Foxconn is the latest to invest in Cyanogen

The team at Cyanogen has ended another round of investments, this time with Foxconn pitching in as well. To date the company has raised $100 million in funding, while pushing forward to break Android away from Google. Foxconn is a leader in contract manufacturing for smartphones for many popular brands, and they hope that the investment will help Cyanogen's commercial adoption and growth in new areas.

In March, Cyanogen announced they had received funding from a variety of other companies, like Twitter, Qualcomm, Telefónica, and others.

Press release:

Cyanogen Receives Strategic Investment from Foxconn

Leading Consumer Electronics Manufacturer Invests in Cyanogen's Open OS Vision

PALO ALTO, CA--(Marketwired - May 12, 2015) - Cyanogen Inc. announced the strategic investment from Foxconn and closed out its series C round of funding. With offices in Palo Alto and Seattle, Cyanogen is leveraging the investment to accelerate talent hiring and the development of its open OS platform. The platform will create a more open, level playing field for 3rd party developers, enabling seamlessly integrated experiences within the operating system.

Foxconn is the leader of contract manufacturing and FIH Mobile is the leading end-to-end provider for world's best known handset brands. Along with Cyanogen's other investors, the strategic investment from Foxconn will help advance Cyanogen's commercial adoption and growth in major markets around the world.

"We're evolving Android and creating an open computing platform that will change the way consumers interact with their mobile devices," said Kirt McMaster, CEO of Cyanogen Inc. "Foxconn and our diverse group of strategic investors and partners reflect the mobile value chain, from device manufacturers and mobile network operators to chipset makers and 3rd party developers. They see the great potential of what we're doing in creating the next major paradigm shift in mobile computing."

To date, Cyanogen has raised a total $110 million in funding. As the third leading mobile operating system, Cyanogen is known for its commercial operating system, Cyanogen OS, and open source community distribution CyanogenMod that the company backs.

