Fork in the road: Cyanogen raises $7 million to build a better version of Android

by Casey Newton


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I wrote about Cyanogen's quixotic bid to become the most popular version of Android:  

Cyanogen has a long way to go before installing aftermarket firmware is as fun and easy as downloading Angry Birds. Despite the occasional flurry of interest in new operating systems from Windows Phone, or Firefox, or Ubuntu, there are many indications that mobile is a two-horse race. But Cyanogen believes the existing players have been co-opted by carriers and device makers, leaving room for a player willing to push them aside. Kondik should know: he’s attracted millions of users just by building the version of Android he himself wanted to use. "There’s a lot you can do," he says, "whenever you listen to your users on what they want."