Steve Kondik is officially out of Cyanogen Inc.


Cyanogen Inc. has announced that it is relocating to Palo Alto, California and has separated ties with co-founder Steve Kondik. The post, published yesterday by Cyanogen CEO Lior Tal on the company blog, sheds further light on the circumstances surrounding the recent closure of its Seattle office.

“The purpose of the change is to improve the communication and performance of the team which will now operate under one roof. This consolidation effort will allow us to build in greater efficiencies and reduce restrictions in our product development lifecycle,” wrote Tal, adding, “Understandably some are unable to follow their role and relocate.”

The post goes on to reveal that Kondik won’t be following the rest of the team to the new location. “Cyanogen has separated ties with Steve Kondik, allowing him to continue to forge his path as he sees fit. We wish him the best of luck in his next venture.”

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The news follows soon after Kondik revealed problems he’d encountered while working with Cyanogen and co-founder Kirt McMaster, who recently stepped down from his position as CEO. “I wish I had made different choices and trusted different people,” Kondik wrote in his statement.

Tal ended the Cyanogen post with: “The company is well-funded and will continue to recruit great people to help expand the core functions of our team.”

Cyanogen Inc. reportedly laying off more workers and closing Seattle office


The already troubled Cyanogen Inc. may be dealing with even more problems today. A new report claims that the company has laid off more of its workforce and also plans to shut down its Seattle, Washington office by the end of 2016.

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The report, which cites unnamed sources, claims that the future of the company’s co-founder, Steve Kondik, is currently unknown. In October, Cyanogen confirmed that CEO Kirt McMaster was moving to the Executive Chairman role, and that Lior Tal would be the new CEO. At the time, Tal stated that the company was changing its focus to create a “new Cyanogen Modular OS program” rather than selling its own custom OS. Kondik also got a new title, Chief Science Officer, during this transition.

This report didn’t have any details on how many people will be affected by these layoffs, although it did say that some of the Seattle team members will be offered jobs at Cyanogen’s Palo Alto, California location. Hopefully we will get some official word on the company’s plans in the near future, but at the moment it appears that there will be more pain before things finally settle at Cyanogen.

CyanogenMod 14.1 now available on OnePlus One, OnePlus 2, Nexus 6 and more

CyanogenMod 14.1 is now available on nine additional devices following its initial rollout last week. Based on Android 7.1 Nougat, the latest CyanogenMod ROM delivers an Android experience currently only accessible to Google Pixel owners, or those running the developer preview on select Nexus devices.

To complement the first round of CyanogenMod 14.1-compatible phones – which include the Samsung Galaxy S5, LG G4, OnePlus 3 and Asus Zenfone 2 – Cyanogen has now rolled it out to:

CyanogenMod 14.1 is still in development, which means users can expect to encounter bugs and missing features. Support for more devices is likely to follow soon along with additional content.

Announcing the latest build last week, Cyanogen Inc. founder Steve Kondik said CyanogenMod was “returning to its community-driven roots,” and that now is “a great time to get involved with the project.” Find out everything you need to know about CyanogenMod in our dedicated article.

Which device are you waiting to see CyanogenMod 14.1 support? Let us know in the comments.