steve-kondik-samsungSteve Kondik, the founder of the alternative Android firmware CyanogenMod, has left his job at Samsung. A little over 18 months ago, Steve joined Samsung Mobile with the hope of “doing something cool in the real world.” It isn’t clear what his role as Samsung was, but it is clear that he did spend some time with the new Galaxy S4. When asked by a user, via a comment on Google+, about why he left Samsung, Steve replied “…not because of anything in particular. Samsung was great. Just decided to do something new…”

There are of course no shortage of Android smartphone makers who need talented and experienced Android developers, so Steve won’t find it hard to get a new job, but maybe he already has plans. He rather cryptically added to his reply, ” Ask me in a couple of months :)”

As for the Samsung Galaxy S4, Steve reckons that it “blows the competition out of the water.” He also praises the performance of the CPU along with improvements to the GPS subsystem. “GPS seems to work better than any other Samsung device, with a lock being acquired instantly in almost any condition,” wrote Kondik on Google+. About the only negative thing Steve had to say was about the changes to TouchWiz, Samsung’s UI which it adds on top of Android. “Unfortunately, it feels like it has been sent a few years back in time to the Froyo days,” he added.

Steve’s Google+ profile now shows that he has stopped working at Samsung. The question is, where will he go next?

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Gary Sims
Gary has been a tech writer for over a decade and specializes in open source systems. He has a Bachelor's degree in Business Information Systems. He has many years of experience in system design and development as well as system administration, system security and networking protocols. He also knows several programming languages, as he was previously a software engineer for 10 years.
  • Ares

    Go for sony steve!

  • n900mixalot

    HTC needs all of the help it can get.

    • MasterMuffin

      No, Sony’s better.

      • n900mixalot

        Awww, Sony has their stuff together.

  • yanic barrett

    i say go to the source go for google and help keylimepie out

  • Moto! They need help with the X-Phone

  • joseph pastor

    Google would be the best choice, cyan adds some good features to aosp, some of which should be implemented mainstream. He’d be a good addition to the team.

  • Ray

    Hey Steve,

    Call this number (650) 253-0000 and ask for Larry Page. When he offers an interview, go to this address…

    1600 Amphitheatre Pkwy, Mountain View, CA 94043

    Good Luck Pal!

  • Will he be making his own official OS? I wouldn’t be surprised.

  • Amine Elouakil

    “Unfortunately, it feels like it has been sent a few years back in time to the Froyo days”

    “Founder of CyanogenMod leaves Samsung, praises Galaxy S4” The subject present only the half of the story as you present the rest on your artical