Cyanogen OS will no longer be exclusive to Micromax’s Yu in India, courtesy Lenovo


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We’ve reported in the past about how Lenovo planned to launch the ZUK Z1 in India very soon.

In fact, it’s been learnt that the phone will be sold as the ‘Lenovo Z1 – Powered by ZUK‘… perhaps to bank on Lenovo’s existing market share.

Anyway, another bit of interesting news is that Cyanogen OS (CyanogenMod’s commercial flavour) which was exclusive to Micromax’s Yu will no longer be an exclusive. In the past, Micromax, OnePlus and Cyanogen Inc. found themselves at loggerheads about the issue, with Yu taking home the rights to use Cyanogen OS.

Now, however, the ROM will be shared by the Lenovo Z1 in India. Anuj Sharma, head of product marketing, Lenovo had the following to say:

It [the deal] was there before that’s what I was told by Cyanogen team. But the team now said its ok now. So we are going ahead with the launch.

Kirt McMaster, CEO, Cyanogen revealed in December of 2015:

You probably see more than six domestic and international vendors launching devices running Cyanogen in India.

We are going to expand in India aggressively, and you can expect to see a lot more of us next year. Our Bengaluru team has 11 people, which will grow up to 60 people by the end of 2016. India is the fastest growing mobile market in the planet and we are here to support it. The big focus of the financing is to expand in India.

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18 Comments

  1. Adam Irvine
    May 2, 2016

    That’s good

  2. Rob
    May 2, 2016

    Another phone to avoid, I would rather use an Elephone ROM than this crap!

    • balcobomber25
      May 2, 2016

      The only good thing about this phone is the developer community is huge for it. Nearly ever ROM has been ported to it.

    • Joel Adames
      May 2, 2016

      Is it that bad???
      I’ve never used it.

      • Rob
        May 2, 2016

        My mate bought a phone with it on and sold it after 3 weeks before he smashed it up! I played around with it a few times and it just makes the simplest things difficult, really, really awful. At least I got a chance to try it so will never make the mistake of buying one myself. Flyme is a million times better and intuitive once u get used to a single button.

    • Faisal Shaharyar
      May 2, 2016

      cynogen os with One plus one was a huge hit even today people would rather buy a stable OS with a compatible hardware rather than go for anything else on the market which does not support future updates….

      • Rob
        May 2, 2016

        That’s their choice, it needs frequent updates in the hope it might make it useable!

        • Faisal Shaharyar
          May 2, 2016

          cynogen updates it every 2-3 months.

  3. Adam Irvine
    May 2, 2016

    That’s good

  4. Rob
    May 2, 2016

    Another phone to avoid, I would rather use an Elephone ROM than this crap!

    • balcobomber25
      May 2, 2016

      The only good thing about this phone is the developer community is huge for it. Nearly ever ROM has been ported to it.

    • Joel Adames
      May 2, 2016

      Is it that bad???
      I’ve never used it.

    • Faisal Shaharyar
      May 2, 2016

      cynogen os with One plus one was a huge hit even today people would rather buy a stable OS with a compatible hardware rather than go for anything else on the market which does not support future updates….

    • Rob
      May 2, 2016

      My mate bought a phone with it on and sold it after 3 weeks before he smashed it up! I played around with it a few times and it just makes the simplest things difficult, really, really awful. At least I got a chance to try it so will never make the mistake of buying one myself. Flyme is a million times better and intuitive once u get used to a single button.

    • Rob
      May 2, 2016

      That’s their choice, it needs frequent updates in the hope it might make it useable!

    • Faisal Shaharyar
      May 2, 2016

      cynogen updates it every 2-3 months.

  5. Joel Adames
    May 2, 2016

    I like where this is going… The pursuit for the optimization of ROMs….

    I wonder how would Vanilla Andorid 6 marshmallow RUN on an IPhone 6s
    Would it run as smooth as running iOS ??
    And the same the other way ???

    Has anyone heard about this?

  6. Joel Adames
    May 2, 2016

    I like where this is going… The pursuit for the optimization of ROMs….

    I wonder how would Vanilla Andorid 6 marshmallow RUN on an IPhone 6s
    Would it run as smooth as running iOS ??
    And the same the other way ???

    Has anyone heard about this?