A few months ago, following layoffs at the company, we heard that Cyanogen would be pivoting to apps, but CEO Kirk McMaster quickly shot those rumors down, at least for the time being. Today the company has just made a major new announcement, replacing its CEO and moving away from “full-stack” development…

What does that mean? The basic explanation is that Cyanogen is moving away from building the full CyanogenOS, and rather focusing on providing “dynamic modules and MODs” which OEMs can build into their own ROMs.

Cyanogen’s Modular OS program will allow value, independence and intelligence to flow freely between the layers of the ecosystem, providing more companies and developers with the freedom to borrow from, unite and utilize our technology in new and innovative ways.

The company isn’t very specific on what the modular pieces will be, but it will likely include many of the original features found within Cyanogen OS, as well as the company’s suite of applications known as “C-Apps.”

With the move away from developing Cyanogen OS, it remains unclear what lies ahead for CyanogenMod. While that is handled mostly by a community of developers, it’s not entirely out of the question that Cyanogen could eventually drop support for the custom ROM.

As for the new CEO, Kirk McMaster will become the new Executive Chairman with former COO Lior Tai taking over as CEO. Tai previously worked for five years at Facebook.

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