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Cyanogen Mod Goes Commercial To Make "Available On Everything, To Everyone"

Unknown Lamer posted 1 year,13 days | from the live-long-and-profit dept.

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The popular Cyanogen Mod distribution of the Android Open Source Project dropped a bombshell today: the founding members have formed a corporation (currently with a team of seventeen hackers) to work on the project with the founder of Boost Mobile as the CEO. Quoting the announcement: "You have probably seen the pace of development pick up drastically over the past few months. More devices supported, bigger projects such as CM Account, Privacy Guard, Voice+, a new version of Superuser, and secure messaging. We vastly improved our infrastructure. We’re doing more bug fixes, creating more features, and improving our communication. We think that the time has come for your mobile device to truly be yours again, and we want to bring that idea to everybody. ... So what does this all mean for the community? The first thing I wanted to do when I realized we were actually doing this, was tell everyone possible. But when starting a company, you have to think about the larger picture. This meant not announcing until the time was right, our house was in order and we would have something to show. I have seen open source projects come and go, some being bought out and closed, others stagnating and falling by the wayside. I don’t want to see this happen with CM."

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ugh! too mainstream! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44884999)

cyanogenmod is OVER!

Re:ugh! too mainstream! (1)

thsths (31372) | 1 year,13 days | (#44885691)

They may have picked up the pace, but they also dropped all the devices I own. So for me, this is a non-issue.

I am tempted by the Nexus because of the high resolution screen, but I really want an SD card slot, and dual SIM if possible. Anything like that supported by CM?

Re: ugh! too mainstream! (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44885755)

No dual sim but the galaxy s2 i9100 is supported by nightlies. Sadly, cm10.2 doesn't work fully... for anyone.. but if you stick to the nightlies before July 22 it works great, Android 4.2 of course

Re:ugh! too mainstream! (1)

Beardo the Bearded (321478) | 1 year,13 days | (#44885957)

I've got an S3, but it's only got the one SIM card. It's easily accessible though.

What Cyanogenmod is missing is Bluetooth support. They have the basic functions down, but they redid the stack to be technically correct and now it doesn't work. They're waiting for Google to release some future API in a supposedly-upcoming release.

Also, GTA: Vice City doesn't work. But that's a minor thing.

Re:ugh! too mainstream! (1)

nurb432 (527695) | 1 year,13 days | (#44885707)

It depends. It could go either way.

Support the FagPhone and then we'll talk! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44885021)

Sorry guys, I only use FagPhones. The FagPhone 5's chamfered edges slide up my rectum with ease and no need for lube.

Sent from my FagPhone shoved up my ass

Re:Support the FagPhone and then we'll talk! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44885139)

As if you'd use anything other than FagOS even if it were available.

Re:Support the FagPhone and then we'll talk! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44885187)

You're right. Android just isn't gay enough.

Sent from my FagPhone while riding Saint Steve's rotting cock

Re:Support the FagPhone and then we'll talk! (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44885547)

It's amazing to me how people in this industry (such as yourself) treat tech like some kind of religion.

Don't use it if you don't like it.
It's just a tool, get over it and get that chip off your shoulder.

Re:Support the FagPhone and then we'll talk! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44885631)

Can I fuck your ass please?

Sent from my FagPhone 5 shoved up male hooker's anus

they have a girl!!!!!!! (-1, Offtopic)

alen (225700) | 1 year,13 days | (#44885033)

in the picture there is a girl on the team? what does she do? i've never seen their booth at a trade show and she doesn't seem like the booth babe type

Re:they have a girl!!!!!!! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44885081)

She's the pole dancer and the on-retainer office prostitute.

Re:they have a girl!!!!!!! (-1, Offtopic)

muncadunc (1679192) | 1 year,13 days | (#44885759)

Commenters on Slashdot should not be able to hide behind "Anonymous Coward" to post comments like this. This kind of comment should be a bannable offense.

Re:they have a girl!!!!!!! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44885873)

Fuck you, you coddled little cowardly whiny crybaby whose mommy and daddy protected and held hand through the entirety of life. It's dangerous censorist bootlickers like you who are the greatest danger to society.

