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Cyanogen Inc rebrands itself again as 'Cyngn,' an autonomous tech company


All the way back in 2013 (has it really been that long?), Steve Kondik and many other CyanogenMod contributors founded Cyanogen Inc. The company had two goals, to maintain the existing community-created CyanogenMod ROM, and to develop 'Cyanogen OS' for other manufacturer's devices. That business model could certainly have worked, but it didn't take long for the company to make costly mistakes.
The first mistake was when Cyanogen ended its partnership with OnePlus, the only manufacturer it was working with at the time. The company's CEO, Kirt McMaster, continued to soil the company's reputation and success. He famously said that Cyanogen "is putting a bullet through Google's head" by working with BLU to make an Android phone without Google services (which never materialized). Meanwhile, the company continued to develop Cyanogen OS for various OEMs, but they were mostly limited to India.
In July of 2016, Cyanogen Inc was rumored to be undergoing major layoffs while shifting its focus to app development. That was later denied, but the company finally unraveled a few months later. Kirt McMaster resigned as CEO in October, its Seattle offices closed in November, and builds of CyanogenOS ceased in December. Cyanogen Inc essentially closed up shop, at least in the public eye.
The company quietly re-emerged as 'Andrasta', which was accidentally confirmed by a tweet from McMaster in February. At some point between then and last month, the company became 'Cyngn,' which claims to be working on autonomous machines. The new CEO is Lior Tal, who was COO at Cyanogen Inc until McMaster left.
Recode reports that Cyngn received a permit to test autonomous vehicles in California last month, and that the company is working towards automating loaders, excavators, and other construction vehicles. In case you were wondering, Android doesn't seem to be part of the equation; job listings reveal that the company will use ROS instead. A document obtained by Recode also says that Cyngn is looking to raise another $200 million in a Series D round, and the company is even open to being purchased.
So there you have it - the company founded to develop an Android ROM for phone manufacturers is now trying to create automated construction machines. At least as far as involvement in the Android community goes, the story of Cyanogen/Andastra/Cyngn is now over.
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CyanogenMod Theme Engine is gone for good, LineageOS removes supporting code



During CyanogenMod's heyday, one of the ROM's biggest features was the Theme Engine. You could download any number of themes from the Play Store to change up the entire system's look. However, the feature didn't make an appearance in CyanogenMod 14 (based on Android 7.0 Nougat), and there hasn't been much talk of working on it since the project reorganized into LineageOS.
Now it seems like the Theme Engine is gone for good. A recent commit on the LineageOS 15 (based on Android 8.0) branch reveals that the remaining code for system themes is being completely removed. The comments make it obvious that the engine isn't coming back, as one developer says, "This is just removing the obvious stuff. I'm sure there are more dangling bits and pieces but I'm not sure how easy they'll be to find."
It makes sense that Lineage would drop the Theme Engine. Not only did it require tweaking with every Android release to ensure compatibility, but Android 8.0 Oreo includes its own alternative called Overlay Manager Service. Substratum uses this to achieve root-less themeing on stock Android 8.0 Oreo, and presumably it will work fine on LineageOS 15.
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LineageOS releases changelog for the past few weeks, including KRACK fixes and several status bar/quick settings additions


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From time to time, the team at LineageOS will post changelogs of changes/fixes that have been implemented since the last changelog was published. It's been quite a while since the last one on September 23rd, and this new one contains some noteworthy information. Following every change Lineage makes isn't the easiest thing in the world, and this helps consolidate everything.

