Foxconn pumps money into Cyanogen – is there a link to Nokia?

by: Gary SimsMay 12, 2015
New Cyanogen logo

In between messing up its partnership with OnePlus, or making statements about how it is “putting a bullet through Google’s head,” Cyanogen does find some time to look for more investors. Back in March the company, which is led by Steve Kondik and Kirt McMaster, announced its series C funding from investors like Twitter, Qualcomm and Rupert Murdoch. Today the company announced more investor money, this time from Foxconn.

The series C funding is Cyanogen’s third injection of cash from outside investors. The money is generally given on the basis that the company has started to prove itself and that its business plan is sound.

What isn’t so well appreciated is that Foxconn has its own smartphone brand.

The new “strategic investment” from Foxconn brings to a close Cyanogen’s series C funding. There is no current announcement about any possible series D funding. As it said when it announced the previous series C funding, the company will use the money to “accelerate talent hiring and the development of its open OS platform.”

If you haven’t heard of Foxconn, you will have surely heard of some of the products it manufactures: iPad, iPhone, Kindle, PlayStation, Xbox and so on! The keyword here is manufacture. Foxconn is a Taiwanese contract manufacturer that assembles products for the likes of Apple, Blackberry and Microsoft.

What isn’t so well appreciated is that Foxconn has its own smartphone brand. Next to all those iPhones that are rolling off the assembly lines, there are Android smartphones sold under Foxconn’s InFocus brand.


Could there be a possible link between any future phones that Foxconn makes and the use of Cyanogen? Also, Foxconn is in the rebadging game. It designs and builds devices for third party companies who then just stick their own badges on the units. A prime example of this is the Nokia N1. Although it carries the Nokia name it is actually all Foxconn’s work. If Nokia was ever to get back into the smartphone market it could very well use the same method. A Foxconn designed phone with a Nokia badge… and maybe running Cyanogen!

What do you think? Would you buy a Foxconn built Nokia smartphone running Cyanogen OS?


  • Charlie Hatton

    Hell no, I personally can’t stand Cyanogen.

    • DarrenSaw

      What you said

    • Peter

      Hell, yes! I personally can’t stand ANYTHING but Cyanogen.

      • Charlie Hatton

        Then have at it, lol. Hence the variety of different devices and Roms for them. Everyone has their own thing, and mines usually stock (not saying CyanogenMod isn’t close).

  • Lisandro O Oocks

    Foxconn is the real OEM

    • gg

      I have to admit: they may be the new Samsung.

  • jetscreamer01

    Sure, why not?

  • Angelo

    A Nokia with Cyanogen….. Seems pretty perfect to me!

  • Sahir Steen

    Love Nokia, hate Google, this will be the perfect deal.

    • Marty

      What’s so good about Nokia?

      • KapteinStein

        The Nokia 3210, 3310, n73, or the mighty n85 to name a few. Loved them all very much. Snake… Greatest phone company of all time. Their phones were indestructible and could be used as bottle openers. The more bottle scuffs you had the cooler you were… Those were the days before they got lost in Windows phone! A comeback with Android would be fantastic and competition drives innovation and puts pressure on prices

        • Marty

          I can’t say I’ve perceived Nokia phones that way. They’ve always been cheapo plastic free-on-contract candybar cell phones. Certainly they weren’t anything that could open a bottle.

          Nokia probably had a better product for Europe and other parts of the world than for the U.S.

      • Sahir Steen

        First of all being original. They don’t copy other OEM that much and they keep on bringing new things that for me are awesome and useful unlike others. If you look at their design you won’t find that in other phones. I’m a windowsphone user, even though the last flagship from Nokia was in February 2014, they keep updating their phones to keep it up to date and bring so many useful features that you won’t find anywhere else. And for that same reason I’m also a fan of Motorola.

  • Jack Grievous

    If it was windows…

    but android is so complicated, full of malware, fragmented, resource demanding and limited…

    Although I love Nokia, I wouldn’t take it.

  • flye

    crap, i was waiting for a nokia come back, now this shiat.

  • Dominic Climaco

    That would be perfect for me!

  • Ruby H.

    Too bad this wasn’t filmed on a Nokia device instead…It would have been perfect after their comment about putting a bullet through Google’s head!