'Samsung couldn't build a good OS if they tried,' claims Cyanogen CEO

CEO and founder of Cyanogen, a company that specializes in modding Android, strikes out at one of the largest and most popular Android hardware makers.
Written by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, Senior Contributing Editor
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Samsung gets a shot across its bow from a much smaller player from the Android ecosystem.

Cyanogen is the company behind CyanogenMod, an open source modification of Android for smartphones and tablet computers, bring features not supported by the official release to the platform.

Speaking during a Q&A session at the launch of a new smartphone named Yureka which is aimed at the Indian market, McMaster said that "Samsung couldn't build a good OS if they tried." He went on to say that Cyanogen has been all about "super optimizing Android and taking it to a new level."

"We believe that... there's an opportunity to be the first or second dominant version of Android on the planet."

CyanogenMod is installed on over 12 million devices.

YU Digital's Yureka features a 5.5-inch 1280 x 720 resolution HD display, a 64-bit Snapdragon 615 system-on-a-chip processor, and 2GB of RAM. It also features a 13 megapixel camera, a 5 megapixel front camera, a 2,500 mAh battery, dual-sim capability, and 4G LTE capability.

Powering this device is Cyanogen OS 11, which is built on Android 4.4.4 KitKat.

"This is the best flavor of Android we've ever seen," said Rahul Sharma, co-founder of Yu Televentures.

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