And, for the record, before I was banned I once got 4 or 5 +5 comments, plus another two +5s as AC in a single discussion about wired homelessness; among numerous other +5 comments and many, many fans. But, thanks to crybabies like you, I was banned from posting because you and assholes like you insist on throwing the baby out with the bathwater because baby's widdwe feewings got hurt.

-- Ethanol-fueled

Re:they have a girl!!!!!!! (2, Insightful)

Desler (1608317) | 1 year,13 days | (#44885915)

Yeah! Let's also flog them in Times Square and have them thrown in jail too!

Or instead of being a bootlicking authoritarian who can't handle free speech, you simply dispute them with facts rather than trying to shut them out. Censorship doesn't change minds. It simply means those thoughts remain but are simply hidden away behind feigned politeness.

Re:they have a girl!!!!!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44885085)

Gotta be the dba...

Re:they have a girl!!!!!!! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44885101)

in the picture there is a girl on the team? what does she do? i've never seen their booth at a trade show and she doesn't seem like the booth babe type

She deflects Equal Opportunity lawsuits. In the industry we refer to this type of position as "Token Tits".

Re:they have a girl!!!!!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44885123)

What does the dog do?

Re:they have a girl!!!!!!! (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44885867)

Scruffy is compiling the new kernels.

Re:they have a girl!!!!!!! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44885135)

They have 2 girls on the team, if you count the ugly one in the back...who might actually be a tranny, but in these civilized times they call those male trannies "she" anyway.

-- Ethanol-fueled

Re:they have a girl!!!!!!! (2)

MightyYar (622222) | 1 year,13 days | (#44885189)

Crusty also seems to be on the team.

Re:they have a girl!!!!!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44885607)

I thought that was Larry Fine dyeing his hair blue.

Re:they have a girl!!!!!!! (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44885163)

You and the 4 or the 5 ppl below you are morons.

Re:they have a girl!!!!!!! (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44885325)

True. I don't usually subscribe to the "women are persecuted/abused/marginalized in IT" meme but this kind of crap gives me pause.

Re:they have a girl!!!!!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44885347)

True. I don't usually subscribe to the "women are persecuted/abused/marginalized in IT" meme but this kind of crap gives me pause.

... and it sure is certain that none of the guys are great pickings (though I may be too het to know).

Re:they have a girl!!!!!!! (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44885245)

Stop this.

Girls code. Girls hack. This is not news, and contributes to an incorrect societal marginalization of people sans Y chromosome in jobs like this.

What's more, you imply a team like this would only have such a woman on their payroll as a sex object.

You would probably say, indignantly "it was just a joke, all in fun!" Joking in this way is not OK. It needs to be shut down and shunned by society, and I'm calling it out everywhere I see it.

I'm a member of the Y-chromosome club, and I condemn alen's message.

Re:they have a girl!!!!!!! (0)

h4rr4r (612664) | 1 year,13 days | (#44885331)

You're absolutely right, get an account though so people can see your posts.

Re:they have a girl!!!!!!! (0)

adolf (21054) | 1 year,13 days | (#44885581)

Does this mean that girls cannot be sex objects?

Re:they have a girl!!!!!!! (0)

Noughmad (1044096) | 1 year,13 days | (#44885803)

Of course not, now that gay marriage is legalized, you can't even think about people of the opposite sex. Don't you watch Fox News?

Re:they have a girl!!!!!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44885831)

Does this mean that girls cannot be sex objects?

It means that girls get to choose. (Unless you're a feminazi, then it means that girls get to choose but guys are forbidden from appreciating their choice one way or the other).

Re:they have a girl!!!!!!! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44885657)

I only half agree with you, being that the cute one seems to be Asian. So she actually probably does contribute.

White/black/hispanic girls, not so much.

Re:they have a girl!!!!!!! (4, Insightful)

Atzanteol (99067) | 1 year,13 days | (#44885775)

Stop this.

Girls code. Girls hack. This is not news, and contributes to an incorrect societal marginalization of people sans Y chromosome in jobs like this.

