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Cyanogen ends its ties with Chinese OEM OnePlus

Cyanogen and OnePlus, which have had a rough relationship with each other over the past few months, have finally decided to part ways.

According to Cyanogen’s chief technology officer Steve Kondik, both companies have different goals for software, and hence the breakup. “Two new companies are trying to do crazy stuff, a lot of people collide.” he said.

Commenting on the company’s partnership with OnePlus, Cyanogen CEO Kirt McMaster said, “Without Cyanogen, OnePlus would have sold like one device in international markets. Essentially they built their brand on the back of Cyanogen.”

However, the US-based company, which offers an alternate version of Android free of many restrictions that Google has subtly incorporated, will continue supporting OnePlus phones that run its OS.

As for the future roadmap, Cyanogen is now looking to partner with those Chinese companies that have global ambitions. “It’s a great way for them to build some identity outside of China using a brand that’s already reasonably well known,” McMaster said.


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