Some apps come with an extra layer of security whereby you have to enter a password or passcode to use it, even if the phone is already unlocked. For example banking apps do require such security measures as it contains sensitive financial information. But what if you wanted to protect apps that might not come with that feature built-in?
A report from The Information (subscription required) claims that Google tried to buy Cyanogen, Inc, the maker of the custom Android ROM CyanogenMod. According to the report, Cyanogen's chief executive told shareholders that Sundar Pichai, the head of Chrome and Android at Google, met with the company and "expressed interest in acquiring the firm." The report says Cyanogen Inc. declined the offer, saying that it was still growing.
When it comes to rooting and flashing custom ROMs on your Android device, it sometimes helps if you have a Windows-powered computer.
Thanks to the tireless efforts of the CyanogenMod team, their Installer application is now available for Macs. If you are unfamiliar, the CM Installer allows users to painlessly flash the CyanogenMod ROM onto their Android device, simply by pressing a couple of buttons.
Today, we were contacted by the Google Play Support team to say that our CyanogenMod Installer application is in violation of Google Play’s developer terms.
They advised us to voluntarily remove the application, or they would be forced to remove it administratively. We have complied with their wishes while we wait for a more favorable resolution.
CyanogenMod has come to define the custom ROM community as the most recognizable name, but the aftermarket Android project is heading towards becoming much more following the creation of Cyanogen Inc. Formed in April, Cyanogen Inc. is a small but growing company that does not have a publicly shared business model other than release new products that simplify and enhance using smartphones. What makes it noteworthy is that 17-member company is designed to grow the use of one of the most widely-installed takes on Android from a previous non-commercial venture.