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Update: The CyanogenMod team has chosen a new name: cLock. According to the Google+ post, the new name was chosen by virtue of its simplicity.

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In a post to Google+ titled "Pitfalls of being so big" earlier this evening, the CyanogenMod team informed followers that CM had been served with a C&D (Cease and Desist) request regarding their Chronus clock widget.

For those unfamiliar, Chronus is CyanogenMod's acclaimed lock screen (or home screen) clock widget, introduced last December, that displays the time in Android 4.2 fashion along with configurable calendar and weather information.

Specifically, the "entity" serving the C&D seems to have issue with the widget's name, which is similar to the entity's own "Cronus." CyanogenMod's post emphasizes that while the team does not agree with the C&D claim, they do not have the time or resources to fight it so, naturally, they're looking to crowd-source a new name for the clock.

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CM's followers have already suggested some pretty great replacement names – highlights include "Clockblocked," "Cease & Desist," and "Not-Cronus". If you've got a good idea for the widget's new name, hit the link below to head to the original post.

Source: Google+

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  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    "Clockblocked" is my favorite.

    Or "Cease & Desist."

    • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

      "Resistance is futile!" =D

    • cy_n_ic

      Think we could compile an open source lawyer and call em johnny clockrin?

  • cy_n_ic

    Sunorhc would be my vote hehehehe

  • http://profiles.google.com/andrewc513 Andrew Chandler

    Why not just go with the other ancient god of time: Saturn?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Someone suggested Tempo - I really like it.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1569417452 Tyler Watthanaphand

        I think temp would suggest a metronome app

      • Guest

        A little confusing if you speak Portuguese =P

        • Itaré Victor Galvêas Garrute

          Tempo in portuguese=weather

  • http://www.facebook.com/michaelgonzalez2012 Michael Gonzalez

    Clockblocked almost made me spit out my beer when I read it lol...

    Why not just spell it differently
    Chronos
    Kronus
    CrowKnows :)

    • squiddy20

      That's the problem though, it IS spelled differently. CM's is spelled "Chronus", which is apparently too similar to "Cronus", from the C&D.

      • http://www.techmansworld.com/ Michael Hazell

        Really though, I have no idea why this "entity" wanted to mess with an open source project like this. Chances are someone at that "entity" uses CM.

  • Wayne Randall

    If I were a lawyer, I would devote my time to CM's defense.

    What about crowd-sourse the cost of defense? Surely someone knows someone who knows someone... that has those means? There's only a few million users, give or take.

    Short of that, "cease & desist" does have a nice ring to it.

    • Mike Reid

      Fighting is what money hungry corporations do.

      It's not what "the community" does.

      Who cares, it's renamed cLock and we can move on now. No muss, no fuss.

  • http://www.williamint.com William Aleman

    How about in spanish... just "Tiempo"or "Hora"

    • SYO

      I'm thinking "Ora" to put a spin on it.. which is kinda similar to the Tagalog (which is also Spanish-derived) for time: oras

      Or if we're going for gods or deities of time...
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aion_(deity)

      Or maybe something French: "epoque"

      • http://www.williamint.com William Aleman

        "Ora" is also time in Greek, personally that one is my favorite.

    • Göran Sävström

      Do a google translate with "hora" as the word to be translated, and the language to be Swedish.
      - Kind of amusing if you're a Swede living in Spain...

      • http://www.williamint.com William Aleman

        Never knew about that, new things everyday, must be very amusing for you

  • LiamBryant

    They should call it "sosumi"

  • Axel Börjesson

    the last comment mentions that they choose the name "cLock" for it's simple and self explanatory meaning.

  • David Adams

    Really, Sportstec Limited? Really?

  • http://twitter.com/trickedoutdavid David Margolin

    delete please

  • Spatchcock

    How about "Suckmyclock".

  • flosserelli

    No doubt the complaining "entity" is an American company, so this should not surprise anyone considering the U.S. has the highest number of attorneys per capita in the world.

  • Offensive

    CM should be served a cease and desist by Google. Anyone who has ever looked at CM's code and compared it to Google's code will see that the only difference is they changed the copyright header (illegal). Even if they did change a line or even a comment this still requires them to keep the Google copyright. They can add their name below it but they can't remove it. They are either breaking the law or they are possibly the worlds largest thieves/kangers. Actually they are both!

    • akshay7394

      Could you possibly be more daft

    • anon

      0/10 should never troll again

    • 03Grunt

      Shame on you sir for being do ignorant. Android is open source anyone can build ROMs from Google's source if you know how to. Do some research next time before you talk out of your ass

    • enomele

      Idiot.

  • mgamerz

    cLock? Meh. There was sure to be better entries than that in my opinion.