Last month, we may have mentioned that Cynogen Inc. has found its righteous path with the new modular OS program but the troubles for the software company seem to be never ending. According to fresh reports, Cyanogen is mulling over the decision to completely shutter its Seattle office by the end of this coming month i.e December 2016.
Cyanogen, the startup which had been working to give Android a fresh breath of air, is now looking forward to another round of workforce reductions, state sources within and outside the company. These layoffs follow pursuit to the previous 20 percent reductions in July earlier this year. This affected the systems and QA teams in Palo Alto and Seattle, including those in other smaller offices such as Lisbon and India.
The said report does not explicitly mention which positions are being affected by this sacking but it does say that some employees are being offered the option to relocate to the company’s smaller Palo Alto office.
In addition, it reports that Cyanogen co-founder and chief science officer (don’t know the specifics of this position) Steve Kondik’s future in the company is now uncertain. We are all aware that Kondik had lost control over the inner workings of the company in the management reshuffle which saw him being removed from the board and offered an undefined role. This was accompanied with the co-founder and CEO Kirt McMaster handing over his responsibilities to COO Lior Tal. During this strategic change, McMaster has assumed the role of ‘Executive Chairman’ in the company.
The future of the company and its plans to redefine the Android experience for the end user now seems to be in utter jeopardy. There is also uncertainty over the company’s recent plans of ditching its ‘full-stack’ mobile OS platform in favor of a modular approach called ‘Cyanogen Now.’
The company had then added that this modular approach will enable value, independence, and intelligence to flow freely between the layers of the ecosystem. It was aimed at providing developers with the freedom to borrow from, unite and utilize our technology in new and innovative ways. But the plans seem to be completely falling through for Cyanogen.
One should, however, understand that these changes do not affect the development of the community-driven CyanogenMod builds.