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Cyanogen’s next step: A BLU phone without Google apps

Cyanogen’s next step: A BLU phone without Google apps

After amassing $80 million in funding, even without Microsoft's help, and being valued at close to $1 billion, the tech world is keeping a close eye on Cyanogen, Inc. That, of course, is no reason for outspoken and, dare we say, almost belligerent CEO Kirt McMaster to start treading lightly and mincing words. In fact, he has fighting words: "We're putting a bullet through Google's head", which is no small undertaking. And it's all going to start with a smartphone that won't have any of Google's popular apps installed.

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Cyanogen earns $80 million in funding for more ‘open’ Android

Cyanogen earns $80 million in funding for more ‘open’ Android

In their ongoing attempt to 'take Android away from Google', Cyanogen was reportedly seeking a little help from some new friends. We’d previously heard Microsoft was interested in helping Cyanogen out, but that ultimately didn’t materialize. While $110 million didn’t happen, $80 million did via a Series C funding round that saw Cyanogen bankroll their efforts for just a bit longer. Though Microsoft has bowed out, Cyanogen did pick up new backers in Qualcomm and Twitter Ventures, as well as Telefonica Ventures.

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Microsoft to pass on Cyanogen’s $110 million funding round

Microsoft to pass on Cyanogen’s $110 million funding round

Back in late January, it was reported that Microsoft was eager to invest as much as $70 million in Cyanogen, the developers behind a customized version of the Android operating system. This would've been a move by Microsoft to help strengthen the competition against Google's standard Android versions, even it wasn't directly benefitting their own Windows platform. However, it appears things have changed in the last six weeks or so, as Cyanogen is said be raising roughly $110 million in a new funding round, but without any participation from Microsoft.

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Cyanogen taps Boxer for email app in OS 12

Cyanogen taps Boxer for email app in OS 12

If you listen to Cyanogen, it’s time Android has a strong challenger outside of Apple — one that is much like Android itself. Lately, the crew at Cyanogen have been making a lot of noise about their intent to challenge Android in a big way, possibly even overthrowing it. They might be onto something, but there was something looming: Google Services. To properly challenge Android, you’d need a suite of services you can call your own, or partners that get you there. Cyanogen did just that, tapping Boxer to bring email to Cyanogen OS.

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Alcatel announces the budget-friendly Hero 2+ running Cyanogen OS

Alcatel announces the budget-friendly Hero 2+ running Cyanogen OS

Need a big, unlocked phone that won’t break the bank? Good news! Alcatel is introducing the Hero 2+, a device with a 6-inch screen that comes unlocked. An android device, this one is a touch different than you might imagine it would be on the software side. Rather than running a home-brewed, modified version of Android, Alcatel is wisely turning to Cyanogen for their software needs. Another disruptive tidbit — the Alcatel Hero 2+ can be yours for $299 beginning in Q2 2015.

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CyanogenMod jabs at OnePlus OS closed-source OS

CyanogenMod jabs at OnePlus OS closed-source OS

The official OxygenOS for OnePlus "won't be a community build, it will be a real OS." So says OnePlus ROM team member Helen, an official member of said team. In return, the Android community has been none too kind to the creators of said operating system and said hardware. Cyanogenmod's own Steve Kondik suggested the following: "you can love CM or you can hate us, but we have no plans of taking our toys and going home." This is OnePlus after Cyanogenmod - and it's none too pretty.

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OnePlus after Cyanogen — Oxygen, and lots of Paranoid Android

OnePlus after Cyanogen — Oxygen, and lots of Paranoid Android

In the wake of their odd breakup (or separation, or maybe they’re taking a break, who really knows) with Cyanogen, OnePlus announced they’d come to market with their own operating system. Quickly dubbed Oxygen OS, we were promised more details at a later date. Today is the day for more details, so what are we getting? A look at Oxygen OS’ logo, and a brief introduction to the team building it. If you were wondering how OnePlus was going to answer Cyanogen’s work on their hardware, the answer is Paranoid Android.

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Cyanogen looks to tech giants to fund non-Google Android plans

Cyanogen looks to tech giants to fund non-Google Android plans

It seems that startup Cyanogen won't just be stopping with Microsoft in building up support for its war against a Google-controlled Android. Rumor is spreading that Cyanogen plans to undergo a Series C funding and has been talking with the big dogs in the industry. One of those unofficially named is Amazon, who has its own custom Android flavor, which adds a bit more spice to the quest to break Google's monopoly over the largest mobile operating system, and sparking discussion on what an Android without Google would be like.

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Cyanogen gets $70 mil from Microsoft to ‘take Android’ from Google

Cyanogen gets $70 mil from Microsoft to ‘take Android’ from Google

We’re going to take Android away from Google” said Cyanogen CEO Kirt McMaster. They’re going to have help, too. A new report from The Wall Street Journal (to whom the above comment was made) notes Microsoft is making a $70 million investment in Cyanogen Inc. It’s an interesting angle, as Microsoft already makes quite a bit of money in licensing fees with regard to Android, and has their own operating system in Windows (no longer Windows Phone for mobile). The investment still leaves Microsoft with a minority stake.

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Micromax’s Cyanogen-powered YU branded YUreka comes to life

Micromax’s Cyanogen-powered YU branded YUreka comes to life

"The Zeus of phones have arrived!" That is how Micromax is trying to paint the arrival of the first smartphone under its new YU brand. With an almost cringe-worthy name of YUreka, the smartphone exclusive to India is bound to attract the attention of many in the mobile world. Aside from being a new hyped product from one of India's biggest OEMs, YUreka is also the first to bear Cyanogen's mark, at least officially and exclusively, in the country, much to OnePlus' chagrin.

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