While the tech world was set ablaze from the news that Google plans to acquire Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion, another important but less publicized business relationship was uncovered last night. Steve Kondik, better known in the Android hacker community as Cyanogen, was hired as a software engineer at Samsung Mobile.
Word spread once Kondik revealed on his Facebook page that he has started working for Samsung. CyanogenMod is on almost 30 different devices ranging from HTC, LG, Motorola and Samsung. Downloads have already exceeded the 500k mark.
CyanogenMod brings users a slightly enhanced “Google experience” to their phones, untouched by a lot of the UI bloat and changes found in many OEM devices like HTC’s Sense UI, Moto Blur and Samsung’s TouchWiz.
Don’t worry CyanogenMod loyalist, Kondik has assured users that he will still be involved in the development of his namesake ROM.
I’ll still be doing code review and some leadership for CM, but I’ll be keeping it legit like always…I think we really broke away from the modding community. Most of us are professional engineers or in the field some way or another.
We really don’t have a definitive idea as to what will happen in the future, but as a fellow hacker and CyanogenMod user, I’d like to wish Steve the best of luck in his new job venture. Thanks, and continue to do the great work we’ve grown to love in the Android community.
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