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AT&T wants to build a Cyanogen smartphone, rumor says

by Jacob Kleinman | March 31, 2016March 31, 2016 7:00 am PST

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Cyanogen has teamed up with a few different phone OEMs in the past, including Chinese startup OnePlus and Micromax in India, but the company could be on the verge of something even bigger. According to The Information, AT&T is considering selling a new Cyanogen-powered smartphone in the U.S.

The report cites two inside sources who claim AT&T is eager to break Google’s hold over Android. Cyanogen could also give the carrier an opportunity to create deeper integration into the new phone’s operating system. ZTE was apparently involved at one point as well, but the Chinese phone-maker likely won’t be included due to recent U.S. trade sanctions imposed against it.

For Cyanogen, this could mark a huge step forward in its plan to steal control of Android away from Google. However, it’s unclear if AT&T’s version of the operating system would resemble the optimized software it currently offers. The final result will probably be a far cry from the CyanogenMod ROM we know and love… if it ever happens.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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