Cyanogen gets hired by Samsung, will keep making ROM mods on the side

Cyanogen gets hired by Samsung, will keep making ROM mods on the side
Steve Kondik, the guy behind the famous CyanogenMod Android ROMs, has become a Samsung Mobile Software Engineer, but he said that he plans to keep his hobby, and review coding for future iterations of the immensely popular CyanogenMod 7.

Samsung was the first to break the manufacturer/carrier mould by sending the CyanogenMod crew brand new spanking Galaxy S II handsets, encouraging them to show what they are capable of doing by creating custom ROMs for the handset. Now obviously it decided to straight out drink from the source, and hired Steve Kondik.

The software engineer has a proven track record of making awesome modifications to stock handsets, which iron out bugs, speed up performance, and add missing functionalities, so him joining the Samsung Android team could only mean the homebrew TouchWiz UI should be getting more love from customers. Moreover, Samsung will need something to further differentiate itself other than awesome hardware, now that Google acquired Motorola as its Android manufacturing playground.

via SlashGear

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3. android_hitman unregistered

go back to gsmarena

2. android_hitman unregistered

i am really glad to hear that ..

4. shayan

Posts: 159; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

this is actually a very nice move from samsung! but I hope he really work for other android phones too.

5. toottoot unregistered

you've sell out man! you've sell out! ;-P just kidding. Congrats to him. I am currently using CM7 on my phone.

6. ridania unregistered

He think he will continue with CYANOGEN ?? I thnik the main goal for SAMSUNG is to make these changes and improvements available only with their phones. And CYANOGEN is the first modding name... I don't think that SAMSUNG will permanently allow him to continue with CYANOGEN and offer the same to SAMSUNG and all phones modders.

7. wth unregistered

they hired him not the whole CM team who works on many devices so they will keep developing for other devices .. and only him will develop for samsung

8. nastynaps

Posts: 93; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Genius move by Samsung, I hope they have enough sense to allow him full creative capacities.

9. bayhuy

Posts: 320; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

So...they bought CM and now they will rename their TouchWiz to CyanogenMod....

10. hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm unregistered

I hope he has something in his contract protecting CyaogenMod. Samsung could claim intellectual rights on farther versions of his work.

11. hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm unregistered

further*

12. FAW-Q

Posts: 63; Member since: Jul 29, 2011

Thumbz UP!

13. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

And yet, they will still, as usual, be third best to Apple

14. Bruiser Brody unregistered

Apple is now officially the evil empire, their phone (if you call it that) is way overated, and they are trolls (like yourself), but of the patent variety. Plus, WWE is busted, and like Apple, forgot who brought them to the dance. I find it funny that someone could be so vain and willfully have their intelligence insulted every Monday night, and also be the largest Apple mark on the internet. You got two strikes going for you, buddy.

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