At Mobile World Congress, Cyanogen today announced the launch of MOD, an integrated mobile platform for OEMs and MNOs that will allow them to integrate 3rd party apps natively into the mobile operating system. Once mods are created, users can install them on their device with ease. Instead of just being another 3rd party application, mods can take advantage of platform APIs to implement unique experiences directly within Cyanogen OS.
For example, through Cyanogen’s partnership with Microsoft, a user can install the Skype mod directly into their dialer to add VoIP calling functionality or they can install the Cortana personal assistant mod to power features like voice-activated selfies. There’s also a Microsoft Hyperlapse mod for smooth and stabilized first-person videos, a OneNote mod for seamless dialer, browser, email, and calendar note taking,
“Our partnership with Cyanogen is part of our ambition to provide great digital experiences to customers across all of their devices, in all aspects of their lives,” said Peggy Johnson, Executive Vice President of Business Development at Microsoft. “MOD reinvents productivity for Android users by giving them access to the power of Microsoft’s services in an engaging and modern way.”
Mods will begin rolling out next month on devices with Cyanogen OS 13.0 and higher.