According to a new report from The Information, Sundar Pichai has recently had a meeting with executives at Cyanogen Inc to discuss a possible acquisition by Google. If you are unfamiliar with Cyanogen, they are the makers of CyanogenMod, one of the most popular third party Android ROMs. The report goes into a few things about Cyanogen, but the main story here is that possible Google acquisition
While the report does say that Cyanogen turned down the offer, that doesn’t mean they aren’t looking for one. The company is now looking for a $1 Billion dollar evaluation with a few major tech firms and investors. The report next claims that Cyanogen Inc has told their investors that they currently have a deal in place to bring their custom Android build to Micromax devices in India. Micromax is actually at the top of that market alongside Samsung. Making that deal could land CyanogenMod in the hands of millions of people.
The last part of the report is that Cyanogen needs to be careful in building CyanogenMod too much as if they change it too much Google would not approve their services for CyanogenMod when it ships on devices like the OnePlus One and other future handsets running CyanogenMod out of the box.
This is all a pretty big deal for Cyanogen. The fact that Google made an offer shows clearly that they are interested in the company and could possibly consider them a threat to Android the way they intended it to be. A deal with Micromax would play a massive role in that. How do you think this will all play out? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
Source: The Information (Subscription)