Microsoft’s interest in developer of popular Android custom firmware CyanogenMod
Several leading it companies are seriously interested in acquiring a startup Cyanogen, which develops alternatives to Android. Potential buyers – Microsoft, Amazon, Samsung and Yahoo are all competitors of Google.
According to a post on The Information recently from the owners of the Cyanogen had a meeting with the CEO of Microsoft by Satya Nadella, but the details of the topics of conversation were not disclosed.
Cyanogen develops CyanogenMod platform, which is built on open source and Android is designed for smartphones and tablets. The community of developers of this system already has a few thousand people. CyanogenMod offers support for audio codec FLAC and communication between devices via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and USB; has OpenVPN client settings for overclocking etc. the Platform can work for 250 devices from leading brands, including the most popular smartphones and tablets from Samsung.
The developers Also believe that one day, their platform will become a full alternative to Android. In 2013, the startup has attracted investment of $30 million currently, the company is looking for new sponsors to Fund further development of the project.
All interested investors, with the exception of Yahoo, has its own mobile platform. Amazon has FireOS, Microsoft Windows Phone, and Samsung is developing Tizen, but none of the companies can boast a significant market share of the mobile OS to compete with Android.
Platform from Google is the leader by a wide margin in the mobile market. According to IDC, in the second quarter of 2014 the share of the leading mobile operating system made up 84.7% of the shipments of smartphones and tablets worldwide. The only serious competitor is Apple’s iOS.