Earlier this week, Cyanogen revealed its plan to develop a new device through a partnership with a small firm called Nextbit, but a new report claims that some of the biggest tech titans in the world are interested in working with or even acquiring the software startup. The Information claims that Amazon, Microsoft, Samsung and Yahoo are all eyeing the smaller company as a potential weapon to be used against Google’s dominant Android operating system.
It sounds like Cyanogen is still happy to strike up smaller partnerships for now, though that doesn’t mean it’s not interested in hearing what larger companies have to offer. The team behind CyanogenMod apparently already met with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, though it’s unclear what the subject of the meeting might have been. In the meantime, Cyanogen is reportedly focusing on an incoming round of funding later this year after raising $22 million in 2013.
Cyanogen’s definitely established itself as one of the best Android mods out there, though it hasn’t exactly crossed over into the mainstream conversation just yet. We don’t really see it as a great fit for Microsoft, which hasn’t shown any interest in working with Google’s mobile OS. A partnership with Amazon or Samsung makes a lot more sense as both companies keep pushing forward with their own Android alternatives. Meanwhile, Yahoo could be the dark horse no one expects, though we’re not particularly excited at the prospect of a Yahoo smartphone.