Cyanogen’s new brand identity is centered on choice, security, and openness

April 4, 2014

cyanogenmod logo

Back in fall, when the developers of CyanogenMod teamed up to form Cyanogen Inc., we were told that a fresh visual identity is in the works, one that would reflect the values and aspirations of the ambitious new project.

Now the new identity is here, and at its center stand three core values: customization, security, and openness.

Naturally, customization means that users are given the power to make their smartphone or tablet truly theirs. “This is my phone. There are many like it, but this is one is mine,” reads Cyanogen’s introductory graphic, and that truly is a great way to summarize what’s special about CM in particular, and Android in general.

cyanogen brand identity

Security is a hot topic in the age of massive hackings and government snooping. Cyanogen has been baking several security and privacy features in its software, including the WhisperPush secure messaging system. Expect more in the future.

Open source, the third core value of Cyanogen Inc., is a commitment to maintaining the project’s roots in the open source community. When Steve Kondik and his team created Cyanogen Inc., there was some controversy on the project’s licensing model and future as a commercial endeavor. The dust has since settled, and the CM open source project is still thriving, powered by the work of Cyanogen’s growing team of full time developers.

The old mascot of the project, Cid will live on, said community manager Abhisek Devkota, as a symbol of the CM community: “Cid belongs to the community, he is yours, not the company’s.”

The next big  hurdle for Cyanogen is the release of the OnePlus One on April 23. The OnePlus One is the first device designed specifically for CyanogenMod, with CM contributing to the conception of all aspects of the phone, software and hardware.

Comments

  • Bob

    With its ‘openess’ it will be laggier than android itself. Haha an yeah, android and security dont belong in the same sentence ;)

    • Christian Koch

      I really don’t get why there are so many security issues, I mean if you use the phone responsibly, security is usually not a problem.
      Most problems happen when you install some random software that is not from the playstore, avoid that and 90% of the problem is dealt with. The remainder is probably from surfing on some shitty websites (and seriously, neither filesharing nor porn really make sense on a phone).

      • MasterMuffin

        How does porn not make any sense on a phone?…

        • Jayfeather787

          MasterMuffin…

          • MasterMuffin

            I’m interested in hearing why he thinks so, because I don’t think there’s anyone who agrees :)

          • Jayfeather787

            Oh ok. My friend has a ton of it on his phone and it’s still running pretty smooth. Samsung G S 3.

          • MasterMuffin

            “Friend” ;)

          • Jayfeather787

            Hahaha!
            No, seriously I never download anything. I am afraid of everything on the internet. I never take pictures. I do everything I can to make sure my devices are running as fast as they were on the first day I got them.

          • MasterMuffin

            Same here, completely clean SD card and apps at minimum

          • Christian Koch

            because it is a tiny screen? A “friend” of mine tried and while it works, it is nowhere near as good as having a proper large screen.

          • MasterMuffin

            It may not be as good, but does its job and is always there with you

            – friend

          • Craig Foster

            Why even put the SD card in the phone?

          • MasterMuffin

            Internal SD

          • Craig Foster

            Sounds OCD. I want my phone to be a tool. I use the crap out of it.

          • MasterMuffin

            That is exactly what it is. I have over a TB free in my computer because I don’t want to use it :)

          • Craig Foster

            Seriously, seek some therapy, I’ve seen people go nuts with OCD.

          • MasterMuffin

            But I like my OCD :|

          • Craig Foster

            Well as long as you like it. But when you start spending an hour each night checking locked door knobs and light switches and washing your hands to the point of them bleeding, it’s time to seek help.

          • MasterMuffin

            Luckily I don’t live alone and it’s really not that bad. Helps with school work

          • smokebomb

            OCD is fine. It’s the need for perfection you need to look out for. Overneatness leads to OCD, OCD leads to the need for perfection, the need for perfection leads to madness. My gf suffers from the need for perfection and it stresses her the hell out, every minute of every day.

      • bob

        yeah, and oems software support for older phones is not a problem also?

