Cyanogen rebrands, teams up with Qualcomm for low/mid-tier phones

Cyanogen has launched a complete company rebranding to give the once-lowly band of modders more of a corporate vibe.

The new branding looks slick and professional, and sees the company binning its previously Android-laden logos.

Cyanogen is, of course, the contingent of hackers behind arguably the most popular third-party Android ROM available.

It also, until recently, was very cosied-up with OnePlus, so much so that all OnePlus One handsets shipped with CyanogenMod as standard.

As Cyanogen has grown in popularity, however, the group has taken on a much more businesslike approach to software output, now finalised with this rebranding.

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What’s more, the company has just announced a fresh partnership with US chip manufacturer Qualcomm. Cyanogen is on board to develop software for Qualcomm’s 2015 Reference Design products.

Qualcomm’s reference design devices basically make it easier for OEMs to ship smartphones quicker, because they already have Snapdragon-based handsets to build on for their own models.

The Cyanogen deal in particular will see the company produce software for devices running on Snapdragon 200, 400, and 600 chipsets.

The omission of the 800-series signals that Cyanogen will be providing for low-to-mid range handsets rather than flagship devices.

What this means is that we’ll be seeing more devices running CyanogenMod in 2015 and 2016 than ever before.

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