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Cyanogen Shutting Down All Services; No More Android ROM Updates

Cyanogen Shutting Down All Services; No More Android ROM Updates

December 26, 2016Swati Khandelwal
A bittersweet Christmas and New Year for users and fans of the most popular custom Android ROM, Cyanogen OS. Cyanogen that tried and failed to kill Google's Android operating system is now shutting down the custom services that it provides to phones that run its Cyanogen OS as we know it and the "nightly builds" of said OS on December 31st. Cyanogen came with an ambition to build better versions of the Android operating system than those created by Google itself, but following some technical and potential legal issues, the startup has decided to quit. The planned shutdown of Cyanogen was officially announced late Friday through a very brief blog post made by the company, saying "as part of the ongoing consolidation of Cyanogen," it's shutting down all services and nightly builds on December 31. "The open source project and source code will remain available for anyone who wants to build CyanogenMod personally," the blog reads. What
Xiaomi Mi 4 Smartphone Pre-loaded with Malware and Custom Android ROM

Xiaomi Mi 4 Smartphone Pre-loaded with Malware and Custom Android ROM

March 07, 2015Wang Wei
Once again the very popular and the world's third largest smartphone distributor Xiaomi , which had previously been criticized for secretly stealing users' information from the device without the user's permissions, has been found spreading malware . The top selling Android smartphone in China, Xiaomi Mi4 LTE , has been found to be shipped with pre-loaded spyware/adware and a "forked," or not certified, vulnerable version of Android operating system on top of that, according to a San Francisco-based mobile-security company, Bluebox. Xiaomi, which is also known as Apple of China, provides an affordable and in-budget smartphones with almost all features that an excellent smartphone provides. Just like other Xiaomi devices, Mi4 LTE smartphone seems to attract a large number of customers with more than 25,000 units sold out in just 15 seconds on India's online retailer Flipkart . Security Researcher Andrew Blaich of Bluebox firm revealed Thursday that the brand new
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