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At least six vendors to release Cyanogen powered phones in India next year
Cyanogen Inc is still dreaming of big things for its unique take on the Android operating system and is planning an aggressive expansion strategy in India next year, which is one of if not the world’s fastest growing mobile market.
In order to help grab itself a notable foothold in the Indian market, the company is teaming up a number of mobile manufacturers that are planning to launch phones in the country. Building on its early partnership with Micromax’s Yu brand, Cyanogen OS will be powering smartphones from at least six domestic and international handset suppliers next year. Although no names have been mentioned just yet.
“One of the reasons we partnered with Micromax because they understand the market and consumers in India… It’s really important for Cyanogen to go beyond the enthusiasts’ community. We want to take the value of this community to mass market,” – Kirt McMaster, Cyanogen
Furthermore, Cyanogen’s Bengaluru team in the country is expanding. There are currently 11 employees on site, but this will grow to 60 people by the end of 2016. Much of the company’s $80 million investor financing is being spent on expanding into the Indian market and the company is also apparently mulling over potential acquisitions of a number of other businesses in the country.
Looking further ahead, the company also seems to have plans for some bigger products over the next 12 to 18 months. The company is looking into new platforms such as machine intelligence and plans to make an announcement about one of its ventures at the 2016 Mobile World Congress. There are certainly interesting times ahead for Cyanogen.