What's more, you imply a team like this would only have such a woman on their payroll as a sex object.

You would probably say, indignantly "it was just a joke, all in fun!" Joking in this way is not OK. It needs to be shut down and shunned by society, and I'm calling it out everywhere I see it.

I'm a member of the Y-chromosome club, and I condemn alen's message.

This cannot be repeated enough.

Re:they have a girl!!!!!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44885811)

well that escalated quickly.

Re:they have a girl!!!!!!! (3, Insightful)

LateArthurDent (1403947) | 1 year,13 days | (#44885905)

Joking in this way is not OK.

There is no such thing as a joke that is not OK. People like you get offended, but that's because you don't understand the power of a joke. You're not going to change the mind of actual misogynists by telling them you're offended about their beliefs. But when society makes fun of their beliefs by making a joke like that, and everyone laughs instead of seriously agreeing, that means we're moving past it. We're showing those people their arguments have been shot down so many times they're not even worth it debating anymore. We can just voice what they're parroting and everyone understand it to be a joke, because that's the only thing that opinion makes sense as.

When you take it seriously and get offended, you actually legitimize their position. Stop it.

Re:they have a girl!!!!!!! (0)

TWiTfan (2887093) | 1 year,13 days | (#44886013)

Girls code. Girls hack.

Yes, but does THIS girl do any of that?

Oh wait, I just saw the pic and realized she's Asian, so she probably did actually earn her place.

Re:they have a girl!!!!!!! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44885251)

Wow! a GIRL!!!
How the hell is this possible?!!

Re:they have a girl!!!!!!! (0)

starworks5 (139327) | 1 year,13 days | (#44885287)

I think the dude behind her named danesh is her boyfriend.

Re:they have a girl!!!!!!! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44885321)

Sandwiches

Re:they have a girl!!!!!!! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44885361)

Hey look, let's all point and laugh at the virgin.

Re:they have a girl!!!!!!! (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44885387)

COBOL was designed by a woman. Spanning-tree protocol was invented by a woman. This thread is why I use a guy's name to play WoW and Halo.

Re:they have a girl!!!!!!! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44885701)

COBOL was designed by a woman.

Not exactly helping your case there.

Re:they have a girl!!!!!!! (4, Funny)

Minwee (522556) | 1 year,13 days | (#44885951)

COBOL was designed by a woman.

Not exactly helping your case there.

Women can hate humanity just as well as men can.

Re:they have a girl!!!!!!! (1)

P-niiice (1703362) | 1 year,13 days | (#44885955)

COBOL.

You left yourself wide open there.

Re:they have a girl!!!!!!! (1)

muncadunc (1679192) | 1 year,13 days | (#44885743)

Man here. This is absolutely unacceptable. Women code too. Women are smart too. In fact, women are human beings, just like everybody else.

I would mod this "troll' if I could.

Re:they have a girl!!!!!!! (1)

freeze128 (544774) | 1 year,13 days | (#44885949)

They also have a dog.... What's your point?

One question (5, Interesting)

AmiMoJo (196126) | 1 year,13 days | (#44885057)

I have only one question: How will they make money? That pretty much determines if this is a good or a bad thing.

Re:One question (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44885127)

Selling videos of your whore mother cuckcolding your micropeened dad.

Re:One question (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44885307)

You feel better now that you've got that out of your system? Maybe now the adults can get back to our conversation?

Re:One question (-1, Offtopic)

Desler (1608317) | 1 year,13 days | (#44885391)

Adults? The second post making the homophobic post? The third post by the social retard virgin who probably scares off any woman within hundreds of feet around him?

Re:One question (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44885319)

Please mod this factual comment upwards, please.

-cm

Re:One question (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44885293)

The Energy Department on September 11 dedicated the nation’s first major research facility focused on clean energy grid integration and wide-scale deployment. Located on the campus of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the new Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) will help manufacturers, utilities, and public and private sector researchers overcome the challenges of integrating clean energy and energy efficiency technologies into today's energy infrastructure. The Energy Department also unveiled Peregrine—the newest Energy Department supercomputer. NREL collaborated with HP and Intel to develop an innovative warm-water, liquid-cooled supercomputer. Peregrine resides in the new ESIF data center, designed to be the world’s most energy-efficient high performance computing data center.