        • Christian Koch

          well, not for Cyanogenmod, and most Nexus Devices have a long support time (yeah yeah, except that one Samsung one…)

          • bob

            so i need to go to the usa to buy a nexus phone to get decent (normal) software support. and if a camera is important segment of the phone?

            then i need to get rid of android all together right?

            yet, people are talking about choice.

            i wanna a phone, 4 inch, great camera, software support, not plastic, great soc, thin, light…

            suddenly i have NO CHOICE anymore, i need to look outside of the android world

          • Nathan Borup

            If you’re that particular about your phone, you deserve an iPhone

          • bob

            exactly!

            the rest are just not good enough

          • Nathan Borup

            Wow you really are an iSheep. Get a life and stop trolling android articles

        • Nathan Borup

          If apple had a ton of different oem’s they would have the same problem. If you want to compare apples to apples (see what i did there?) then you need to compare apple to the nexus line only, and the nexus line get much better long term support than iOS at this point

          • bob

            the thing is, apple would NEVER make the same mistake again. giving their product to other oems… thats a cardinal mistake, to divide R&D etc. of a singe product between multiple companies. thats why samsung is building tizen. thats why google tried with motorola.

            a company without vertical integration cant make competitive and high quality products.

            and no, nexus doesnt get the same software support as iphone

            did nexus 2010 got 4.4? if it did, they are on par becuase iphone 4 got ios7

            also, where can i buy a nexus device? i havent seen one in my entire life, probably never will

          • Nathan Borup

            2010 nexus did get 4.4.2 actually. Also samsung isn’t building tizen any more. They have made a 10 year agreement with google. Also the reason why apple wouldn’t split is because apple is a HARDWARE and SOFTWARE company. Google is only SOFTWARE (doh!). If you look at the nexus line (which, even though it is made by oems, is considered google’s “hardware”) the software support is there. It is updated regularly and old models still get updates http://gigaom.com/2014/01/20/android-kitkat-on-nexus-one/

          • bob

            great. where can i buy it?

            also, i need a great camera. hows the camera on nexus?

            also, i would prefer if it werent plastic…

          • Nathan Borup

            Then buy a freakin htc one dev edition from the google play store. The dev editions get updates just like the nexus line. you’re grasping at straws dude. just give up

          • smokebomb

            Nexus 4. You can get them cheap on eBay. Made of glass on both sides. Good luck with the battery life though.

      • smokebomb

        I guarantee you there are at least 100 million people that have found phones to be useful for porn, and that’s just in the U.S.

    • MasterMuffin

      Prime example of a troll. Needs caps though.

      • bob

        did i say smth thats not true?

        because i can prove my points. can you?

        • MasterMuffin

          Look at the amount of likes in your comment. Then look at the number of likes in mine. Sad that Disqus doesn’t show number of dislikes anymore, but you have a lot, that I can promise. Point proven.

          Now I’ll ignore your future trolling, bye bye Bob

    • Jayfeather787

      Nice grammar, asshole. Know how to spell, and know what you are talking about before you smash a phone.
      A Samsung Galaxy Exhibit running kit kat flies compared to an iphone 4 on ios 7.
      Same specs, the exhibit slightly slower. However, this proves that Android is less laggy than ios.

      • bob

        you dont know what lag is

        google coreanimation vs android implementation

        and english is not my first language. i wonder how many languages you speak? asshole

        • Jayfeather787

          I speak 3 languages and I know that when I pick up an iphone 4, it runs like crap, and a Samsung Galaxy exhibit runs fine.

          • bob

            i also now that when you pick up s4 or note 3, it lags. i mean, it opens the phonebook app 2 seconds…

            but im not talking about speed. im talking about the appearance, quality and jerk-less animations.

            kinda like windows vs os x.

            google just doesnt care about visuals. its made for geeks

          • Jayfeather787

            sigh.
            You can’t convince an ignorant person.

          • bob

            ok, i googled it for you

            http://www.abstractpath.com/2012/why-do-android-animations-stutter-when-ios-animations-are-so-smooth/

            and youre calling me ignorant?

            get your facts straight.

          • Nathan Borup

            Love how you just trust any random blogpost about android’s lagginess vs iOS… You truly are ignorant. This site is obviously biased toward apple because it is a dev for iOS, and all they post about android are issues they have with the devices and software… get your sources straight and then you can get your facts straight

          • bob

            ok, i offered my explanation. i can post multiple sources, including my knowledge of the matter but why would you trust someone on the internet. youre better of not knowing something right? let me guess, you dont care about wikipedia also?

            now you offer yours to the following question…

            why does android lag?

            why do android animations stutter?

            why are android animations ugly and/or nonexistent?

            lets hear it.

