Cyanogen, an aftermarket firmware for Android phones, has raised another $23 million to become the next big version of Android, says The Verge. The series B round, follows a $7 million investment that the company closed in April.
CyanogenMod the open source firmware for smartphones and tablet, offers features not found in official firmware, such as support for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and USB tethering, CPU overclocking and other enhancements.
The first nightly release of CyanogenMod 11.0, based on Android 4.4 KitKat, became available for Nexus devices on 5 December 2013.
Installing Cyanogen is not a walk in the park. One guide for installing CyanogenMod on your Android smartphone lists 23 steps, notes The Verge. 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.
But Cyanogen, and its investors, are apparently optimistic. Emerging markets have begun to embrace it while talks with Google are reportedly progressing.