Cyanogen CEO Kirk McMaster has been making a big deal recently about his company's plans to "take away Android from Google," as he put it at a recent meeting. He calls Google's control of Android a "tyranny" and most recently said Cyanogen plans on "putting a bullet through Google's head."
A recent Forbes profile of McMaster and Cyanogen suggests that a major part of that strategy involves an as-yet unannounced partnership with Microsoft. The idea would be to replace Google's Play Store and apps like Google search, Gmail and Google Maps on phones running the Cyanogen operating system with alternatives from Microsoft and a handful of other partners.
While that sort of Cyanogen-Microsoft alliance makes a lot of sense for both companies, any bullets it fires seems likely to be awfully slow moving.