Cyanogen, a company known for its Android-based Cyanogen OS, has announced a developer platform for apps and content to be built on at Mobile World Congress 2016. Titled MOD, the platform will provide the app developers the ability to integrate their apps more directly into the operating system.
The plan is to allow developers to take their apps onto the next level by accessing many of the native APIs, which were previously available only to the OS developers themselves.
With the potential security impact of this in mind, Cyanogen is only working with a few developers on this for now. However, in the long run, the company is looking at to open this platform up to all developers.
What can developers do with this MOD? For example, it will allow them to integrate VoIP apps directly into the android dialer app. the team worked with Skype on this and using the integration, Cyanogen OS users will be able to choose from making calls over the phone network or over Skype right from the dialer. So, you could just have a single app rather than having a number of dialer apps.
Cyanogen also built a mod for Cortana as well, given its close relationship with Microsoft. The team implemented Cortana’s voice recognition service into the camera app using the new platform. That means you can now easily take a selfie using your voice. Also, Microsoft’s Hyperlapse was integrated directly into the camera app for smoother video recording.
There are so many mods that will be published by Microsoft including OneNote mod for seamlessly integrated note taking. As Cyanogen OS is still a niche product, let’s see how many developers will be interested to invest in coding for these new kinds of lightweight apps.