Good long term support = $$$ (5, Informative)

Kludge (13653) | 1 year,13 days | (#44885315)

I have installed Cyanogenmod on a couple of devices that the phone maker stopped supporting long ago. I get all the new yummy android stuff without buying a new phone.
I can see this as a large selling point for companies who want to keep their devices up to date with security patches.

CM upgrades rock (4, Informative)

Kludge (13653) | 1 year,13 days | (#44885349)

Let me also point out that Cyanogenmod has now built in the ability to upgrade/update by a few simple clicks on your phone's interface. It really rocks.

Re: CM upgrades rock (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44885797)

Yeah but they also don't put any useful information in the change logs, and when upgrading Android builds or even major cm updates, they can soft brick your phone while corrupting your backup and also killing your clock work mod :/ I've been there 5 time now.

Re:Good long term support = $$$ (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44885403)

Spot on... I want an option to control OS releases on devices across the org, and its getting to the point where companies can/should pay for this as a service.

Re:Good long term support = $$$ (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | 1 year,13 days | (#44885445)

That would be great, but it would likely limit you to Nexus devices. While Cyanogenmod gets away with it for now, for a pay for product they could not continue to redistribute binaries for closed hardware that vendors do not license that way.

Re:Good long term support = $$$ (1)

asmkm22 (1902712) | 1 year,13 days | (#44885491)

Maybe. My experience is that cell phones tend to break down after a few years of use, either from batteries that can't be replaced or buttons and touchscreens that become less responsive. Not to mention system specs that get outdated.

More importantly, any long term support contract would have to be quite a bit cheaper than the cost of simply getting a new phone in the first place, to make much sense for most people. With many new phones easily available for one or two hundred dollars (with contract of course), that doesn't leave much room for Cyanogen on that front.

Re:Good long term support = $$$ (1)

interkin3tic (1469267) | 1 year,13 days | (#44885535)

But if it were simply not wanting to pay for updates, why wouldn't they just run their devices with stock android from google?

Then again, I can't understand how the phone makers make money off of their versions of android. I doubt anyone has ever made their decision to buy a samsung because "It has touchwiz!!!" Most consumers don't seem to take updates they're offered in the first place, so I can't really see it as a good incentive to buy a new phone. Offering their own versions seems to just make the fragmentation issue worse, which seems like it's eventually going to hurt sales of their phones.

Uh, what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44886057)

Two words: Planned obsolescence [wikipedia.org]

Don't you think companies that make money by selling devices would prefer customers buy new shiny ones?

Re:One question (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44885355)

A follow-up question might arise:
If their "making-of-money" conflicts with the major players (Google, Samsung, Qualcomm etc), will the major players go from ignoring the "niche root-friendly android distro" to trying to squash it at all costs?

Re:One question (5, Interesting)

ebrandsberg (75344) | 1 year,13 days | (#44885429)

I suspect that smaller companies like Blu Products (http://bluproducts.com/) could end up offloading software development and support for their phones under contract. Likewise they could offer services to enterprise customers to unify the android systems that they support on the "bring your own device" plans, so as to simplify support as well. I downloaded the newest CM daily today for the HTC One, and it prompted to link to the Cyanogenmod account, and once linked, it provided services such as remote wiping, finding my phone, etc. As such, if you have one unified version of android across multiple devices, it opens the door for providing unified services to simplify enterprise management. My worry is that companies like Samsung will not like this model since it levels the playing field between them and other hardware makers (the software is the same now) and they will refuse to release hardware level drivers to enable various features. That said, it opens the door to hardware/firmware only phone releases from small companies and open the market for rapid advancement.

Re:One question (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | 1 year,13 days | (#44885467)

The first one sounds reasonable the second does not.
Most phones need binary drivers that cyanogenmod would not be licensed to distribute. For now they get away with it, but that won't last once they are making money.

