Report: Microsoft Seems to be Interested in Acquiring Cyanogen

By Tom Pritchard on at

If you're an Android user who doesn't fancy using Google's stock software anymore, there are a number of options available to you -- the most popular being CyanogenMod. In fact Cyanogen has become so popular that its founder has turned it into its own business, and that business has attracted the attention of companies like Microsoft.

According to The Information, Cyanogen has attracted the attention of a number of large tech companies--including Amazon, Yahoo, and Samsung--but are reporting that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has actually sat down for discussions with the company.

This shouldn't be taken to mean that Microsoft is interested in moving back to Android in some shape or form; any purchase of Cyanogen would probably be about acquiring its staff and putting them to work in another area of Microsoft. You know, the kind of thing that usually happens when larger companies acquire smaller start-ups.

It's not hard to see Microsoft's logic here, Windows Phone is still struggling in Western markets, and as small as Cyanogen is it could provide a bit of a boost to Windows Phone's popularity. [The Information via BGR]