Cyanogen CEO: "Samsung Couldn't Build A Good OS If They Tried"


If you are just waking up in the US then you might have missed the events that happened overnight elsewhere. In India, Micromax launched their new Yu branded device as the Yureka smartphone. If you did miss it then the Yureka comes with a 5.5" display with a 1280 x 720 resolution. Inside, Yureka comes with 2GB RAM and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 Octa-core processor. In terms of storage, the device offers 16GB internal memory along with an expandable microSD card slot. If cameras are your thing then this comes with a 13MP rear shooter along with a 5MP front shooter. Additional notable features include 4G, dual-SIM, Bluetooth, GPS and a 2,500mAh battery. This also comes to the Indian market with a very reasonable $140 price tag.

So, all in all, a rather decent phone when you factor in price and specs. However, the really interested spec (which has certainly attracted the headlines recently) is this is the first device to hit the Indian market with CyanogenOS, the custom version of android developed by Cyanogen. This is the software which comes running on the OnePlus One and the one which has caused OnePlus a real headache during their own Indian device launch. Well, if all the news of the fallout between OnePlus and Cyanogen have not caused enough trouble, it seems Kirt McMaster (the CEO of Cyanogen) set his sights on Samsung during the press event.


McMaster was taking part in a Q&A session after the launch and was talking about how good CyanogenOS is as an android variant. During his response, McMaster stated that their competitors simply were not good enough to match them, even referring to them as "irrelevant". In regards to Samsung and Tizen, McMaster was quoted as saying "Samsung couldn't build a good OS if they tried". Further adding that he believed Cyanogen have the ability to be the "first or second dominant version of android on the planet". On a slightly separate note, Micromax was asked about the Cyanogen and OnePlus situation but the Indian OEM refused to comment on the situation. If you are interested you can watch the full Q&A by clicking on the source link below (head towards the end of the video). So what do you think? Are you a CyanogenOS user? Can Samsung make a good OS? Whatever your thoughts on the ongoing Cyanogen in India situation then let us know.

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