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40 Comments
  • All around CM phone coming soon? Posted via the Android Central App
  • I've learned over the years to never say "Well that will never happen" when it comes to technology. But I have a hard time seeing Android break away from Google and be successful.
  • I'll say it. Never.
  • +1 Posted via the Android Central App
  • Considering they own most of it, never gonna happen. Cm will never be anything but a cheap knockoff Posted via the Android Central App
  • All they need to do is develop a API compatible replacement for Google Services. AOSP portion of Google Android is not proprietary. Although saying "_all_ they have to do" belies the incredible amount of work that would require. Main things to replace would be Maps integration and push notifications. Posted via Android Central App
  • Google bought android to the spotlight without Google backing android wouldn't be where it is. Dam Cyanogen forgetting that Posted via the Android Central App
  • Actually...the more I think about this the more I dislike CM. I get it, they want to make a business out of it - but why bite the hand that feeds you? What good will come of bashing Google? Why not partner with them?
  • I agree, looks like Cyanogen are looking towards deals with phone manufacturers and mobile operators, can't see many benefits for consumers. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I agree. I used to be a follower of CM but not anymore. I want them to crash and burn for stupid crap just like this.
  • Exactly! If AOSP where to go away tomorrow, where would that leave CyanogenInc?
  • All it would take is for Google to close Android, and they could license it to whom ever they wanted that follow their guidelines for a dollar.
  • Breaking Android away from Google will just end in more fragmentation and bad user experience. Fuck Cyanogen.
  • "Damn people who want a choice?!" amiright? Posted via a SGS6
  • You certainly have a point there. The problem the ecosystem needs to be very well implemented, otherwise it will just frustrate users who will assume that's the case with all Android devices (and spread the word). I just don't really believe in Cyanogen to get it right.
    Don't get me wrong, having more choices is great, but I've got a bad feeling about this. See what Amazon did to Android, it's just bad.
  • However, Amazon calls their implementation "FireOS", they do not try to make people into thinking it's like all the other Android devices. The people I have met that think that, are the ones that listen to their "knowledgeable" friends/family that tells them otherwise.
  • Good point, I hope Cyanogen will do something similar.
  • Android AOSP running Bing Search built by Foxconn that will look like an iPhone Posted via the Android Central App
  • If someone wants that, why shouldn't they have it?
  • Of course they should. This would be the perfect Frankenstein phone. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Foxconn has pledged 1000 13 year old or younger coders to work 20 hours a day fixing bugs and change requests in the CM code base.
  • Foxconn is like the Old Coal Towns from the early 1900's. Their slaves/ workers live in Foxconn';s city where foxconn owns everything like the fire dept, grocery store, etc. It's freaking sad. The Chinese Gov assign's peasants from the country and farms who want to get out to these companies to work, it's either be a slave for a corporation or go back to no-where and nothing
  • Dey took err jebbs!!!
  • I'm going to be so pissed if Google gets mad from cm and makes android no longer open source. Like android wear and auto Posted via the Android Central App
  • They absolutely should at this point. I am not sure if they can with the licence, but this aosp stuff needs to stop unless it is from them. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'm not necessarily against that if it means to protect the integrity of the AOSP. But closed source would suck Posted via the Android Central App
  • Android has come to the point where custom roms are a waste of time and effort. I would rather see closed source with a metric ton of ways to hook into it. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Really good custom roms are far from a waste of time and effort. Paranoid Android, LIquidsmooth and CM provide many options that stock Android or the other OEM skins don't offer. And isn't that the beauty of Android, choices?
  • Unless it is for a nexus, those roms all have serious issues depending on the phone. I used PA and liquid fora longtime. Cm is always broken, unless it is made for a device. It comes down to something simple. Oems have a ROM that is tailored to the device, carrier, region. You cannot beat it anymore Posted via the Android Central App
  • NoNexus, you hate ROM's, you hate open source, and you hate Nexus devices. You sure you aren't an Apple Fanboy or Google turncoat? Let me guess, next you only want 1-3 phone choices for all users (Samsungs, of course). Hopefully for you and the rest of us who end up reading your trolling posts, Tizen OS will produce something to get you out of our ecosystem and bitching about a different OS's flaws.
  • I who said I hate any of those things? I used roms for a long time, I use and sometimes program with open source and the Nexus 6 I have is a vast improvement. You were saying? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Once a fanboy of Apple or Google get thrown in you loose a legitimacy. Closed Source doesn't mean bad, look at Windows for one example or even iOS where all the updates are released the same day Posted via the Sailfish iMore app
  • I think I'd actually like that. Close it up and do it for the integrity of the code just to lock out CM and others.
  • Androidwear is still open source
    http://www.androidcentral.com/android-wear-source-code-uploaded-aosp
  • "to break Android away from Google" is the dumbest statement to make about this. Cyanogen would be nothing without Google. If they want to "break away" they should quit using the work of Google as a base and just build their own OS from scratch. All they are doing is providing some of the same backend features that Google provides, adding new skins and preference options. And every time Google releases a new version of Android, it takes Cyanogen weeks or even months to have a stable version of their bastardized Android "creation". Im fine with providing users with more options and features for the power-user, but quit talking like you are making something better when your just building your work off the backs of others. I know someone is going to take that last sentence and apply it to Google since they just bought Android, but it has been 6 years now since the first Android phone was available and you cant honestly say that through all the updates since then that Google hasnt made Android their own product.
  • I like CM, I don't like the idea of them seperating it from the use of the Google Apps and eco-system. If it comes to that, then I'm off CM on my OPO and move to oxygenOS or some other rom.
  • Yeah, I switched to Oxygen OS after McMaster's bullet through the head comment, and I couldn't be happier. I've played with CM for years, and it's never been as smooth as vanilla Android, and the same holds true for it and Oxygen.
  • If you look at their point from a coders point of view it makes sense. Android is just a version of linux, and is supposed to be open source. But with Google making certain parts closed, and never updating certain open parts of the os, it has to be frustrating from a developers pov. Nobody is above the open source rules either. President Obama got in some hot water for his campaign using open sourced software to build his re-election software, and didn't or wasn't going to give back code they modified. The programmers were pretty miffed about it. I never heard what came of it, but the point is the same, open sourced means open sourced. Posted
  • If Google ever yanks the closed parts, roms would die quick Posted via the Android Central App
  • What happened to championing "free and open Android"? Now everyone is against it? Let CM make a version that doesn't require OEMs to sign up for the Draconian 'Open Handset Alliance". The market will decide if they prefer an open Android or a more iOS-like locked down walled garden that Google Android is fast becoming. Posted via Android Central App