Re:One question (1)

ebrandsberg (75344) | 1 year,13 days | (#44886007)

Usually the phone makers are releasing the binary blobs that allow CM and other custom Android versions to run. As long as they continue to do so in a way that allows the binary blobs to be redistributed, there won't be an issue. If they attempt to restrict this use however, it will result in a phone basically being blacklisted by anybody that does anything outside of the ordinary, and personally, I would not buy the phone, or advise others to as well.

Re:One question (2)

kaiser423 (828989) | 1 year,13 days | (#44885543)

This is really interesting in that lots of large name manufacturers have their own semi-customer versions of Android. Lots of them are just custom skins, but quite a few also alter the Android base some.

Now this is a different tact in it seems that Boost Mobile will have it's own version of Android. So, a carrier-specific version, which is very interesting. I think that this is a first in the Android world, and something that seemed somewhat inevitable. Definitely a way to potentially differentiate yourself, or at the very least have a lot more control. Also gives you the flexibility to keep your phones more up to date, not rely on manufacturers as much, etc. Definitely an interesting proposition. Eventually eveyr carrier may have a slightly tweak Android version (kind of like Linux distros. You have RedHat, Suse, etc).

Re:One question (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44885557)

I have only one question: How will they make money? That pretty much determines if this is a good or a bad thing.

I would not be shocked to see Google buy them just to have them create the pure OS experience across devices. There would be synergies there. Google focuses on the OS but it is very limited in its device support. An ecosystem could be born where each phone can seamlessly go to the latest google stock. CM does it now, essentially, but its rogue and unofficial. Just a thought...

I can think of one way (2)

brunes69 (86786) | 1 year,13 days | (#44885611)

There is a very easy way they can make money. Via their auto update stream.

CM now supports auto update. It is a killer feature, but one they could easily charge for. IE you want to update to the latest CM over the air? Pay $10. Else, download it yourself and flash it yourself.

Another way, they could change you to download their pre-built binary images. Maybe only the images for the Nexus are free, and ones for other phones are $5 a download.

Re:One question (1)

synapse7 (1075571) | 1 year,13 days | (#44885659)

I wonder if they will begin charging for the ROM or licensing?

Re:One question (1)

tool462 (677306) | 1 year,13 days | (#44885941)

I would expect they follow the model many other open source companies have done (deviations from this would probably raise at least one of my eyebrows): services and support.

I've run CM on most of my Android devices at some point. I stay with the vanilla carrier OS for a bit, but it inevitably starts to annoy me, and generally ceases to get updated after a year or two.
The dev community has done a terrific job of making it easy to root and install CM on a wide variety of phones, but everything still comes with massive "if you brick your phone, don't come cry to us" disclaimers all over it. This limits the user base to people that are comfortable hacking around on a command line and are okay with a small chance of owning a $200+ paper weight. Offering support contracts such that the average person doesn't have to dig around for hours on xdadev and cm forums trying to find information when they run into problems would expand their potential user base and be a welcome tool even for us hacker types. I know I've spent way too long trying to get S-off on my HTC One X. None of the wikis or forum posts have offered anything that helps resolve my specific issue. I'd gladly spend a bit of money to have a dedicated support person help debug it with me. Somebody who understands how the exploit works in detail and knows what and where to check to figure out why my phone in particular isn't working. I'm confident I'll eventually figure it out, but it's taking a lot more time than I'd rather spend on it.

They also currently provide premium services like an app that enables OTA updates to any CM rom, automated backup utilities for recovery, themes, launcher apps, etc. There's a lot of potential here for offering paid services that take advantage of your additional capabilities having an open phone.

Turning from hack into viable business (4, Interesting)

i_want_you_to_throw_ (559379) | 1 year,13 days | (#44885071)

At some point, hacker ideals can become very profitable. Cydia [saurik.com] started as an alternative to the App Store and some estimates place revenues now as high as $10 million a year [washingtonpost.com] . More power to these guys!

Re:Turning from hack into viable business (1)

sootman (158191) | 1 year,13 days | (#44885715)

> Cydia started as an alternative to the App Store

Actually, didn't it pre-date the app store?

