CyanogenMod OS is Dead, New Lineage OS Unveiled!

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Cyanogen, the startup that made a one of the most popular custom fork of Android and had legions of fans, has announced that it’s winding up all the operations and will stop releasing nightly builds of the software by the end of the year.

In a brief blog post released on Friday, the startup  announced that, “As part of the ongoing consolidation of Cyanogen, all services and Cyanogen-supported nightly builds will be discontinued no later than 12/31/16. The open source project and source code will remain available for anyone who wants to build CyanogenMod personally.”

CyanogenMod, by far, was one of the most used Android fork by Smartphone users, especially the geeks. The community had made flashing OS on different Android devices easy and getting best out of phone. It was the most stable and best working ROM in market.

In India, Cyanogen had forged an exclusive partnership with Yu Televentures, a sister concern company of Micromax. However, Cyanogen came into limelight much before that when OnePlus One shipped using their fork. OnePlus One was one of the best selling Android phones in 2014.

After, Cyanogen forged exclusive partnership with  Yu Televentures, OnePlus decided to launch their own Android fork called Oxygen OS and OnePlus 2 shipped with it!

While Cyanogen has stopped the nightly builds, the source code will remain available and hence community may still work on Cyanogen builds even after this point.

Owners of device running CyanogenMod, including the Oneplus One and Lenovo Zuk Z1, won’t get further updates and will have to move over to the open-source CyanogenMod ROM, which isn’t a commercial OS and is run by a community of developers. The owners of device are recommended to start learning how to switch into the CyanogenMod ROM, which is not released commercially and is managed by a developer community led by Kondik.

Team Working on Lineage OS

Cyanogen is not really shutting down completely but downsizing and focusing on their new project, which will be called Lineage OS, and they are merely cutting off services that they believe they can no longer maintain.

It is been said that the current project nickname is “Laos” or LAOS, standing for Lineage Android Operating System.The title on the page is Lineage Android Distribution’. The repo seems very active, and it does have lot of code from CyanogenMod base. We don’t know much else about the project or its status, and it’s safe to say that a lot of what’s happening is very fluid right now, regardless, so anything and everything could change.

cyanogenmod website

Currently the old Cyanogenmod website is down (see screenshot above) and now new Lineage OS website is live. In a blog post on the new site, the company says, “LineageOS will be a continuation of what CyanogenMod was. To quote Andy Rubin, this is the definition of open. A company pulling their support out of an open source project does not mean it has to die.”

More details are awaited by tomorrow end!

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