Cyanogen Inc. may close Seattle headquarters, more layoffs expected

Cyanogen Inc. revealed last month that it would undertaking an executive reshuffle and change its strategy with Cyanogen OS. Instead of selling it as a standalone platform, Cyanogen rolled out what it called the "Cyanogen Modular OS program," giving handset manufacturers the ability to selectively choose individual portions of the OS.

It now looks like the company is now preparing for another round of layoffs — its second this year — and a possible closure of its Seattle headquarters. That's according to Android Police, citing unnamed sources familiar with the matter.

There's no mention of how many positions are affected, but it looks like a few employees are being offered the option to relocate to Cyanogen's Palo Alto office. The report also claims that Cyanogen cofounder Steve Kondik's future at the company is unknown. Last month's reshuffle saw Kondik lose his seat at the board and transition from CTO to "Chief Science Officer." We should be hearing more from the company in the coming days.

The move won't hamper the development of the community-driven CyanogenMod, which is independent of Cyanogen Inc.

Harish Jonnalagadda
Senior Editor - Asia

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.

  • Kirk McMaster and his comments and general attitude didn't help I'm sure. And the way they ended their OnePlus relationship
  • I haven't liked Cyanogen as a company due to McMaster's attitude when making statements and their general behavior especially when they cut off OnePlus so soon. "Putting a bullet in Google's head" is just too far-fetched of a statement. And it seems that said bullet has actually landed on their foot.
  • yes, Karma is a b...
  • No, I'm pretty sure that he held the gun backwards and shot Cyanogen instead, and it's been on life support ever since. Still, if you get a reputation as a backstabber (and doing that to your very first customer once you get a second one is very telling), nobody else will do business with you.
  • Lol put a bullet in Google's head huh. Funny since he built his skin based off android. Like saying Let's take down GM using an LS motor, lol makes me chuckle
  • Sad to see jobs being lost... But this is cyanogen reaping what they sowed... And hopefully anyone that is laid off from their Seattle office won't have too much trouble finding work anyway given that it's Seattle.
  • So much for taking Android from Google
  • And think of the millions they suckered companies out of!
  • Terrible, this happens very often across the globe! I hate the way this world operates on $. People have lost their means of survival....hmmm hmm hmm
  • This is a shame. As annoying as the CEO's rhetoric was, I mostly liked the work that Cyanogen Inc did, and it always sucks to see so many people lose their jobs.
  • Weird. You mean you can't survive making a bloated and buggy skin on top of a company you're openly bad mouthing. Color me surprised!
  • I loved it on my Oneplus One but it eventually got laggy and I switched to Cyanogenmod. You think they could partner with Amazon with their prime phones.
  • Well, so much for "putting a bullet in Google's head". Lol.