CyanogenMod may be dead, but the world’s favorite custom Android ROM lives on in the form of LineageOS, which has now gained an all-new logo to kick off the New Year. The logo, which can be seen in the image above, carries forward the color scheme from its spiritual predecessor, Cyanogen, and has a symbolic representation of a fork as a nod to the Cyanogen and AOSP source codes that form the backbone of the project. The logo is currently visible on LineageOS’ all-new website as well as the project’s official Github repository. While users still do not have a LineageOS ROM to download just as yet, the team has already said that it will share more information about its Weeklies and Nightlies once it reaches functioning capacity.
The Gerrit code review page of LineageOS went live just a few days back, but it is still a nascent project that hard-working volunteers are trying to get up on its feet, so that millions of Android enthusiasts around the world do not have to lose yet another beloved project. Of course, one of the biggest advantages of open source projects is that they never truly die, provided there are enough volunteers willing to put in the hard yards to keep it going. That being the case, it was widely expected that the CyanogenMod team will keep the underlying codebase of the popular custom ROM in active development, which is how the LineageOS project has now come to being.
In case you’re unaware, Cyanogen officially ceased to exist last month after the acrimonious exit of the project’s co-founder, Mr. Steve Kondic. In an entry posted on its official blog last week, Cyanogen Inc. announced that as of December 31, 2016, no new official builds of Cyanogen OS will be released, and all associated services will be discontinued. With Cyanogen Inc. biting the dust, the team behind CyanogenMod decided to adopt a different name for its open source project, looking to avoid any legal complications that might arise out of using the Cyanogen brand. Sadly, though, what all this means is that devices with pre-installed Cyanogen OS are effectively stuck without support from this point on.