Without further ado, here's everything mentioned:
Major changes since September 23rd

  • Recorder app has gotten a major redesign, it’s now better thanks to the feedback provided in the Summer Survey.
    • If you are interested in reading more about the design changes, our very own jrizzoli wrote a Medium post on the thought process
  • A LiveDisplay tile has been added
  • KRACK Wi-Fi vulnerability has been fixed in both LineageOS 14.1 and 13.0
  • October security patches have been merged for both LineageOS 14.1 and 13.0
  • November security patches have been merged for LineageOS 14.1 and 13.0
  • Bypassing the lockscreen by switching to a lockscreen-less profile from quick settings has been blocked (BUGBASH-1095)
  • The updater, among other minor improvements, now supports device unifications: when a device gets build merged with another one, the user will directly receive updates without requiring the user to manually flash the new build.
  • Added support for extended length NFC (needs to be enabled per-device, if supported)
  • Two new touchscreen gesture options have been added for lowering and raising the media volume
  • Battery icon has been improved; the percentage will be shown in battery saver mode when the “show percentage” option is set. The exclamation mark in the battery has also been given more contrast so it’s easier on the eyes
  • The Calendar app now shows week start and end in the title when in week view, instead of showing the month and year
  • Gallery has received some stability improvements
  • Making emergency calls without a sim card is now possible, in regions that allow it
  • Issues with the “Install” button being greyed out when installing APKs should now be fixed (REGRESSION-1262)
Oreo Update

Up to now, news on Oreo-based LineageOS 15.0 has been almost non-existent, but we’re in a position now where we can document some of our progress here.
As many of you have seen (and we’re sure some of you are running them right now), a number of unofficial LineageOS 15.0 builds exist, some of which are built by our very own maintainers. These are in no way representative of a final product, but definitely let you all experience some of the features Android 8.0 has to offer.
Once that the basic framework has been put in place and devices are successfully booting LineageOS 15.0, some features are being brought forward, most of which are dependent on what was previously known as the CMSDK. A large focus while doing this has been to evaluate the need to carry-forward or otherwise clean up the leftovers from our inception last year.
However now that Android 8.1 has been released, we’re anticipating moving straight to the 15.1 branch where we’ll merge all our work done for 15.0 and finish the porting effort.
Like always, we won’t be giving any indication as to when we might be close to a releasable product, but keep waiting patiently, and as we reach big milestones, we’ll be giving you some more status updates.
Infrastructure

Our status page has been updated and now it automatically detects whether a service is down without requiring any manual input as it did previously.
We have added a new language Kabyle to our translation system . Feel free to subscribe to this or other languages to improve or complete the translation progress!
Build roster

We have enforced stricter quality terms for our builds: maintainers now have limited time frames to fix important issues that have been assigned to them on Jira before their device gets pulled down from the build roster. Those devices will be added back once the issues listed in the removal commit have been addressed.
Added 14.1 devices
Changes to 14.1 devices
Removed 14.1 devices
Removed 13.0 devices


There are quite a few changes here, including obvious ones like updated security patches and KRACK fixes, but there are also some smaller, more minute ones. For instance, did you know that you can now make an emergency call without a SIM inserted, provided you live in a region that allows it? Have a read through the full list, which also includes newly-supported and removed devices.
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CyanogenMod was the most popular custom ROM for years, with many other major ROMs being based on CM. However, the project came to an abrupt end last year, when Cyanogen Inc shut down (it reorganized into an autonomous tech company earlier this year). Most of the CyanogenMod community, which never received much support from Cyanogen Inc in the first place, reorganized under the 'Lineage' name.
Yesterday (December 24) marks exactly one year since the formation of Lineage. The project published a blog post announcing its birthday, with some interesting statistics thrown in. Lineage now supports over 180 devices, with 1.7 million unique device check-ins over the past 90 days. Over 700 people have contributed to the project, with 65% of those being translators.
The top five devices are the OnePlus One, Samsung Galaxy S3, Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, Motorola Moto G4/G4 Plus (they use the same builds), and the Samsung Galaxy S5. The top five countries using LineageOS are India, China, Brazil, Russia, and Germany.
I have to congratulate the Lineage project for not only continuing the efforts of CyanogenMod, but also continuing to add support for more and more devices. Here's hoping the next year is even better.
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