The startup that promised a better version of Android will stop updating its OS on December 31 as part of an ongoing “consolidation.”
If Android had a second name, it had to be CyanogenMod. An aftermarket custom ROM that offered all the good stuff of Android topped with additional features saw some odd organizational shakeup lately, seeing its CEO being ousted and losing its original founder, Steve Kondik, from the team. That shakeup led to all sorts of odd choices, eventually leading up to this day where Cyanogen has announced that it will shut down its services on the 31st of December 2016.
As part of the ongoing consolidation of Cyanogen, all services and Cyanogen-supported nightly builds will be discontinued no later than 12/31/16. The open source project and source code will remain available for anyone who wants to build CyanogenMod personally.
While this is bad news for the community, the good news is that Cyanogen is leaving an open-source initiative behind called Lineage. Using this, developers will be able to pick up the latest CyanogenMod code, and continue developing on a personal level if they so desire. This is the only way the ROM will live on. But do not expect any breakthrough in the time to come.
While Cyanogen and CyanogenMod are both saying goodbye, the spirit of CM will continue to live on in LineageOS. This is just the beginning. A website is being developed, and were sure to hear much more about Lineage in the upcoming days and weeks.