Cyanogen refuses Google’s cash in an effort to maintain Android ‘open’
For lots of begin ups, profitable Google’s curiosity is the objective. Not Cyanogen. In accordance with The Info, the Cyanogen CEO Kirt McMaster advised shareholders that it lately shrugged off Google SVP of Android Sundar Pichai’s curiosity in buying the corporate — selecting as an alternative to give attention to acquiring a $1 billion valuation to assist in its third spherical of funding. The corporate’s grounds for that quantity, and maybe Google’s curiosity for the corporate, lie with its lengthy-time period aim: to grow to be the third hottest cellular ecosystem. Contemplating the truth that Cyanogen’s third-tier cellular OS is actually a extra “open” model of Android, it is no shock the corporate has Mountain View’s consideration.
Even so, dismissing Google’s curiosity is a reasonably daring transfer — particularly contemplating that the corporate is now on the lookout for extra funding on prime of the $30 million it collected final yr. There’s confidence there, nevertheless: Cyanogen buyers are being informed that the corporate has struck a cope with Micromax to construct Cyanogen-based mostly telephones, echoing its partnership with OnePlus to bake its taste of Android into the One. It is nonetheless too early to say if Cyanogen’s efforts will repay in the long run, however the firm is certainly on Google’s radar, and that is one thing.