Cyanogen services shutting down

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As a result of the consolidation of Cyanogen, its products, services and nightly builds will all be shut down come New Year’s Eve. Source codes and the open source project will remain open for those who still show interest.

It’s been a long time coming. Following its CEO’s termination, modular OS announcement, various closures and layoffs, the demise of this ambitious OS modding company is nigh.

The last stand was when the father of Cyanogen, Steve Kondik, blamed former CEO Kirk McMaster for the downfall of the company and promptly exited. This left CyanogenMod with nobody on the inside to help it stay afloat.

Having lost its support, the company also lost the voice to dictate the future of Cyanogen and its direction. The Cyanogenmod brand could be sold off to a third party to run as they please. Even if the remaining team was to regroup and rebuild its own infrastructure, the looming threat of a takeover would still be imminent.

On the blog, the CyanogenMod team says, “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.”