OS developer Cyanogen is planning to open an office in India within the next three months and plans to acquire startups in the country, reports ET. The Indian team will either be based in Bangalore or Delhi and will work on products.
Vikram Natarajan, the senior vice-president of global partnerships and distribution at Cyanogen, told ET that Cyanogen’s India team will consist of around 50 people in about a year, a third of the company’s current employee base. He also mentioned that Cyanogen will invest a part of its funding into acquiring smaller companies and teams, mostly from India.
Less than two months ago, Azim Premji’s PremjiInvest led a Series C funding round of $80 million in Cyanogen. Among the other investors who participated in this round were Twitter Ventures, Qualcomm, Telefonica Ventures, Rupert Murdoch and Andreessen Horowitz along with existing investors. The platform also raised an undisclosed amount of strategic investment from electronics manufacturer Foxconn, earlier this month.
Note that, CyanogenMod is the original replacement ROM for Android, but as its popularity grew, Cyanogen was spun off as a commercial entity from CyanogenMod in 2013. Cyanogen’s commercial OS is knows as CyanogenOS and is the default OS on OnePlus One, Yureka and Yuphoria devices. CyanogenMod on the other hand, continues to be a community developed ROM for enthusiasts.
OnePlus vs Cyanogen: Last year, OnePlus had partnered with Cyanogen to release its One smartphone with CyanogenOS as the default operating system. OnePlus was granted a two-year limited non-exclusive license to use Cyanogen’s trademarks and software across the world until January 31, 2016. Cyanogen also signed an exclusive tie-up with Micromax in September the same year, that gave Micromax exclusive licenses for India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal among others. This caused a legal battle, that was resolved through mutual consent earlier this month.
– Earlier this month, Cyanogen partnered with Truecaller to make the caller ID and blocking service app as its default native dialer app. The platform will roll out this integration in future OTA updates for OnePlus One and YUREKA users, as well as integrate it in future smartphones that come pre-loaded with CyanogenOS. The feature will also be integrated in upcoming versions of the OS and will be available for all users across the globe.
– Micromax’s online venture YU Televentures launched its second phone called the Yuphoria and a Yu Fit Band which has Cyanogen OS 12 (Android 5.0 Lollipop), also this month. The company also signed a deal with Qualcomm in March to develop software features for Qualcomm Reference Design based products.