CyanogenMod, which is leveraging Android to create a new smartphone platform in what is now a two horse race, just picked up $23 million in new funding led by Andreessen Horowitz. The round comes just months after picking up $7 million in a round led by Benchmark Capital.
The company is behind one of the most popular Android ROMs in the world — Cyanogen Mod. They’re turning what has long been a hobby project into a real business pioneering a direct-to-consumer route for delivering a mobile OS.
Consumers frustrated with the standard flavor of Android can flash their devices and replace their software experience with Cyanogen Mod, which boasts additional security and personalization features along with better speed. They have roughly 10 million users who have installed Cyanogen Mod without any expensive marketing efforts.
They built an installer that makes it dead-simple to flash your devices, but Google pulled it…
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