Cyanogen, Inc. might be renamed to Andrasta
Android is no stranger to open-source development. In fact, it’s a hallmark of the operating system. Customized ROMs and other community-driven software have been around since the early days of Android, and one of the most popular was CyanogenMod. What started out as a development project among Android enthusiasts developed into the commercial endeavor Cyanogen Inc. The company’s intent was to partner with OEMs and ship devices pre-loaded with the CyanogenMod ROM.
Unfortunately, at the end of last year, the development team behind CyanogenMod had a falling out with management that resulted in devs leaving the company. Cyanogen halted all development of CyanogenMod at that time and ended the distribution of nightly builds on December 31. The dev team has since gone on to begin work on LineageOS, which looks like it may carry on the software legacy of CyanogenMod. Cyanogen Inc., on the other hand, has been fairly quiet since the split.
That silence has now broken. Android Police spotted a tweet (now deleted) from Cyanogen Inc. CEO Kirt McMaster. The tweet was a picture showing damage to the Cyanogen building. Interestingly, the logo on the door was not Cyanogen’s but that of a new company called Andrasta.
Rumors are now flying that Cyanogen will rebrand itself as Andrasta. This move may be to separate the company from the controversy surrounding the old name as it moved in a new direction. It’s been speculated that Cyanogen will move from developing Android ROMs and focusing on individual apps and software that can be licensed to a myriad of devices.
Andrasta has an official website and has posted job listings on LinkedIn, so rumors of the rebranding may be true. The move can’t be verified until an official announcement is made, but it looks like Cyanogen as we knew it may be dead, in only in name.