Cyanogen's McMaster: CyanogenMod will rule the world -- muhahahaha

Who's luckier: CyanogenMod or Cortana?

In a recent interview that's likely to inflame the Android community, Cyanogen CEO Kirt McMaster allegedly stated that he wants to make CyanogenMod OS "totally free of Google." And that's just for starters.

The notoriously outspoken CEO also indicated that he's more than willing to integrate a wee bit o' Microsoft code into CyanogenMod to help speed his Google eradication project merrily along.

Nope, this won't prove a bit controversial, nosireeebob.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers cover their ears before the inevitable million head explosion.

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Dude. David Gilbert just met a surfer-hacker-comedian-monk:

Kirt McMaster likes to use the word dude a lot. He laughs at his own jokes, and isn't afraid to poke fun at himself.

You might not expect a guy like that to...disrupt the global Android-iOS duopoly in smartphones, but the co-founder and CEO of Cyanogen is quite determined in that pursuit. And his Silicon Valley startup has major backers.  MORE

Mark 'mad scientist' Hachman unveils his latest robot-robot hybrid:

In an interview...McMaster said that he planned to take Cortana -- available as an app on the Android platform -- and integrate it with the next version of the Cyanogen operating system.

McMaster sees Cortana as an app in search of a good home -- a home that Cyanogen could provide.  MORE

Mary Jo Foley downloads an unusual ROM image:

Cyanogen is working to build an Android distribution that isn't reliant on core Google services.

McMaster is also quoted as saying he believes the coming Cyanogen OS could be totally free of Google...but not for another two to three years.  MORE

JC Torres digs through layers of bloat to find an unrotten core:

Luckily for Cyanogen, Android's core is open source so it can whip up...OS level integration of Cortana into Cynogen OS. The somewhat outspoken [McMaster] didn't go into details on what exactly deeper integration would mean in comparison [to] the regular Cortana Android app.  MORE

Meanwhile Ben Schoon chills, just to see where all of this is headed:

Cortana originally debuted on Windows Phone, and has since [appeared on] Windows 10 and Android, however on Android it is nothing more than an app. It [makes sense] that Cortana would prove useful if it were [integrated into the OS], so personally I'm excited to see where this goes.  MORE

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