Well, here comes the last nail in the coffin. Cyanogen Inc. is finally shutting down all of its services including nightly builds on 31st December. So, as the whole world will awake to a new year on the morning of 1st January 2017, Cyanogen as we know it, will go to sleep forever.
In a very short blog, Cyanogen has announced its departure stating, “As part of the ongoing consolidation of Cyanogen, all services and Cyanogen-supported nightly builds will be discontinued no later than 12/31/16. The open source project and source code will remain available for anyone who wants to build CyanogenMod personally.”
Cyanogen has been going through a tough phase for a while now. Recently, its CEO Kirk McMaster which once famously said, “we’re putting a bullet through Google’s head” has been replaced by Lior Tal. The company has also closed its Seattle office resulting in a massive layoff and breakup with the co-founder Steve Kondik, the real brain behind Cyanogen and CyanogenMod.
That’s not all, shutting down of Cyanogen Inc also results in the breakdown of CyanogenMod infrastructure. In a blog post on cyanogenmod.org, the community said that it was bound to happen since Kondik, the last remaining advocate of the community inside Cyanogen’s leadership has also departed from the company.
The blog post further added, “In addition to infrastructure being retired, we in the CM community have lost our voice in the future direction of CM.” The community also said, “Even if we were to regroup and rebuild our own infrastructure, continuing development of CM would mean to operate with the threat of sale of the brand looming over our heads. “ Thus, the community has decided to get itself completely detached from the CyanogenMod name and rename itself as “Lineage”.
The community will continue to build custom ROMs and follow its 8-year-old legacy. The community chose this path to wash the stains of PR actions from Cyanogen brand and clarify for once, and all that CyanogenMod and CyanogenOS were distinct even though the CyanogenMod community had relied on Cyanogen for monetary support and shared source base.
It would be interesting to see, how the community evolves after the era of Cyanogen and renaming itself as Lineage Android Distribution. Also, as per the current reports, the devices currently running on CyanogenOS won’t be getting further updates, therefore, advised to look for alternative ROMs.