Kirt McMaster, the CEO of Cyanogen, has recently given a really interesting speech about the future of Cyanogen itself and its connection to Google. And it's really surprising. It looks like the Cyanogen company doens't want to be a part of Google, not even a bit. They want to take Android away from Google completely.
Founders of Cyanogen, Steve Kondik and Kirt McMaster
We’re making a version of Android that is more open so we can integrate with more partners so their servicers can be tier one services, so startups working on [artificial intelligence] or other problems don’t get stuck having you have to launch a stupid little application that inevitably gets acquired by Google or Apple. These companies can thrive on non-Google Android.
It's more than obvious that Cyanogen is making its own way and will start to make the Android its own - without Google. Cyanogen sees itself as a platform for other companies to build services that integrate deeply into Android, which is not possible with the Google-controlled Android.
According to his words,
We’ve barely scratched the surface in regards to what mobile can be. Today, Cyanogen has some dependence on Google. Tomorrow, it will not. We will not be based on some derivative of Google in three to five years. There will be services that are doing the same old bulls— with Android, and then there will be something different. That is where we’re going here.
So...What do you think? Will Cyanogen build its own platform completely independent from Google? We'll see.