“I’m so tired of waiting for my smartphone to get the latest update of Android. The CyanogenMod team releases updates days after the source code is available. Why doesn’t [insert handset maker] just hire Cyanogen?”
It is a common conversation that you might read in the comments of any Android blog, so this might not come as a surprise to some of you. Samsung Mobile has hired Steve Kondik, the founder of CyanogenMod, as a software engineer. The news comes from a Facebook update made to Steve’s page and no other formal announcement has been made.
CyanogenMod was first released in 2009 and went on to become the most popular aftermarket ROM (with over 500k installs) for Android devices.
Steve said his side project (CyanogenMod) is not affiliated in any way with his new employer, so don’t go looking for Samsung to dump their TouchWiz UI and replace it with his aftermarket firmware.
Given his history and experience with the Android operating system, we might assume he will be working on something Android related, but there is no telling at this point. With today’s news that Google is acquiring Motorola, it makes me think Samsung will start adding more resources to their own Bada OS for a potential future showdown.
I will be working on making Android more awesome.Steve KondikAndroid hacker
Update: Steve just sent me the following short message. ”I won’t be blogging about Samsung, especially not in relationship to CM. I will be working on making Android more awesome, though.”
If feels like just yesterday that I was making videos about rooting a myTouch 3G and Google was sending cease and desist letters to Steve, so it’s great to see how far the Android community has progressed in a few short years. I wish him congratulations and hope Samsung puts him to work as soon as possible.
We reached out to Samsung Mobile to see if they would comment and we will update this post as the story develops.
What part of Android would you like to see Steve work on for Samsung? Should he help them with their software update releases or try to improve TouchWiz UI?
[Thanks BiGMERF for the tip]