Skip to main content

Cyanogen will close, but CyanogenMod will soldier on under a new name

cyanogen shuts down cyanogenmod on oppo n1
The bell has tolled for Cyanogen. The company that supported CyanogenMod, the “free, community-built distribution of Android which greatly extends the capabilities of your device,” is officially no more

As for what this means for CyanogenMod, its website ( has now been shut down, and just a few days before Christmas, Cyanogen announced via a blog post, “As part of the ongoing consolidation of Cyanogen, all services and Cyanogen-supported nightly builds will be discontinued no later than December 31, 2016. The open source project and source code will remain available for anyone who wants to build CyanogenMod personally.”

Related Videos

This is a rather inglorious end for a startup with a rather glorious goal — to build a better version of Android than Google. But now, not only has Cyanogen failed in that endeavor, it seems to have failed, well, altogether.

Sadly, this latest news doesn’t come as much of a surprise. Signs of the startup’s impending doom have been surfacing quite regularly over the last few months, starting with the firm’s decision to lay off around 20 percent of its workforce, and continuing with the departure of its CEO and one of its co-founders.

As per the aforementioned blog post, when Cyanogen first announced it would be shuttering, it insisted that CyanogenMod would remain up. That remains to be seen, but there may be some hope. While CyanogenMod called the end of Cyanogen a “death blow” for its own services, it has unveiled a new website that promises more information about its heir, LineageOS, on Tuesday.

The new website notes, “Yes, this is us.” Promising that “LineageOS will be a continuation of what CyanogenMod was,” the website continues, “A company pulling their support out of an open source project does not mean it has to die.” So don’t give up hope just yet — Cyanogen and CyanogenMod may be no more, but their legacy just may continue.

Editors' Recommendations

SMS 2FA is insecure and bad — use these 5 great authenticator apps instead
Twilio Authy 2FA app running on an iPhone.

You probably have what seems like a million accounts across the internet these days, right? At least, that’s what it feels like for me — with all these social media, email, and banking accounts, plus digital storefronts, and more. Regardless of where I access these from, whether it’s my iPhone 14 Pro or my Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus, or even my Mac, the first step is to make sure that I have a strong and secure (preferably randomly generated) password. But for extra peace of mind, everyone needs to look into two-factor authentication (2FA) to really keep people out.

Recently, Twitter has made the news yet again because it’s forcing everyone who uses SMS 2FA to either remove it from their account or subscribe to Twitter Blue to keep it. SMS 2FA is when you get a code sent as an SMS to your phone, and while it's convenient, this is the least secure 2FA method available. SMS 2FA is susceptible to numerous vulnerabilities, including SIM swapping (where someone takes over a mobile phone number by convincing a carrier to link that number with the SIM card), SIM duplication attacks, and more.

Read more
I review phones for a living — here are the 10 apps I can’t live without
iPhone 14 Pro with custom home screen on Mickey Mouse phone holder next to flowers

For most of my life, I think I’ve had a pretty unique career path among my family and friends. Ever since I got the original iPhone, I’ve turned my love for writing into writing about technology, specifically mobile phones. Though I’ve pretty much been iPhone-only for most of my career, since I started at Digital Trends, I’ve been opening up to the world of Android.

Now that I’m checking out both iPhone and Android phones, the world of apps for me has expanded quite a bit. But regardless of what device I’m using, there are some apps that I need before anything else. Here are the first apps that I install when I get a new phone.
1Password (iOS and Android)

Read more
Using an Android phone showed me just how bad iOS notifications really are
iPhone 14 Pro with iOS 16 notifications compared to Google Pixel 7 with Android 13 notifications

I’ve been using an iPhone for over a decade. I received the original iPhone as a birthday present in 2008, and after just four months of use (without a case, of course), I dropped and cracked the screen. With the iPhone 3G about to launch, I decided to upgrade to that, and I’ve pretty much bought a new iPhone every year since — including the iPhone 14 Pro.

Before Apple added Notification Center in iOS 5, notifications were just alerts that would interrupt whatever it is you were doing, until you took action on it or dismissed it. And once you dismissed it, that was it — it vanished, never to be seen again, so you may have missed something important if you didn’t remember what it was.

Read more