Kirt McMaster, Cyanogen's CEO at an event "Next Phase of Android" of The Information (Paywall) held last week in San Francisco revealed some interesting bits, including that his company is working on including a new Android version that is more open.
To start off the event, McMaster introduced himself as, "I'm the CEO of Cyanogen. We're attempting to take Android away from Google." When asked about vision of his company, he explained that Cyanogen wants an Android version that is "open down to its core."
He explained (via Android Authority), "We're making a version of Android that is more open so we can integrate with more partners so their servicers can be tier one services, so startups working on [artificial intelligence] or other problems don't get stuck having you have to launch a stupid little application that inevitably gets acquired by Google or Apple. These companies can thrive on non-Google Android."
McMaster also revealed plans to have a Cyanogen app store in 18 months. McMaster pointed out that Google Now is a service that is plugged into core of the system, something a third-party app is not allowed. He named Yahoo's Aviate launcher that can gain similar sort of access to the Android OS, adding that only if it was a partner with Cyanogen.
Adding more about dependence on Google, McMaster revealed that the CyanogenMod will not be based on some derivative of Google in 3 to 5 years. "We've barely scratched the surface in regards to what mobile can be. Today, Cyanogen has some dependence on Google. Tomorrow, it will not. We will not be based on some derivative of Google in three to five years. There will be services that are doing the same old bulls- with Android, and then there will be something different. That is where we're going here," he added. Cyanogen is a "white horse that opens the entire platform up", added McMaster, saying "Google is running the table, and nobody likes that."