Microsoft is reportedly investing in Cyanogen’s customized Android mod

Microsoft is reportedly investing in Cyanogen's custom Android mod

Now this is one thing we have by no means anticipated to write down: Microsoft is investing in Android — properly, type of. The software program big is reportedly planning to grow to be a minority investor in Cyanogen, greatest recognized for its custom-made model of Android, in response to the Wall Road Journal. Neither firm is speaking concerning the deal, naturally, and we nonetheless do not understand how massive Microsoft’s funding could also be. Bloomberg studies that the 2 corporations are in negotiations to create a model of Cyanogen’s picture that options Microsoft’s providers (just like what Nokia did with its X collection, which Microsoft killed off). The report comes just a few months after Cyanogen refused a Google buyout supply, supposedly as a result of it needs to maintain the dream of a very open model of Android alive. The extra probably purpose? Cyanogen will in all probability find yourself being value quite a bit extra after further investments than what Google was prepared to pay.

Positive, Microsoft’s acquired Home windows Telephone already, however that platform is not precisely exploding. And despite the fact that it is an off-shoot of Android, there are already greater than 50 million individuals utilizing Cyanogen. That quantity might rise considerably because it will get even simpler to put in (the corporate’s already providing desktop and cellular apps to simplify the method). Cyanogen additionally has loads of potential for telephone makers — it was one of many extra compelling options of the OnePlus One (although their relationship is not going so properly today).

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