Cyanogen says it will use some of its freshly raised $80 million to set up an office in India within the next three months, with a roadmap to build a more localized flavour of the OS, hire talent and acquire startups.
The company’s move is directed towards capturing a larger share of the fast-growing Indian smartphone market, offering local manufacturers an alternative to Google’s Android OS.
The Indian team Cyanogen plans to build will have a strength of around 50 members within a year, which will represent a third of the company’s current employee base.
The Palo Alto-based company recently raised $80 million in funding led by Premji Invest, which it says was a deliberate move due to the importance of the Indian smartphone market.
Cyanogen’s India team will either be based in Bangalore or Delhi and will work on products and features that will bring a local flavour to the OS, apart from doing testing and quality assurance.