Mobile World Congress officially kicks into full gear on Monday, February 22nd. While press day is Sunday, February 21st – that's where Samsung, LG, Huawei and many others are making their announcements for what they are showing off in Barcelona. Others will still announce their products on the 22nd when the show officially starts, and it looks like Cyanogen is going to be one of them.
The company posted a teaser on their Twitter account this week stating, "Google and Apple have their mobile operating systems. Where's yours? 2.22.16
#AndroidEvolved #MWC16" This leads us to believe that Cyanogen OS 13 – or perhaps something better – is being announced on the 22nd of this month. It's worth noting that Cyanogen Inc., hasn't begun rolling out Cyanogen OS 13 to their devices yet. Perhaps this is when that rollout would begin? Currently Cyanogen OS devices are running on Cyanogen OS 12.1 which is based off of Android 5.1 Lollipop. Of course, the company could also be launching a new smartphone and/or partnership at the same time. That wouldn't be a huge surprise at all.
Cyanogen decided to go corporate a few years ago. So now we have CyanogenMod which is their open source custom ROM, then there's Cyanogen OS which is their closed-source proprietary software that only is available for the devices that they've partnered with other manufacturers for, like OnePlus and ZUK. Cyanogen is also in a partnership with Microsoft and has put Microsoft's services within their closed-source ROM, Cyanogen OS. Nothing to be afraid of as their apps are uninstallable or can be disabled with ease.
We have no clue what Cyanogen might be announcing on the 22nd, but we are in Barcelona and will be checking out what Cyanogen has to show everyone. Last year, we got the chance to catch up with Cyanogen at Mobile World Congress and talk about what was on the radar for the company, including getting a look at the Alcatel OneTouch Hero 2+ which sported a large screen and a stylus, but ultimately got cancelled, unfortunately. Since then, Cyanogen has worked with numerous other partners in emerging countries to create some great smartphones like the ZUK Z1.