As a CM contributor and device maintainer I have been following the Cyngn INC story fairly close. I have to say, as a whole to see a bunch of guys turn a little side project for bug fixes and performance improvements into a product that millions of people use in one form or another. Then to capitalize that with the birth of an INC that is making waves in the mobile industry is amazing. I have to give a huge thumbs up and congratulations to +Steve Kondik +Ricardo Cerqueira +Ethan Chen +Abhisek Devkota
and the dozens of other people involved into making the dream a reality.
Now on to the rest of my post.
This is something I have felt from the beginning. +Kirt McMaster
maybe making bold statements, and freakishly large claims from his perch atop the Cyngn INC., but nothing he has said is that far out of the box. Everything that you tend to see on G+ and the forums is such hate from the android community that CM was born from. Why? Because people tend to stick with the first thing they read, right wrong, misinformed or falling short. They take one tidbit of information, form it into whatever they want it to sound like, and then plaster it all over the internet with hashtags like #Cyanoshit
What so many people don't realize is impact that CM has made on the entire community. The shear number of supported devices for "bare" AOSP style builds vs OEM skins is largely based on CM's ground work. Even people who "despise" or will "never let CM touch their device" are using forms of AOSP that cherry-pick commits from CM or use entire device trees forked from CM. That is the greatest part of this though! The source, the device trees, the kernel is all there! All there for the taking, complete with histories, to see the progression.
Nothing has been taken from the community. It still thrives more than ever.
Now onto the bold statements from the CEO. Remember I said that it had to do with people making the statements say what they wanted them too. Read the attached article, then go back and think about some of those bold statements. They make a little more sense now right?
1. Take android from Google. Google services are great, lots of us use them, but these are the only real services you can have total integration in android with. The API hooks are not there for an open system, they are there for Google services. Thats it. What about countries like China where google is not welcome? They have to settle for apps that can not tie into the power of the Android OS because the GServices are not there. This is what happened to MIUI.
This is exactly why companies like Samsung, HTC and LG provide "skins" and their own email, calendar, etc apps. They want integration with the OS.
With CM's vision, the hooks are there, use what you want to use for services.
2. Apple/Samsung are going to be toast in the near future. This could be very true. Samsung, HTC, LG are producing great products. Amazing products. But they are expensive. $600+ dollars for a device. Just one. What about markets/areas where people just can't afford a $750 device. What about markets where someone could immensely benefit from the capabilities of a smart phone, but don't have subsidized prices. This particular market is huge, and its something that people who are not exposed to can forget it exists. I know if i walked into a store, and was told I could get a device for $750, or a device with similar specs for $250, the $250 sounds like its right up my alley. If a INC like CM, with its deals with hardware guys like QCOM, can make a device for $200 that feels and runs like an $800 device, EVERYONE wins. It sparks competition, price wars, and innovation. The consumers win at every level.
3. CM did nothing but screw OnePlus Over. Well again, that comes from what certain people wanted you to hear. Excerpts from emails, and conversations, one sided stories. Of course, if you speak first, you are going to make yourself sound as good as you can. Nothing came out about the issues that stemmed from last minute OnePlus changes, hardware issues, and fixes that CM put in place to make the OPO such a success. Its also amusing to see the same people that shamed OnePlus for the "vaporware" and invite system, turn around and treat Oneplus like nothing but a poor little victim.
On this same issue, people claimed that CM kept flip-flopping on its stance for support in India. It never changed sides. It stayed exactly the same, international devices would continue to get CM support. Devices sold directly in India would not have CM. Done. No confusion, just misinformation spread by people who wanted it.
Lastly with the on-going OPO situation, they recently announced a new software development team, stemming from Paranoid Android Devs. (Awesome for those guys btw). With that same breath though, OnePlus also mentioned it will be completely closed source. That is unfortunate for the consumers. Those direct lines for bug fixes, security concerns etc, just got another door or two added in the way.
4. That leads to "CM is no longer Opensource!" What? I sync my repo every couple days. Source is still there. I dont see it not being open sourced. Now are there a few apps that are closed source. Yes. And those apps are specifically released on devices that ship with CM. The "S" branding so to speak. (I.E. CM11S CM12S) Thats ok. There is nothing wrong with having a few apps that provide extra functionality that are closed source. Its part of the business.
This brings me around to a final point.
5. Cyanogen OS/Cyngn INC. is not the same as the CM community.
The CM community is as strong as ever, producing quality security enhancements, bug fixes and performance features to a huge number of devices.
You can still download, build and install the OS on your device if its supported. And if its not supported the CM community is there to help, wikis, IRC etc. I know, because I got CM12 up and running on the Note 4, with help from guys that had a Note 4, and help from guys who knew nothing about the Note 4.
I will close this up, with a "Great Job!" to the CM team. All the guys from a few years ago up to all the guys of today. I am happy to see the success you are basking in now, and I hope that your future can equally stay bright with innovation, and forward moving steps. Lets revolutionize the Mobile market! Could you imagine, a mobile industry similar to the PC industry, where you buy your hardware, and install what OS you want? Make it as secure as you want? This could lead to that path. I can't see anything but great steps forward in the mobile market for the consumers.
(BTW, I am not a writer by trade. I know there are grammar, spelling and wording mistakes throughout. If you want/need clarification ask! Maybe one day I can be awesome like +Russell Holly