          • Nathan Borup

            Thats the thing. Android doesn’t lag, the animations don’t stutter, and they aren’t ugly either… I suggest using a RECENT android phone before you knock it. Never had any dislike with my moto x, no lagginess, no stuttering, so I don’t really know what you are referring to

          • bob

            im referring to ALL galaxy devices, couple of htcs, and xperia z1. others are not available to buy, at least here where i live.

            those phones do lag and stutter. if you think they dont, we’re not talking about the same thing.

            why do they stutter? because of androids implementation of visuals. they are run on the main thread, so they stutter ocasionally. in ios, the animations are rendered on a separate high priority thread, so the phone will first render the animation perfectly then do everything else. thats why ios7.1 on iphone 4 runs smoother (less stuttery) than galaxy s3 or s4

            why does android lag? because of dalvik… and it wont be resolved with art. it will be resolved when apps for android are written in native code, not in VM

            are they ugly? yes, they are mostly primitive, windows 7 like animations. they just arent imagined properly. the person who coded the animations just didnt care…

            android is basically java-like replacement for symbian. it looks like that, it feels like that. like java. it just doesnt have a certain solidity. classic java

          • Nathan Borup

            I still don’t know what you’re talking about. The s3 and s4 don’t lag. Yeah some older phones that got stuck on a previous version of android lag, but that is the oem’s fault, not android’s. Just admit it, you are an apple fanboy and hate any other company because Steve Jobs was the best person ever. Well wake up bob, Steve Jobs is dead!

          • bob

            exactly. you have absolutely no idea what im talking about. thats part of the reason you bought android phone in the first place. you just dont see the difference. you’re lucky not being picky like me

          • Nathan Borup

            Wow you really are an iSheep. You have no life, so you troll android articles all day long

          • bob

            through my iphone

          • Nathan Borup

            I hope android authority has malware just for iPhones embedded into their website

          • Jayfeather787

            Ok, ok, sorry about the ignorant part.

            However, those are animations. Simple animations when opening an app. That’s the equivalent of compiz compositioning manager in Zorin compared to the default compositioning manager in Linux Mint Cinnamon. The Compiz is significantly smoother, and Linux Mint’s is slower, but inside the app, where most of the use takes place, it just the same

            Two things about the article that you posted:

            1) Its published in mid 2012. Thats 20 billion years in technology world. That was before the introduction of kit kat, the latest version of android.

            2) When they said in the second last paragraph “A 5 year old 1st generation iPhone will perform smoother and more reliable animations than the latest quad core Samsung Android phone,” I knew that this article just had to be a little biased. That’s just a plain lie. I know that they might have been a little exaggerating it, but I feel the article lost its validity at that point.

    • Nathan Borup

      What a troll. Its actually been proven with top security officials that android’s ecosystem is much more secure than iOS

      • bob

        has it? link please

        meanwhile, ill dig up the statistic how more than 90% of malware on mobile is on android.

        now please tell me windows is more secure than os x…

        but in the end, it doesnt matter, because if i buy an android phone, it will loose software support after 6 months and be compromised, right?

        • Nathan Borup

          This article is a little outdated, but it gets the point across. http://www.usatoday.com/story/cybertruth/2013/10/08/eric-schmidt-declares-android-more-secure-than-ios/2947775/
          When you buy android, you have to make a good decision as to manufacturer to go with. If you go with some chinese brand, yeah you’ll be SOL, but if you go with Google’s brand (Nexus) you get updates. Also windows is more secure than OSx. Windows holds the majority marketshare meaning it is attacked MORE, therefore updated MORE. iOS has holes that never get updated because there are less Macs out there to hack-meaning less money in hacking macs. Ask any security professional that has worked with linux, windows and osx

          • bob

            i cant go with google, its not sold in most of the world. nexus really isnt an option for a huge part of the world.

            im not talking about which platform has better security measures, im talking about overall security – the chance you have to actually infect your device. the platform that have no malware are most secure.

            but in the end, there must be smth else. why no one makes malware for ios? it commands majority in premium segment, 18% of the world-wide market and maybe most important – its apple. yet, no viruses, malware on ios or on os x. why?

            and really? eric shmidt? maybe i should quote tim cook

          • Nathan Borup

            There are plenty of viruses for apple out there. Maybe 10% of the company that I work for uses apple, and we have more problems with malware on our apple products than on windows or android phones

          • Nathan Borup

            Move to a country that has the best services in the world available then. Its not my fault that you are in a 3rd world country and are limited to an iPhone. In that sense you haven’t ever really tried android because it is not available. seriously dude… you’re missing out

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    Go custom ROMs!

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