December 19, 2013 Hot mod: Cyanogen raises another $23 million to become the next big version of Android → by Casey Newton I wrote about Cyanogen's improbable $23 million fundraising round, which the company hopes to use to become a viable alternative version of Android: There’s some data to back up the big talk: CyanogenMod now has 11 million active users, up from 8 million in September, and that counts only those who have elected to share data with the company. The true number of CyanogenMod users is already in the tens of millions, says Andreessen partner Peter Levine — and that’s despite some significant distribution challenges. One guide for installing CyanogenMod on your Android smartphone lists 23 steps; the company released a one-click installer this fall, but was forced to remove the companion app from the Google Play store after Google said it violated the store’s terms of service. Licensing issues also mean that a freshly installed Cyanogen ROM doesn’t come with Google apps or the Play Store — users typically have to search online forums for links to those apps and install them via PC. These are all significant hurdles to mainstream adoption.