Cyanogen only found a new fan in a conflict to “take Android divided from Google”: Microsoft.
The dual companies have struck a understanding to confederate renouned Microsoft apps into Cyanogen Operating System, that now comes preloaded on phones like a OnePlus One after rising from CyanogenMod, one of a many renouned choice Android ROMs around. (Update for clarity: CyanogenMod is still around and being grown by a village as a apart entity from Cyanogen OS.)
The twin is diving in with both feet, too: Cyanogen OS will embody Skype, OneDrive, OneNote, Outlook, Office, and Bing services going forward. Cyanogen’s holding Android divided from Google and handing it to Microsoft, it seems.
The story behind a story: Rumors of partnership between Microsoft and Cyanogen were initial tied to Cyanogen’s new appropriation round. Microsoft didn’t breeze adult investing, yet today’s proclamation confirms that a whispers contained a heart of truth—and this vital partnership is a ideal fit for a goals of any company.
Since growing from common beginnings as a tradition Android ROM, Cyanogen has sprouted into a bone-fide association that is actively seeking partners to preload a OS on phones.
CEO Kirt McMaster has publicly complained about how deeply Google integrates a services into Android. Phone manufacturers have to follow despotic rules concerning a distinguished chain of Google’s apps on homescreens.
Cyanogen—a some-more stretchable flare of batch Android—stands to compute itself from a masses of inclination regulating central Android builds by integrating third-party services, yet it stays to be seen if buyers are peaceful to welcome an Android device though Google apps. Amazon’s Fire Phone was a flop, yet it was expelled in North America, while Cyanogen-powered phones are some-more expected to seem in building nations, where Google doesn’t have a stranglehold it commands in a U.S.
Microsoft, meanwhile, has reimagined itself as a “mobile first, cloud first” association given CEO Satya Nadella seized a reins final year, permitting a services to finally mangle giveaway of a lockstep with Windows. In a months given his betterment to a lead role, Office has landed on Android and iOS, OneNote’s stretched to, well, everywhere, and Microsoft’s even launched a module to fast exam ideas for new Android apps. Nadella’s Microsoft wants we regulating Microsoft services even if we don’t use Windows.
The new Microsoft is “the capability and height association for a mobile-first and cloud-first world,” he pronounced in a minute to employees final July.
This isn’t a initial understanding Microsoft’s inked to move a apps to Android devices. Earlier this year, a association announced skeleton to preload Office on Android tablets from Dell and Samsung, and Samsung’s Galaxy S6 comes with Office, OneDrive, and OneNote preloaded.