Google’s Android Adversary Cyanogen Joins Hands With Microsoft
Cyanogen devices will get Microsoft’s apps and services now after a “strategic partnership” was signed between both parties on Thursday.
The deal with Microsoft is greatly significant for the startup Cyanogen who is maturing as a strong opposition for Google’s Android. Cyanogen works similar to Android but is independent in its needs. That is it does not rely on Google services such as the Google Play store.
Cyanogen is especially popular in the markets where Google services are not delivered. The major example is China where Cyanogen has appeared as a good alternative for Google Play.
Partnership with Microsoft can be a real boost for Cyanogen’s efforts to outshine Google. The users of its devices probably won’t long for anything from Google Play store. They will enjoy instead Microsoft’s apps like Skype, Office, Bing, Outlook and others onto their devices.
“Given the complexity of handset manufacturers, distribution methods, and carriers, there is more than one way MSFT apps can show up,” a representative for the company wrote in an email to Mashable. “Cyanogen is predicated on user choice with an open operating system that is bringing best in class products and services to consumers. MSFT apps will be surfaced contextually and will always be downloadable.”
Cyanogen devices won’t come with pre-installed Microsoft apps. Means, the users will be able to choose and download apps according to their use. If they don’t like any app, they will be free to delete any of the apps.