What about App Store?Where will users get all the Apps they want/need?
I am all for a version of Android which is more Secure/More Open/Faster but one has to be realistic as well here.
Most Consumers are'nt attracted to Android/iOS because they are faster/Secure/open but because there are more Apps on them than on any other OS around today.
As long as you can/will find Apps for almost everything in the Google/Apple Play store these two OSes will continue to win and see enormous demand going forwards.
If Consumers don't demand them,you won't see OEMs building Phones based on this OS either.
However,if the latest trends coming out of India are a sign of things to come then there is hope for this OS.
India's Largest Smartphone Maker-Micromax ;just launched a new $160 Cyanogenmod OS Phone called as YuEureka and that phone is Soldout(with and orderlist going 6 months forwards).
The Other company which sells Cyanogenmod Phones in India-OnePlusOne(a Russian Firm which has also seen good success selling their phones here in America) is also reporting extremely encouraging sales trends.
Why Does India matter?
India is not just the Fastest Growing Smartphone Market in the world today but also the one market where consumers are looking to upsize /upgrade really fast today.
It has the potential to be the World's Largest market in the next 5-7 years or so(if the Price is right as Consumers there pay for their Smartphones largely in Cash).
All Cyanogen Mod has to do is tie up with another smaller Appstore with less intrusive demands(like Amazon or MSFT) and they should be good to go!!!
Another interesting article looking at this OS Today-blog.kaspersky.com/mobile-third-os-and-superfish