Yeah, right. (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44885117)

Goes commercial = jumps the shark.

Re:Yeah, right. (1)

hedwards (940851) | 1 year,13 days | (#44885231)

Pretty much. I put it on my phone because it's free and awesome, I'm curious how they're going to make any money on this. My new phone is going to set me back $250 and they're then wanting to have some of my money for the OS? Or they'll want to do something with ads, which isn't going to be acceptable either. Or perhaps an alternate app shop that I won't use because it's going to be competing with Play.

Re:Yeah, right. (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | 1 year,13 days | (#44885281)

Really? You would not pay $5? You won't try another app store?

A new phone costs more than $250.

Re:Yeah, right. (1)

hedwards (940851) | 1 year,13 days | (#44885379)

Depends which phone you're talking about and yes, you can get a decent phone for that kind of money without a contract. Paying for an OS that fixes what the carrier and Google should have gotten right in the first place isn't something that I view as reasonable.

Re:Yeah, right. (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | 1 year,13 days | (#44885423)

Name one decent off contract phone for less than that.

If the OS needs replaced why are you buying that device?

Either you value CM or not. What you run it on has no bearing on this.

Re:Yeah, right. (1)

timmyf2371 (586051) | 1 year,13 days | (#44885641)

The main reason I see people choosing a different ROM such as CM is to change the functionality of their device; in most cases, to expand the functionality.

Why is it unreasonable to contribute financially towards the work of a modder for a ROM which contains features which weren't advertised as part of the standard build of the device you own?

Re:Yeah, right. (1)

the order of His Maj (14956) | 1 year,13 days | (#44885739)

Paying for an OS that fixes what the carrier and Google should have gotten right in the first place isn't something that I view as reasonable.

Wow. I suppose the rest of us are supposed to be glad you are a productive member of our commune? What is your role in the collective?

Paying other people to do work that we cannot or will not do ourselves is a tenant of a functional society. I don't know, or don't care to be a part of the society you picture yourself a member of.

Re:Yeah, right. (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | 1 year,13 days | (#44885963)

You do realize paying each other is how our collective society works right? This joker would not survive in a commune, he would not contribute money or work.

Re:Yeah, right. (1)

the order of His Maj (14956) | 1 year,13 days | (#44886081)

That was kind of why I was asking him what his role would be in the hypothetical collective...
He's probably the type that goes to potlucks without bringing food too heh

Re:Yeah, right. (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44885983)

I was going to say you aren't CM's target market, but on second thought: You are NO ONES ideal target market.

OS (1)

beefoot (2250164) | 1 year,13 days | (#44885157)

That is the first step toward commoditized (spelling) smart phones? I can't wait for the day when I install any OS of my choice to any smart phone. Apple fans will likely be excluded from the party but who cares :-) Its market share is shrinking and shrinking fast!

Re:OS (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | 1 year,13 days | (#44885313)

Not going to happen.
ARM lacks anything like PCI for addressing hardware. This means you have to know what hardware you have before you boot.

TRUST NO ONE !! (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44885209)

And that goes for cyanogen doubly !! Captain of my heart no more, no more !!

Good (2)

SoupGuru (723634) | 1 year,13 days | (#44885265)

I hope they reap the benefits of all the hard work they've been putting into pushing phone technology forward.

Re:Good (5, Interesting)

crashumbc (1221174) | 1 year,13 days | (#44885527)

Yup.

1. create something cool users want
2. form corporation
2a. sellout said customers

3. PROFIT !!@#!@#!@!!!

While I HOPE this doesn't happen to CM the above has proven accurate to many time to be dismissed

A Fedora at Sunrise (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44885309)

I smell another rising Sun. Hopefully the black hole of Oracle isn't the life cycle's end for this one, too.

Boosting Boost Mobile (2)

st1cky (2863975) | 1 year,13 days | (#44885323)

Seems like a legit move by Boost to try and reach a niche market. I wonder what Google's stance on this might be

Isn't Samsung supporting CM? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44885417)

I would swear I read somewhere that the CM team gets financial support from Samsung. Are they just trying to buy their independence from a big corporate sponsor?

