Indeed, CyanogenMod users can currently use Google services, Google apps, and the Google’s Play Store. If anything with new Cyanogen board member Tom Moss, Google's ex-head of Business Development, Cyanogen may be able to integrate CyanogenMod more closely with Google's services.
What CyanogenMod brings to the table isn't a better Android fork. Instead, it brings up-to-date versions of Android to users who resent behind left with older versions by their carriers and device original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).
So, far from further fragmenting Android, an easy-to-install CyanogenMod will actually help to eliminate fragmentation.
Cyanogen's reason for being has always been to bring the latest version of Android to inadequately supported equipment. Now, by having the resources to support more of these older devices from OEMs such as Samsung, Motorola, LG, etc., Cyanogen, it will actually help users move to more broadly supported Android versions. This, in turn, will mean developers can spend more time on the newer Android operating systems and less on older models.
So, the real problem that Cyanogen faces isn't fragmenting Android. Far from it!
The only real problem Cyanogen faces is keeping its existing user base. There are a few, but very noisy CyanogenMod fans who are throwing fits because the core Cyanogen developers are daring to try to try to make a living from the operating system.
Money, for the short run, isn't a major concern for Cyanogen. "Monetization isn't an immediate concern and our investors and Benchmark and Redpoint feel the same," said Dutta. "CyanogenMod has the potential to become an enormous platform play, and to do that, we need to foster and grow the ecosystem. Right now, we just want to build something compelling and grow the user base. Eventually, there are innumerable paths to monetization once we reach economics of scale: licensing our software/services to OEMs, building hardware, creating secure enterprise solutions, etc."
I think he may be right by making your Android upgrades as easy as installing a Google Play app. I can see CyanogenMod vastly increasing its 7.8-million users to tens, or even hundreds, of million users. I can also easily see an OEM deciding to turn to Cyanogen for their Android rather than rolling their own.
In short, I see CyanogenMod actually helping to unify Android and potentially becoming a major Android player in its own right.