Cyanogen is closing down its operation permanently from January 1, 2017. It was on the cards and finally the news every fan of rooted Android devices dreaded has materialized. Popular developer of custom, nightly ROMs and builds for Android is closing its shop for good. CyanogenMod custom ROMs are extremely popular among users of rooted Android devices. However, the days of official CyanogenMod Nightly ROMs, builds and services are numbered, with the popular Android developer announcing that its closing down its operations on the 31st December 2016.
CyanogenMod Is Shutting Down Permanently, But Leaves Its Code Open For Android Developers Who Can Use It To Design And Release Personal ROMs and Builds For Android Devices
Android and CyanogenMod have grown to become synonymous with each other. Both are consider by many Android enthusiasts as an integral part of their day to day mobile activities. CyanogenMod is, soon to be was, a secondary market of Android custom ROMs that presented users with endless possibilities and features to tweak and customize their device’s Android firmware to make it behave according to personal liking. CyanogenMod is famous for releasing custom firmware for Android that adds features on top of the original Android firmware to enable users enjoy features that are not originally available on official Android firmware versions.
However, in a major organizational overhaul of late, the Android development firm has undergone shakeup at the top level, first with its CEO being shown the door followed by the departure of Cyanogen’s founder, Steve Kondik. This shuffling of the higher management snowballed into an eventual closure, as the Cyanogen recently announced that the firm is shutting down services effective from December 31st, 2016.
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.
This will surely come down as a shock to Android developers community and fans of CyanogenMod Android ROMs. However, everything is not doom and gloom. On a brighter note, Cyanogen has announced that the firm is leaving its open-source code open for public use. This open-source CyanogenMod code, known as Lineage, will allow Android developers to use it for creating personally designed custom firmware and ROMs for Android. Although, CM Nightly ROMs for Android will no longer be officially available along with supporting builds, but developers can still use CyanogenMod code to keep creating personalized ROMs and release them if they want.
Cyanogen released a detailed statement in this regard since the announcement was first made, which you can read below:
Last week, we released the final CM-13.0 releases, updated to the latest security patches, in anticipation of what follows.
Yesterday, Cyanogen Inc (Cyngn) announced that they were shutting down the infrastructure behind CyanogenMod (CM). This is an action that was not unpredictable given the public departure of Kondik (cyanogen himself) from the company, and with him our last remaining advocate inside Cyngn’s leadership.
In addition to infrastructure being retired, we in the CM community have lost our voice in the future direction of CM – the brand could be sold to a third party entity as it was an asset that Kondik risked to start his business and dream. Even if we were to regroup and rebuild our own infrastructure, continuing development of CM would mean to operate with the threat of sale of the brand looming over our heads. Then there is the stigma that has grown to be attached to anything named ‘Cyanogen’. Many of you reading this have been champions of clarifying that the CM product and CyngnOS were distinct, yet the stain of many PR actions from Cyngn is a hard one to remove from CM. Given CM’s reliance on Cyngn for monetary support and the shared source base, it’s not hard to understand why the confusion remains.
It will come as no surprise that this most recent action from Cyngn is definitely a death blow for CyanogenMod.
However, CM has always been more than the name and more than the infrastructure. CM has been a success based on the spirit, ingenuity and effort of its individual contributors – back when it was Kondik in his home, to the now thousands of contributors past and present.
Embracing that spirit, we the community of developers, designers, device maintainers and translators have taken the steps necessary to produce a fork of the CM source code and pending patches. This is more than just a ‘rebrand’. This fork will return to the grassroots community effort that used to define CM while maintaining the professional quality and reliability you have come to expect more recently.
CM has served the community well over its 8 long years. It has been our home, bringing together friends from all over the world to celebrate our joy of building and giving. Its apt then that on this Eve of a holiday we pay our respects. We will take pride in our Lineage as we move forward and continue to build on its legacy.
Meanwhile, Android developers can keep up the good work and legacy of CyanogenMod ROMs by downloading the open-source code from this link. But follow through only if you have a complete understanding of Android development and CyanogenMod ROMs.
CyanogenMod surely had a bumpy ride with the most recent Nightly ROMs for Android falling well short of the required standard due to constant bickering among top managers which reflected in the quality of Nightly ROMs for Android lately. Instead of releasing half-baked Android custom ROMs that could potentially damage users’ devices, it was better to shut down operations. In the end, Cyanogen might have taken a good decision. You can share your views on the matter in the comments section below.