Birth pains: Focal camera app removed from CyanogenMod following internal disagreements

by: Bogdan PetrovanSeptember 20, 2013

cyanogenmod focal camera app

Following the launch of Cyanogen Inc, a startup whose stated goal is to turn CyanogenMod into commercial software, dissensions appeared within the CM community. Unfortunately for users of the popular custom ROM, the point of contention was the promising Focal camera.

Focal was launched with much fanfare this summer as the first stage of Project Nemesis, an effort from the CyanogenMod team to improve the user experience of the custom ROM. Designed as a replacement for the stock Android camera app, deemed unsatisfactory, Focal features an interesting user interface and a rich feature set, including a Photo Sphere-like function for 360 degree panoramas.

Over the past months, tensions apparently occurred between the developer of Focal, Guillaume Lesniak, and Steve Kondik, the founder and lead developer of CyanogenMod. The reasons pertain to disagreements concerning the licensing of the application, as well as the direction where Cyanogen Inc is taking the project.

As of today, Focal is no longer a part of CM. Steve Kondik removed the code from the project and commented:

[quote qtext=”I spoke with Xplod at length about this. I think Focal is a great piece of work with huge potential, but there’s now this perception that CM is trying to steal his hard work and run with it. I would rather see him continue this as a standalone project (which will no doubt be successful) rather than continue to generate drama in the community.” qperson=”” qsource=”” qposition=”center”]

Lesniak talked about the reasons that pushed him to leave CyanogenMod in this post on Google Plus. The developer says that he will continue working on Focal and that he wants to eventually launch it on Google Play.

  • Amadeus Klein

    Personally I think this was a good move given the debate about it, focal is a good idea and if implemented right could be a good app for the play store… I’d pay for a better working version, but it has never worked quite right on my s4…

    • sourabh

      i agree ,if he develops an app that works across all/most of the devices,i dont see a reason why people wont pay for it.
      The UI can be improved a bit.

  • fluffy

    One of these Cyanogen version of Android will come with a decent camera app and bluetooth that works properly..One day……………………….

  • fluffy

    days .. grrr

  • venorme

    this will explain what is going on with CM

  • Finkbat

    i agree the android stock camera is absolute crap i wish that you could install the manufacturers own camera back after installing cyanogen especially on Samsung devices as their camera is gr8