships which saw their custom version of Android make a debut as the Android skin shipped with more than one device out of the box. They have also picked up some pretty big talent from various companies to run different roles within the company, and the latest is Frank Montes.
Cyanogen wasn't Frank's first tech company, as we stated that he previously worked for Android and Facebook, and has been working as the associate General Counsel for Coin for the prior six months before now. With the release of Cyanogen's OS like Android setup that launched with the OnePlus One, everyone saw a side of Cyanogen that perhaps many had been hoping for for quite some time. OnePlus of course had plenty of speed bumps along the way during their launch, which could have ended up bringing negative attention towards Cyanogen, so it isn't surprising to see them bringing on some legal counsel to handle any sort of matter that might require it. This of course is likely not the exact reason why they have done so, as Cyanogen is now a full on company and they should have someone like Montes on the payroll for any legal matters that come up, as many companies usually do.
In addition to Cyanogen branching out and moving into phones as an OS, Cyanogen is still keeping their mod community friendly version of the ROM going too, and they have also just released a Themes app which allows users to customize the OS much like Xaiomi does with MIUI. To say that Cyanogen seems to have a bright future ahead of them is an understatement, especially when you also consider their recently announced partnership with Nextbit for Nextbit Baton, an open sourced software meant for CyanogenMod which brings in some nifty sync and backup features to users.