Update, 26 December: The new name of the successor of CyanogenMod has been revealed. It will be called LineageOS.
Update, 25 December: As stated in a recent announcement, CyanogenMod will still exist but under a different name.
After a few hard months and layoffs in the company, Cyanogen Inc. has announced that it is shutting down all of its services and Cyanogen OS by the 31 of December, 2016. In a short blog post published yesterday, the company stated that:
As part of the ongoing consolidation of Cyanogen, all services and Cyanogen-supported nightly builds will be discontinued no later than 12/31/16. The open source project and source code will remain available for anyone who wants to build CyanogenMod personally.
The Cyanogen OS was found on a handfull of devices such as the OnePlus 1. The company behind the system partnered with a few manufacturers but none of those relationships ever went out well; it only took a year for OnePlus to break with Cyanogen with the release of their new phone – the OnePlus 2. In fact, most OEMs weren’t even interested in shipping their devices with Cyanogen OS and they preferred to stick with the Google ecosystem.
Thankfully to many users, the community-built CyanogenMod operating system will remain available making it probably the best alternative for the few Cyanogen OS users today and still one of the most recognized custom Android-based ROM.
What the company is now left with is a modular OS where parts of the source code are available to OEMs and can be implemented into the Android OS without the need to use the whole Cyanogen OS. The company will now be moving to a project like this, giving itself another chance to gain popularity.