Re:Isn't Samsung supporting CM? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44885785)

Samsung hired Cyanogen a while back.

How will this affect alternatives? (3, Interesting)

sl4shd0rk (755837) | 1 year,13 days | (#44885421)

AOKP[1] is based on the CM tree. I wonder if they will still have access to the code. I'm really not in the mood for more corporate interest BS on my device.

[1] http://www.androidbeat.com/2013/05/cyanogenmod-vs-aokp/ [androidbeat.com]

Re:How will this affect alternatives? (2)

h4rr4r (612664) | 1 year,13 days | (#44885485)

If not they would switch to AOSP. This is the danger with the apache license. They can take their ball and go home.

unfortunate timing (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44885579)

Does this not make CM more vulnerable to government assistance with security?

This could be a good thing. (1)

lasermike026 (528051) | 1 year,13 days | (#44885675)

Hey, people getting paid to do good work, how's it that a bad thing? The GPL and getting paid for good work can co-exist. It probably needs to.

Re:This could be a good thing. (2)

Desler (1608317) | 1 year,13 days | (#44885779)

The only part of AOSP that is GPL is the kernel. The rest is APLv2.

Re:This could be a good thing. (1)

lasermike026 (528051) | 1 year,13 days | (#44886021)

OK, point taken. If they hurt the users someone else can fork the project.

Support Atrix and I'm in (1)

Flammon (4726) | 1 year,13 days | (#44885735)

No doubt I would by buy it if they could get the latest version of Android running on my Atrix. Saves me from buying another phone.

Goals (1)

nurb432 (527695) | 1 year,13 days | (#44885747)

I don't see 'not start charging' in their list.

Should we expect to have to pay for this soon? If so, they better be producing something that is rock solid and offer actual support.

ill bet you a bitcoin that yahoo buys them (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,13 days | (#44885777)

fork the repo's
its probably too late any way
i wonder if this had anything to do with jbq jumping over to yahoo
yahoo is on a buying streak lately

Episode 3- Diversity Hire (-1, Troll)

triffid_98 (899609) | 1 year,13 days | (#44885889)

Mal: For ISIS to continue enjoying Title 6 tax incentives, we have to meet certain.. diversity requirements.
Cyr: Oh, I think we are pretty diverse.
Lana: Hah, please.
Arch: What, you're black.. ish
Lana: ish?
Arch: Well, what's the word for it, Lana? You freaked out when I said 'Quadroon'.
Lana: Imagine that!
Arch: You imagine it!
Mal: Both of you imagine shutting up. Because after loosing Agent Pac last year..
Flash to Agent Pac with a bunch of military types
(Pac on the phone with Archer)
Arch: Hey, tell this broad what's up with ISIS, Pacman, wacca wacca wacca.
Back to the office
Mal: .. and then Agent Mugumbe..
Quick cut to Agent Mugumbe with a bunch of military types
(Mugumbe on the phone with Archer)
Arch: Hey, are you going to this lame ISIS picnic?
Back to the office
Arch: Loose cannons!
Mal: .. the ISIS palette has become decidedly monochromatic.
Arch: Iâ(TM)m one-sixtyfourth Cherokee.
(general commotion) Arch: What?
Cyr: 'A', you're probably not.
Lana: And 'B' through 'Z', nobody cares.
Arch: Racist.
Lana: What?
Arch: Youâ(TM)re anti-native American.
(Mallory whistles)
Mal: Item eight, we need a diversity hire..
Arch: I vote asian chick.

hold the phone (5, Interesting)

Charliemopps (1157495) | 1 year,13 days | (#44885903)

Since the majority of supported phones didn't have their support implemented by the cyanogen mod team (They only built support for the most popular phones) how on earth can they claim the project is theirs to go public with? There were literally thousands of people that rebuilt packages and redesigned interfaces so they could get it onto other phones. I even created a release for my phone a few years ago because Cyanogen didn't support it. This seems shady to me. They were already making significant money from their apps, as was made clear when one of their team went rouge last year, why now? I guess we'll have to wait and see, but I don't think this is a good turn of events at all.

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