Cyanogen Inc., a Seattle company that has created its own operating system for smartphones, has attracted an undisclosed amount of investment from Qualcomm Inc.
The San Diego corporation was among several investors contributing to Cyanogen’s $80 million series C round.
Premji Invest led the round, announced on March 23. Also participating were Twitter Ventures, Telefónica Ventures, Smartfren Telecom, Index Ventures, Access Industries, Rupert Murdoch, Vivi Nevo and other undisclosed partners. They joined previous investors Benchmark, Andreessen Horowitz, Redpoint Ventures and Tencent Holdings Ltd. in funding the new round.
Cyanogen is “well positioned to become the third leading mobile OS,” said Sandesh Patnam, technology sector lead for Premji Invest, in a statement.
Qualcomm (Nasdaq: QCOM) and Cyanogen jointly announced on March 1 that Cyanogen would offer features and user-interface enhancements for Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors.