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Cyanogen Inc. reportedly laying off 20% of staff in major restructuring

New reports claim that Cyanogen Inc. may have laid off as much as 20% of its staff. One of those reports claims the company could be switching its strategy away from OS development to focus on apps.

Android Police stated:

The layoffs most heavily impact the open source arm of the Android ROM-gone-startup, which may be eliminated entirely (not CyanogenMod itself, just the people at Cyanogen Inc. who work on the open source side).

Recode adds that the moves were made by Lior Tal, who joined Cyanogen as its new COO in June. It also says that many of the company's top executives have departed in the past several weeks. So far, Cyanogen has yet to confirm any of these reports.

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  • I liked how the headline picture is an OnePlus One. CM OS was awesome on this phone (I had it until I got the OnePlus Two), miles better than what we got in Oxygen OS. It's only sad how CM Inc ****** up OnePlus in India with that exclusive deal with Micromax! Posted via the Android Central App
  • CM was awesome on the OPO, but damn... Oxygen OS on the OP3 is incredibly good. Easily my favorite "skin" on Android. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Cyanogenmod is still alive and well. I would imagine that CM OS developers were not heavily involved in the OS itself - or will continue to be through the contributions to the underlying ROM. CM OS seems to have been at work replacing the Google-specific parts of Android services - presumably in an attempt to woo Microsoft for a big payday. To that extent, good riddance. And the fact that OnePlus was able to take the same Cyanogenmod ROM and roll their own is a good thing. I only wish other manufacturers would do the same - and produce a (hopefully) well-supported near-stock OS for their devices.
  • This must be the first step in taking android from Google.
  • Haha Posted via the Android Central App
  • yeah - being arrogant is never a good attitude especially in a corporate world
  • People over @ Slashdot commenting that they work at CM as part of the OS development team and still have jobs. "unconfirmed news" = f huuucking awesome journalism
  • What random posters on Slashdot says isn't better. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Lol, pot meet kettle. Also they never said everyone got laid off, reading is your friend!
  • f huuucking awesome dumb comment man You get your news from random comments on the Internet? There was major layoffs at Cyanogen Inc. and that is a fact which doesn't mean ever one is gone even on OS development team.
  • Cyanogen Inc. still has contracts to provide updates for a couple of phones I believe.
  • Well, I guess the whole "putting a bullet through Google's head" ain't working so well, huh?
  • It ricocheted up their rear ends Posted via the Android Central App
  • Good good. Hopefully bankruptcy follows and the entire company shuts down. #TeamFrosty Nexus 6P
  • I wouldn't wish that upon anyone. Well, maybe your job. Posted from Nexus 6
  • Why in the world you wish that... have family's struggle with a loss of a job...... posted via the Pokémon Central app
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  • So not having a job and unable to feed a family is cool to you? What an asshat. I've been part of a company lay off, telling my family of 5 this was not fun, since people like me have children to support. I lost my home, a car that supported travel to said job, 2 working spouses had to share a vehicle, while 1 pounds the pavement for a replacement job , and worse, we had to skip a few meals so our children could eat. Yeah anyone who thinks that's cool should DIAF.... twice. Pirate asshat's account should be deleted. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I feel for you, last year lost a job for which I had for years, thankfully, wife had a decent job with benefits, unemployment helped, and only had a very small secondary mortgage which was easily meet. It's a horrible feeling, but got a new decent job, a bit further of a job which actually pays more for less hours work. In saying that, it can through you into depression, wondering how you're going to manage.
  • You obviously have not experienced a layoff.....
  • It's not that hard for developers to find a job. Most of the already laid off probably have jobs and everyone else is lining jobs up. Kaiser
  • Its a shame I liked cyanogen it does pack some great features and Wiley fox looked promising last year with this software. It was just silly to try and take on Google with all the big talk they where never going to get traction with any of the major manufacturers
  • No surprises here.. They had a bad strategy to begin with.. Posted via Techmology
  • Starting with the CEO!
  • Yep. Bad business practices combined with lack of professionalism. He was destined to run that company into the ground. Hope the remaining devs have the right sense to jump ship while they can.
  • I miss the good old days of cyanogen that pushed to bring every device under their arm. Now it's a select few they give out a stable build the rest are nightly builds. They really need to come back down to earth and remember what made then so great in the first place... the community Posted via the Android Central App
  • Exactly! They lost their identity. Nobody cares about them anymore.. But ask me a few years back, it was CM or nothing! Posted via Techmology
  • I'm guessing about now, while Steve Kondike is watching the beginnings of his company crashing and burn, he wishes he had sold to Google when he had a chance and had never met that egotisitical moron Kirt McMaster. Oh well, bite the hand that feeds you and steal code from those who made you, this is what happens...
  • Never been able to see what all the fuss was about cyanogen,device has to be rooted to install it and if a device is rooted then what do you need cyanogen for ?
    It's not an os,it's just a skin job for android,almost any option than cyanogen gives you,you can do with Xposed,on top of stock android.
    Cyanogen is just a con..
  • Not a skin at all.. It's a tweaked os. It was awesome. Posted via Techmology
  • I loved the OS on the OPO I wish it hadn't ended so ugly. Posted via the Pokemon Central App
  • That was the precise moment I knew this company was done. Also the exact moment Kirt McMaster exposed himself as a someone who could not be trusted or knew how to maintain business relationships. Well...play stupid games, win stupid prizes.
  • So much for taking Android away from Google hahahaha. That big man talk got you nowhere. Posted via the Android Central App
  • The only logical conclusion to this mess, so many saw this outcome from the beginning that it's a wonder the people involved were so blind.
  • You can blame India and there terrible business rules as well as the ignorance of Oneplus for the fiasco with Cyanogen.
    Cyanogen was never hampered from still supporting their software with Oneplus, but the children running Oneplus used it as an excuse to dump them.
    Worst of MANY, MANY mistakes and bad business decisions made by Oneplus management.
  • Doesn't explain the sheer arrogance of Cyanogen's CEO, though. Putting a bullet through Google's head? Taking Android away from Google? Seriously? That's how you get your agenda across?
  • Surprised you didn't copy/paste your Axon sales pitch at the bottom again Posted via the Android Central App
  • You mean my signature?
  • So a company doesnt perform and you blame another country for that? How incredibly stupid are you really? Posted via the Android Central App
  • What has India got to do with this? Cyanogen sold out and made an exclusive deal with a company, in the process screwing their earlier partners.
  • My condolences to the families now without/reduced income. Companies are loyal to the positions, not the people. Yet we continue to allow situations like this to happen because of $. Guess what, the human psychology isn't gonna change supply demand decrease etc. Is gonna exists, but money doesn't have to. "Losing" a job shouldn't mean and be a threat to your livelihood and health etc. Posted via the Android Central App
  • It's not hard to get a job when you're a developer in 2016. Kaiser
  • People always seem to cherry pick and miss the most rudimentary points.......so irrelevant Posted via the Android Central App
  • Even though it's my backup now, CM13 made my Nexus 4 run like new again. I compare it with my wife's Nexus 4 still on 5.1.1, and it's amazing the difference. This is a bummer to read this. Posted via the Android Central App
  • The mod is seperate devs. This only effects Cyanogen INC. Custom Roms will be largely unaffected. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Probably should've stuck with OnePlus...? Posted with my Axon Pro.
  • It's tough to hear the CM team going through some hard times. Although, trying to compete with the big boys is a tough battle. All that bundling with Amazon and other app stores wasn't the best move for them, as almost all android devices in the US are attached to the Google Play Store. I wouldn't even consider a phone that didn't have the Google suite of apps. I hope CM can find their niche, outside of being a custom rom on the forums.