In news yesterday, we reported that Cyanogen Inc. would be pivoting its company towards becoming an app development company. The news was first broken by respected tech blogs Android Police and Re/code citing anonymous sources. We covered the story as well. Following a round of massive layoffs resulting in a whopping 20% of the company losing their jobs – a majority of whom were part of the team behind the widely successful CyanogenMod (CM) operating system – the company was looking to refocus its investments in the development of MOD. MOD is Cyanogen’s take on how and what apps should look like and how they work.
However, it looks like both the CEO and Co-Founder of Cyanogen have come out to defend their company and reassure users and fans that they are here to stay. In a series of tweets, CEO Kirt McMaster has broken his initial silence on the subject stating “Cyanogen is NOT pivoting to apps.” Denying earlier reports as “FALSE reporting” the boisterous CEO confirms that there were layoffs and that “startups and disruption are brutal”. That said, the number of employees who received their pink slips was not mentioned.
In a blog post, the Co-Founder, Steve Kondik reiterates McMaster’s sentiments. He states:
“tl;dr: CyanogenMod isn’t going anywhere, nor has Cyanogen Inc. discontinued it’s efforts towards the goal of bringing it to a larger audience.”
While he doesn’t directly acknowledge the layoffs which happened. He alludes to them saying, “We had a few successes at the Inc, but also our share of stuff which just didn’t work at all. Anyone insane enough to do a startup will tell you that it will probably go wrong before it goes right, no matter how good your intentions are. All you can do is fix it, or it’s the end. You find out what works and what doesn’t work, and go towards the things which work.”
While there is still little indication of what is truly going on at Cyanogen, it seems like their focus is still to “create and OPEN Android”. However, the two executives have been rather controversial with their statements of late and have garnered some skepticism from many enthusiasts.
Nothing has been fully confirmed with the goings on in the Inc. but Kondik does reaffirm that “CyanogenMod is something that works.” While we don’ t truly know what means, it looks like the popular open source version of Android isn’t going anywhere… yet.