Microsoft is Supposedly Investing in Cyanogen

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  1. dgstorm

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    Here's some strange news from late last night. Both Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal reported that Microsoft was planning to invest in Cyanogen. Here's a quote from the WSJ on the issue,

    Apparently, this is Microsoft's play to get their fingers deeper into the Android pie. This way, Microsoft can create a version of Android that is more friendly to their app ecosystem than Google has been.

    As for Cyanogen, this is their way of dominating the Android landscape. In fact, the Cyanogen CEO Kirt McMaster, boldly claimed, “We’re going to take Android away from Google.”

    It sounds like this team-up is designed to specifically diminish Google's control of Android. If this turns out to be true, what do you think of this behind the scenes strategic maneuver from Microsoft?
     
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    I mean...I get where they're coming from to a certain extent...

    But if it wasn't for Google, we wouldn't have android in the first place. Sure, Google bought into it, but they also breathed life into it and nurtured it into what it is today. That's my feeling on Cyanogen doing/saying what they have and will do.

    As for Microsoft, maybe they should think about making their own OS better than the competitor instead of buying stock in a bastardized version of that same competitor's software.

    Don't get me wrong, Cyanogen does some great things, and maybe I'm just a purist, but I'm not a fan of these moves or these claims.

    I don't think the market can sustain this many different OS's. I get that this will, in essence, be android and run android apps, but now you've got Android, ios, Windows, Cyanogen, Samsung starting to push Tizen again...Sure, not a big deal for folks like us here on the forum. Heck, I'm sure many would be happy to buy a device running Cyanogen's software right out of the box, but for the average consumer that only recently got their first smartphone ever, I see the waters getting muddy and the choices getting confusing.
     
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    Smart move by Microsoft. They make millions and millions from Android phones already and this will increase the size of their coffers.

    They made $800 million from the sale of Samsung phones alone.
     
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    Couldn't Google could disallow the use of Google Play, and then sue CyanogenMod for the use of it in their ROMs.
    Also, for Cyanogen to want to take Android away...well...Amazon already did this.
     
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    Not just Google play. Gapps in general. Gmail, calendar, etc. Some easier replaced than others.

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    Which is even worse for Cyanogen! :eek:
     
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    Google can't really do that, because they have committed to keeping Android "Open." They would have to reverse their stance on that completely which would be a major PR disaster.
     
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    How is what Cyanagoen does really different from the OEM's? How is pre-loading MS software any different from the OEM's and carriers adding their own bloat?
     
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    Oh really? Have you forgotten their recent policy revision towards oems & requiring certain "powered by android" on the boot screen & other stipulations if they wanted access to the store & Gapps...?

    Android & Google's apps are separate items that work hand in hand.



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    Good point! ;)
     
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    If it weren't for Microsoft there would be no Android dominance. If MS hadn't gotten so short sighted and arrogant their first delve into smartphones would still be a dominant force in the market place because there wouldn't have been such a thirst for something other than them or ios.
    Perhaps it's good news that Microsoft has finally admitted they are no longer #1 in the mobile world in their own minds?
    I'll be honest that I'd like to see a third major player because Android and ios are both bastardizing into 1 os where they only differentiate in the place your spend your money on apps, music, etc. Neither have anything new and fresh that isn't a clone of the other anymore.a

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    Exactly. The Android OS is open source, and anyone can do pretty much whatever they want to do with it. But Google's apps are an entirely different beast. In order to legally include any of them, Google requires that you adhere to a minimum set of standards. This has been true since the first Android devices were released.
     
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