CyanogenMod Founder Steve Kondik Steps Down From Samsung

Posted Mar 25, 2013

Steve Kondik, the founder of lead developer of the CyanogenMod software for Android, has stepped down from his position at Samsung after 19 months with the company.  Kondik made the announcement on his Google+ page today.  He said that he has “decided to do something new.”  Samsung hired Kondik as a software engineer in August 2011 and he continued to work on CyanogenMod as a side project.

Before leaving Samsung, Kondik praised the Galaxy S 4 device and said that he fell in love with it.  He added that the phone “blows the competition out of the water,” while citing notable features like multi-window support and “hover” previews.  Kondik said that his least favorite feature was the “smart scroll” face detection feature to the point that he decided to disable it.

However Kondik was not as upbeat about Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface.  He said that it feels “like it has been sent a few years back in time to the Froyo days.”