Cyanogen Inc. has shut down their CyanogenMod which is an open source Android OS ROM. They will stop any support for the operating system starting 31st December 2016. The CyanogenMod will remain for those who want to build their version of the OS.
But remaining project team members are already creating a new website for their latest project called Lineage OS. CyanogenMod is popular among Android users since the operating system provide an optimized Android before Google came out with Nexus and Pixel.
Previously, Google had offered to buy the company for $1 billion about two years ago, but it was turned down. An internal conflict between the CEO, Kirt McMaster and its founder, Steve Kondik cause the CEO being removed from his position, and Kondik left the company.
CM has always been more than the name and more than the infrastructure. CM has been a success based on the spirit, ingenuity and effort of its individual contributors…Embracing that spirit, we the community of developers, designers, device maintainers and translators have taken the steps necessary to produce a fork of the CM source code and pending patches. This is more than just a ‘rebrand’. This fork will return to the grassroots community effort that used to define CM while maintaining the professional quality and reliability you have come to expect more recently. We will take pride in our Lineage as we move forward and continue to build on its legacy.
With Google had come out with their hardware called the Pixel, does Lineage OS is still relevant?