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Chinese production gigantic Foxconn, most ideal understood for being an Apple distributor, has actually made a critical investment in the Cyanogen variation of the Android mobile OS.

Cyanogen took in $80 million in Series C funding back in March, and also it transforms out Foxconn was component of that round– revealed in a press release today.

It’s not clear exactly how much Foxconn has actually invested in. A spokesperson told TechCrunch: “We do not reveal individual quantities from our financiers,” adding: “Foxconn is a critical capitalist as we remain to scale our industrial business globally.”

Other previously revealed investors in the round consist of Premji Invest, Twitter Ventures, Qualcomm Incorporated, Telefónica Ventures, Smartfren Telecom, Index Ventures, Access Industries and also Santander Innoventures. Cyanogen has stated its Collection C funds will certainly be made use of to increase hiring and item development of its open OS.

Cyanogen has actually elevated a total amount of $110 million in funding to date with the objective of developing out a direct-to-consumer Android ROM business that supplies developers and consumers the opportunity to side-step the Google-flavored mainstream version of Android.

The Chinese market is dominated by Android Open Source Task versions of the system, so Foxconn’s participation right here makes sense.

“Our varied group of strategic financiers mirror our user-focused vision in creating an open platform that advances Android, create a brand-new lesson of encounters and also interaction versions, as well as much more deeply integrates Third celebration applications as well as solutions,” the spokesperson added.

Foxconn’s involvement is also appealing provided just how the company has been diversifying its tasks over the last few years. It’s dealing with Nokia, for instance, producing a Nokia-branded Android tablet (called the N1) under certificate from the Finnish business– developing the hardware but also taking care of sales, circulation and marketing.

It has likewise been experimenting with hardware acceleration, setting up a tiny incubator on an ex-Nokia campus in China back in 2013.