Cyanogen is another company which has been highly present this year in the news sphere. This is largely due to what has been a massive expansion of their own OS, Cyanogen OS. This is the OS which is commercially available and comes installed on a number of devices like YU’s Yureka, ZUK’s Z1 and the Wilyfox phones. Although, some will be more familiar with this as the OS which did come running on the OnePlus One, until it was switched out for Oxygen OS.
One of the other Cyanogen-related news threads which has been passing through this year, is the concept of Cyanogen looking to detangle their OS from a dependency on the Google apps and services that come pre-loaded with the Android operating system. As a result, Cyanogen has been making a number of announcements over the last year with the company partnering up with a number of third-party app providers for various services. Like for instance, when they announced their partnering with Boxer to provide email services. However, these apps were only available to those running Cyanogen OS and could not be used on the other Cyanogen variant, the community-driven, CyanogenMod (CM).
Well, that now seems to have changed. Just like Google has its Gapps, which is an easy to install suite of apps providing all the Google services, Cyanogen has today announced the launch of their C-Apps. As the name suggests, this is pretty much the bundling of all their more famous commercial apps into one handy to install package. The apps listed on offer include Theme Chooser (which offers per-app theming), Theme Store, AudioFX, Cyanogen Accounts, Gallery, Dialer (with TrueCaller integration) and also Email (powered by Boxer).
According to the blog announcement, using this package on CM will allow those users to run a closer to Cyanogen OS level of operating system. The announcement does also detail that these are not compulsory apps and will not come pre-installed on any version of CyanogenMod. So it is an optional addition to CM. However, the announcement does detail that you do need to be running CM 12.1 for the C-Apps package to run properly. You can find out more details on C-Apps, as well as links to the downloads and installation instructions by clicking here.