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CyanogenMod founder leaves Samsung, has mixed feelings about Galaxy S 4

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CyanogenMod founder leaves Samsung, has mixed feelings about Galaxy S 4
A couple years ago, Samsung was getting extremely chummy with the Android mod community, and was able to recruit one of the top guys in that community: Steve Kondik, the man who founded CyanogenMod. Well, the time has come for Mr. Kondik to leave Samsung, and on his way out he has some mixed feelings about the work that Samsung has been doing recently.

Steve didn't say why he left Samsung, just that he wanted to do "something new". On his way out, he had some thoughts on the Galaxy S 4. Like many of us, he was not impressed with the design of the hardware, but said that the specs "blows the competition out of the water." He also said there were some features with "potential", like the IR blaster, and the touchless controls. 

Overall, he was impressed with the features added, but does admit that he always disables Smart Scroll. TouchWiz did not get much love from Mr. Kondik though. The best he could say about TouchWiz was that it had gotten more consistent. Although, right after saying that, he said that different parts of the OS feel "mismatched", which seems to contradict the consistency part of things. He ended up taking a pretty big swing at TouchWiz, going so far as to say "it feels like it has been sent a few years back in time to the Froyo days." Ouch. 

We're looking forward to seeing what Mr. Kondik gets up to not that he's leaving Samsung, and we'll keep watch. 

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posted on 25 Mar 2013, 13:57 23

1. ebubekir26 (Posts: 322; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


still waiting for the Note III
agree or not you know it's going to beat EVERY device.
(truth dislikes over 3,,,,2,,,,1.)

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 13:59 20

3. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3725; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Most definitely agree. That will be my next purchase.

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 14:00 13

4. ebubekir26 (Posts: 322; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


mine too ;D

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 14:29 11

15. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Me too as well. Based on what has been released to date and the expectation the iP5S will be a warmed-over iP5, the Note III is shaping up to be the killer handset for 2013.

There was a lot of potential (Sony Z, HTC One come to mind), but execution kind of left them hanging.

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 14:04 13

8. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14200; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I disagree.

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 14:54 13

22. bluescreen (Posts: 154; Member since: 22 Nov 2012)


5 thumbs up for u?? that has to be the most thumbs up u have ever gotten for one of ur comments on here.....gotta be a personal best lol....

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 14:58 9

24. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


You will agree for iNOTE3 which apple will make in 2020 :)

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 18:15 5

49. lyndon420 (Posts: 4559; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


I always look forward to your posts Mxyz. Always so informative and insightful.

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 19:59

58. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Mxyzptlk what phones do you use and you've used befor?

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 20:02 3

59. ZeroCide (Posts: 777; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


Noone really cares what you agree or disagree

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 08:19

71. tedkord (Posts: 12247; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Hey everyone. The mischievous imp from the 5th dimension disagrees with someone saying something positive about a non-Apple product. SHOCKING!

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 14:09 11

9. BiN4RY (Posts: 83; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)


Because Galaxy Note 3 is TOTALLY relevant to this news article

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 14:18 8

11. Feanor (Posts: 733; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


Thumbs down for the completely irrelevant comment. Do you people read at least the article title before you comment?

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 14:37 5

17. ebubekir26 (Posts: 322; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


irrevelant ? wait -_-
did YOU read the article ,, the article is about Samsung, and also about the S4 beeing dissapointing, so I wrote something about The Note III, how stupid that people follow the likes and dislikes they don't even know who's right,..
people hate Samsung because of the design but it's not that bad at all
just exagerated

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 15:07 2

26. Feanor (Posts: 733; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


The article is about an ex-Samsung employee and his opinion about the S4 and Samsung software, not about everything Samsung... the article also mentions the word 'IR blaster'; shall I start talking about my TV remote control?

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 18:51

54. wando77 (Posts: 966; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)


If you want to

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 15:05 9

25. AamirSIII (banned) (Posts: 187; Member since: 04 Oct 2012)


i really dont understand where the hell is disappointment in his comments? he only said that about touchwiz which everybody says and as a matter of fact everybody, somewhere in their heart, love touchwiz! i love touchwiz, no matter anybody dislike my comment! touchwiz is the only manufacturer launcher which can do double than almost all of the other manufacturer's launchers! u can not get the greatness of S-Pen with out touchwiz! u can not get the sweetness of using S3 or S4 without touchwiz!

i am a power user, i love my smartphone to be very powerful, hardware wise, and very very intuitive and with loads of everything of my choice and its the sammy's devices that have both Most Powerful hardware and Touchwiz! if that was not the case, S3 would have not sold more than 50 million units worldwide, and sammy would not have been the biggest mobile manufacturer of the world! Period!!!

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 17:55 2

46. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 765; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)


yahh, its getting really sad to know that the hate evolves too much... lets just be thankful that samsung has created s2, s3 and note devices that pushed the hardware and software limits and make the competition hot and there you go, your favor8 devices now from any manufacturers are trying the same and give the best devices around..

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 15:58 5

34. archangel9 (Posts: 233; Member since: 07 Feb 2010)


Ditto here.Reason why I love my Note 2 even more

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 17:01 1

38. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Since I dont look for a phone that beats EVERY other device....I cant agree.

I look for a phone that handles MY wants n needs the best, not what it can do better than another phone.

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 17:41 2

42. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


The haters just need to learn to accept it, the Exynos 5 in the international version is going to destroy every phone till the Tegra 4i and snapdragon 800 are out.

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 18:09

47. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Even the S800 will be on par with if it was Exynos A15 QC

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 13:58 4

2. jphillips63 (Posts: 223; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


I hope he jumps to Motorola and work with the new upcoming phones for the future. If not well wishes for you sir

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 14:02 8

5. Kreft (Posts: 84; Member since: 27 Dec 2012)


The S4 would be a nice phone with stock Android. If a good working build comes out I'd maybe consider the phone. Touchwiz is horrible.

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 15:12 8

27. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Touchwiz is no where near horrible. Otherwise there wouldn't be so many recognized devs/senior members supporting it on XDA. In fact, many AOSP GSIII users have returned to the stock firmware(via custom builds) after the Premium Suite update. Most GNOTE II users are also sticking to the official firmware. AOSP looks good and has a coherent interface(holo UI) but you get only the basics.(No pop-up features/smart features, no multi-window, basic camera interface with poor options, no S-pen support etc..)

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 17:42 3

43. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


Touchwiz used to suck, atleast its not like sense where it coats android in a thick layer of crap most people don't want.

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 18:12

48. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Sense5 is Ram and CPU hog: takes up to much power and resources....!

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 19:55

57. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


People who thumbed me down should download an app called System Panel, there it will show you that Sense takes up 90MB of RAM and the CPU idels thresholds at 65%, but that's on the Htc OneX+ don't know about sense 5! Surely it has blink feed which will take up 100MB of RAM to!

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 01:04

68. heyhi (Posts: 131; Member since: 19 Feb 2013)


i dont now about the power, what i know is that Sense 5 looks cartoonish.

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 19:29

56. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Touchwiz on Gingerbread, two years ago..

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