To pull it off, the telecom giant is considering partnering with Cyanogen, which currently makes and licenses a number of modified version of Androids, reports The Information. But a deal with AT&T would be the biggest the company has ever taken on. It’s unclear if the Cyanogen deal will come to pass or just how far along talks are, but it it does reach the commercially shipping stage all AT&T phones in the future could have a custom AT&T Android OS, much like Amazon’s Fire devices have a customized Android OS (called “FireOS”).
An AT&T-specific Android OS would allow the company to better incorporate its other services and offerings directly into the OS, such as its AT&T’s DirectTV service. (by Michael Grothaus)