Cyanogen goes corporate, aims to build a better Android

Credit: CyanogenMod

Cyanogen wants to be your next smartphone OS.

The popular ROM maker has incorporated into a full-fledged company led by Boost Mobile co-founder Kirt McMaster. Cyanogen plans to release an app on the Google Play Store that will streamline the process of installing CyanogenMod onto your phone.

Dubbed Cyanogen Inc., the company has already raised $7 million in funding and looks to surpass both Windows Phone and BlackBerry in a bid to be the third-most used mobile operating system in the world.

Although the company hasn’t divulged any of its long-term goals, its ideals are noble: Your phone is yours to do with as you like. CyanogenMod works on countless handsets, many of which have long since been abandoned by their manufacturers and carriers.

The ROM has gained quite a following in the Android rooting community for being one of the most reliable ways of getting the latest version of Android running on your phone and removing unwanted carrier bloatware.

[Related: New Cyanogen Accounts bring beefed-up security to the popular Android ROM]

In a blog post on the CyanogenMod website, the company lays out a list of goals and states that it will leverage its massive community to create a better mobile user experience around features its users want.

With more than 8 million users, Cyanogen Inc.’s third-place aspirations don’t seem far-fetched. BlackBerry and Microsoft would do well to keep an eye on the plucky new competitor in their space.

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