Cyanogen Inc, the parent company of the Android-famous CyanogenMod has raised an additional $22 million dollars in Series B funding. The money comes on top of the $7 million the company raised earlier this year as it announced three months ago it had incorporated.
While the company’s first app may have some issues finding itself back into the Play Store after being pulled by Google, the company is well on its way to its first phone launch. The partnership with Chinese manufacturer Oppo is the first of its kind in the Android community and with the additional money Cyanogen Inc plans on expanding with a new Chinese office. The company hopes to add an additional 50 employees doubling its current staff size. Cyanogen also has plans to launch its own mass consumer brand and service late in 2014 or early 2015 with plans to capture the mass audience that goes beyond their existing core customer base.
As for the app that was pulled from Google in November, the company’s CEO Kirt McMaster says they have a great relationship with el Goog and is working on putting the app back into the store. Until that time, you can grab the installer app directly from the CyanogenMod and sideload it onto your Android device.
Finally, McMaster teased more hardware news soon but was shy on details. Cyanogen’s move into hardware partnerships creates a whole new space for the Android development community to go and with some serious money behind them, a lot of attention is now on the once tiny team of developers.