Speaking at the Seattle Code Rush developer event, Cyanogen employee Adnan Begovic has announced that, with over 50 million users, Cyanogen has more users than Windows Mobile and Blackberry combined. Cyanogen is just a modified version of Android and is now available as the native OS on a few phones.
As per IDC research firm, Windows Phone’s market share is at 2.7% (worldwide) as of Q1 2015. On the other hand, BlackBerry’s numbers continue to decline and are down to 0.3%.
IDC’s statistics and Cyanogen’s latest numbers also suggest that the ROM maker alone probably holds about 3% (or a bit more) of the world’s total smartphone market share. Their deal with OnePlus One has ended because of a complaint filed by Micromax, which stated that OnePlus had infringed its exclusive tie-up with Cyanogen Inc. for the use of its software and trademark in the country, for its Yu series. And, OnePlus has developed its own proprietary OS called OxygenOS for its phones.
In March, US-based Cyanogen had closed a $80 million round of Series C financing by Premji Invest and includes participation from new strategic investors Twitter Ventures, Qualcomm Incorporated, Telefónica Ventures, Smartfren Telecom, Index Ventures, Access Industries, Rupert Murdoch, Vivi Nevo, and several others undisclosed investors.
At the time, Kirt McMaster, CEO of Cyanogen Inc had said, “We’re committed to creating an open computing platform that fundamentally empowers the entire mobile ecosystem from developers to hardware makers, and most importantly, consumers around the world.”