​Cyanogen to shut down services by year's end

From CNET: So I guess I can finally stop trying to perfect my pronunciation of Cyanogen, the company that tried and failed to kill Google's Android OS and never grabbed much mainstream appeal.

The startup announced late Friday that "as part of the ongoing consolidation of Cyanogen," it's shutting down all services and nightly builds on December 31.

"The open source project and source code will remain available for anyone who wants to build CyanogenMod personally," the brief announcement read.

That means owners of devices that run the Cyanogen OS, including the OnePlus One and Lenovo ZUK Z1, won't get further updates and will have to move over to the open-source CyanogenMod ROM, which isn't a commercial OS and is run by a community of developers.

Those developers, however, responded Saturday to the shutdown news by saying the loss of Cynanogen Inc. is a "death blow" to CyanogenMod. The blog pays respects to the community that it served for more than eight years and but bids farewell to CyanogenMod and touts the next open-source Android project called Lineage.

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