McMaster out as CEO, Cyanogen focusing on new Modular OS program

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In a blog post written on the Cyanogen website yesterday, Lior Tal posted some news about key changes happening over at the company. The first and biggest tidbit didn’t come until near the end of the post when Tal announced that Kirt McMaster, Cyanogen’s co-founder, will be moving to an Executive Chairman of the Board position while Tal himself will assume the role of CEO. In addition, Steve Kondik, Cyanogen’s other co-founder, will be taking on a new role of Chief Science Officer.

Cyanogen had its roots in the open source community with the CyanogenMod open source project and evolved into Cyanogen Inc. with the creation of Cyanogen OS which was marketed as an alternative Android solution. Cyanogen Inc. has had its ups and downs over the past couple years and now finds itself evolving once again with the announcement of the Cyanogen Modular OS program. The new program will allow manufacturers the ability to pick and choose different Cyanogen components to include in their smartphone builds without having to commit to the full Cyanogen OS.

The new partnership program offers smartphone manufacturers greater freedom and opportunity to introduce intelligent, customizable Android smartphones using different parts of the Cyanogen OS via dynamic modules and MODs, with the ROM of their choice, whether stock Android or their own variant.

All of this has created an opportunity for Cyanogen to break free from its legacy model, which required it to own and deliver the full-stack of the operating system, and instead aim for something greater than the sum of our parts. Cyanogen’s Modular OS program will allow value, independence and intelligence to flow freely between the layers of the ecosystem, providing more companies and developers with the freedom to borrow from, unite and utilize our technology in new and innovative ways.

What do you think about the changes to Cyanogen’s leadership structure and the introduction of the Cyanogen Modular OS program? Let us know in the comments below, or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.

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