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Cyanogen Team Sets Eyes on Wearables, Smart Cars and TVs

by Todd Haselton | December 19, 2013December 19, 2013 9:30 am PST


Cyanogen initially set out to do one thing: Create the best software experience possible for Android users. It’s already done a stellar job at that task with CyanogenMod, and according to a new report from Engadget, the team is now eying other arenas where it can work to offer consumers an even better experience than what’s available now.

If you’ve used a smart TV, you probably know that the experience can often be pretty clunky. The same applies for some smartwatches (though Pebble still stands out against the pack), and other areas where software ease of use and fluidity seem to have been distant thoughts for the manufacturers. Cyanogen told Engadget that it’s looking to both of those areas: wearables and TVs, and even to smart cars, next.

“We feel that the existing devices you can currently buy aren’t really designed for the end user. They’re essentially designed as cash registers for the companies that make them,” Cyanogen’s chief technology officer Steve Kondik explained, noting that poor software usually results in consumers losing trust for the company that built the device. Cyanogen will work that mindset: Build trust with great software.

It has a few hurdles ahead, though. The company first needs to boost its employee base. Kondik told Engadget that the current plan is to add up to 50 additional staffers, more than tripling the size of its current staff. It also needs to continue to raise money, and hopes to generate new cash by adding pay-for features to existing software. And, finally, it needs to build its name out from a brand recognized by Android enthusiasts to one known by all consumers. The next step? Kondik seemed to hint at a smartphone partnership with a “friendlier brand name in the coming months,” Engadget said, which could definitely boost its name among consumers.

It sounds like the Cyanogen team has huge plans moving forward, and we can’t wait to see what comes next. Any guesses on what that “friendlier brand name” might be?


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...