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Succeeding on Android without Google is not easy: Cyanogen announces more layoffs

Succeeding on Android without Google is not easy: Cyanogen announces more layoffs

CyanogenMod is one of the best options we have to install Android on our mobile phone without having the official ROMs from the manufacturers. This allows a greater customization of our device, and ROMs that are very light. The company has been growing in recent years due to its popularity and the large number of phones they support, but this 2016 is not being his best year.

Last July the company laid off 20% of its workforce. The company has participated in agreements with various Android phone manufacturers such as BQ or OnePlus to develop specific ROMs for their terminals based on on your Cyanogen OS, being this its main source of benefits. On the other hand, its ROMs are free for users who want to use it for non-commercial purposes on their phones (which Zetta did not comply with in their deceptions).

Now, according to Android Police, Cyanogen Inc. reportedly laid off even more workers, and is considering closing its Seattle headquarters next December. Certain workers still with the company would go on to work in the company’s Palo Alto office, which is smaller than the company’s Seattle headquarters, from which some workers have also been laid off. The layoffs are related to the development of Cyanogen versions of Android.

Steve Kondik, one of the co-founders of the project, was forced out of the company’s board of directors last July, and apparently his future would currently be up in the air, and he could even be fired from the company.

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It is not easy to develop a stable system

The bad situation Cyanogen is going through may be due to the phones are increasingly closed (and therefore secure), and rooting them to install custom ROMs implies unlocking the bootloader, and therefore a loss of the warranty. In addition, phones increasingly bring more features that makes it not so necessary to root the phones to install a Cyanogen ROM.

Even those who root and decide to customize their mobile have options at hand so as not to have to use a third-party ROM, which usually causes failures such as reboots, hangs or forced closings, suffering stability problems. Thanks to Xposed Framework, users can use modules like GravityBox, being able to have the best of both worlds: the stability of the original manufacturer ROM along with the pinpoint customization of modules like GravityBox.

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