Cyanogen CEO Kirt McMaster has denied the company’s plan to pivot to apps, and reinstated support for an open Android platform. In a tweet, he called reports claiming this as false.
The tweet comes after a recent report by Android Police, which claimed Cyanogen plans to layoff more than 30 per cent of its staffs, and in a strategic shift will pivot to apps. The report was then confirmed by Recode which added the company plans for a strategic shift and the whole process was being led by its new COO, Lior Tal. Now Kirt McMaster has denied these stories.
Cyanogen is the developer of popular alternate Android OS named CyanogenMod. CyanogenMod is based on Android Open Source Platform and drops Google apps in favour of other applications. Recently the company received funding from Microsoft, and decided to bundle Microsoft’s productivity tools into its OS by default.
Cyanogen CEO Kirt McMaster has confirmed company’s plans to let go some of the employees. While he hasn’t confirmed the number, Android Police claims almost 30 per cent workforce is being taken off and most of them worked in company’s alternate OS platform.
Cyanogen became popular when it launched as the default operating system on OnePlus One. The company then made an exclusive tie-up with Micromax’s sister brand Yu in India, which led to OnePlus is developing its own ROM named Oxygen OS. Cyanogen which was once seen as a great ROM for even low-end devices lost its reputation and recently pivoted to creating MODs for Android OS.
really sad we had to let go of some wonderful folks this week. startups and disruption are brutal.
— Kirt McMaster (@cyanogenone) July 23, 2016
Cyanogen NOT pivoting to apps. We are an OS company and our mission of creating an OPEN ANDROID stands. FALSE reporting was outstanding.
— Kirt McMaster (@cyanogenone) July 25, 2016
It is highly unclear what Cyanogen plans to do going forward. It does seem to continue building its own ROM but will it get any adoption in the growing smartphone market, that needs to be seen. As VentureBeat notes, Cyanogen CEO Kirt McMaster used iPhone to send his tweet – which has not gone well with Cyanogen fans.