The uproar from people in the android community over the entire Cyanogen INC situation is absolutely crazy. Here are a couple points I would like to express just to counter a huge consensus of items I see spread around.
1. Cyanogen INC is making all their money off the free contributions of people around the world. Once it's committed it's theirs.
This is one that can be summed up in one word. Linux. There are contributors around the world that add too, bug fix, and improve the Linux kernel on a daily basis. There are also hundreds if not thousands of developers who write open source programs that get added to Distributions like Redhat, Suse, Arch etc. The list goes on for days.
None of those guys get paid for their code unless they work for a company who paid them to develop the code on company time.
2. Giving up Google services for a hodgepodge of other services is stupid.
This was mainly centered around the announcement of the BLU device that will not ship with Google services, but instead amazon, microsoft, etc. That was BLU'S choice. This alone highlights what Cyanogen has been trying to get across to people. It's not about forcing you to use 1 service. It's about choice. In this case BLU chose the services they wanted to include by default. Cyanogen just provided the deep integration for these services to function well. Again it's about choice. Use Google if you want google.
3. Look at amazon, windows phone, etc. They failed to overtake google.
That maybe slightly true in the US, but in other markets around the world that's not always the case. There are also several people saying that a phone with out Google would never make it. Tell that to Xiaomi. They seem to be doing quite well without google services.
With all that being said, you as the end user still have a choice. A choice to buy what handset you want, to use what carrier you want. You also have the choice to hack your device and put what flavor of android you want on it, whether it's +Paranoid Android
+Ken -Broken- Greenwood
's BrokenOS, +OmniROM
or any of the other tons of ROMS out there. You can even take the time and effort to port any of those or +CyanogenMod
to your device.
Again it's about choice.
Lastly, money makes the world go round. Whether you like it or not that's the world we live in now. So yes Cyanogen INC is out to make money, just like Google, microsoft, redhat, walmart. There is a capital gain aspect of it all. Last time I checked you can't walk into Best buy and grab a fit bit for free to make you healthier, just cause its the right thing.
Somewhere in the past few years with the introduction of the Play store and the idea of mobile apps a perception of something for nothing appeared. I remember having to buy Microsoft Office, and the subsequent updates every time. Same thing with windows os, photoshop, the list goes on.
I am not saying for a moment that things can't change for the better for consumers but this blanket sense of entitlement for updates and upgrades is getting out of hand.
I am sure there are a few developers like +Koushik Dutta
and even some themers like +Brian Gill
, or +John Xionidis
and more that would agree.
I have 4 devices that my play store account is tied to. I have 4 copies of the same software installed on all, and it's ok. No pirating, or violation of ToS.
I love it, but I also have no issues paying for the apps I use.
One more point, from all this open source, and potential for change, and innovation, we see things like +Syko Pompos
bring RRO layers to light, not to forget all the other stuff that the android community has created.
The community is flourishing, and people are turning dreams into reality. At some point we as the user base should stop hating.
Just my 2 cents. Or 3. Maybe it was closer to 3 cents.
Oh and for some reason I feel I have to mention +Russell Holly
, no real reason why. I just do.