Steve Kondik, better known as Cyanogen, the father of CyanogenMod, has posted an interesting update to his professional life on his Facebook page. Steve, who has founded the largest family of custom Android ROMs on the planet, has just joined Samsung Mobile to presumably work on Android-related goodies for one of world's largest electronics manufacturers.

It's only fitting to see the two masters of their own domains join forces, so here's to hoping the fruits of their labor are going to be beautiful and exciting for us, Android users. I sincerely hope Samsung isn't going to remove Cyanogen out of CyanogenMod and will allow him to remain active in the project.

Is it possible that Steve is going to turn TouchWiz into delicious unicorn juice? I sure hope so as well. After all, Steve's direct quote was: "I will be working on making Android more awesome."

Update: Steve told the following to Android Guys:

...it's a job and I'm glad that I can use what I learned from all this to do something cool in the real world :) 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.

Congratulations, Steve Samsung, you've made the right move this week.


P.S. This better not be a troll, Steve! :-]

Source: Steve Kondik @ Facebook via A&M

Artem Russakovskii
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  • BeatBlaster_

    !!!!!!!!!! WHOA!

  • Eric


  • J Rush

    Artem...thank you for posting this. It will only bolster my decision to remain with Samsung products. Great article, I can't wait to see something awesome! Because you know it's going to happen!

  • Jesus Otero

    Shudda gone with HTC...
    But its Col. Hope to see some CyanogenMod on phones soon!

    • Eric

      "Shudda gone with HTC..."

      - really? Should have gone where he was making a good salary and had a chance to excel even further in an industry you can see he has a passion for.

      "Hope to see some CyanogenMod on phones soon!"


  • http://www.weblogku.com Azam

    Great move Samsung and congratulation to Steve...
    Can't wait to see Samsung's future UI...

  • John J

    Is this why Samsung stopped that TouchWiz update to the Galaxy Tab 10.1? lol

  • Skitchbeatz

    I shall be buying a Samsung Galaxy S 3

  • Cory

    Great stuff-you hear stories like this happening, but you never know if they are true. Glad to know that they actually happen.

  • SiliconAddict

    So we can expect even buggier OS's to come out of Sammy. I'm sorry folks but as someone who has been using CM since my G1 days and its first iterations it ain't that great of an OS. Feature rich of course. But buggier then an ant farm.

    • John J

      Seriously? You're complaining that a custom ROM, built to run on numerous heterogeneous devices, maintained by volunteers, has bugs?

      • Down8

        It looked to me like he was pointing out that something was not perfect, not complaining.


      • SiliconAddict

        I can take a **** put tinsel on it. Put nickles and dimes on it, put sparklers on it but at the end of the day its still ****. If GPS isn't working on the thing what use is the phone for me? If the thing crashes on me what use is the phone for me? Yes those features are wonderful achievements and something to be proud of by the folks at CM. But the point is to make the phone better.....not buggier. And frankly I'm sick of people making CM out to be the greatest thing since God. Its FAR from perfect.

        • http://www.droidapp.co.uk Tony

          Agree with SiliconAddict, CM is good .. but never been my perm ROM, always had an annoying bug or two that wasn't there in another build. I think this is a good move for Samsung however, as the guy is clearly talented.

        • pdf

          But what you fail to understand is that CyanogenMod is built from scratch - from the Android Open Source Platform, for every device it supports. This is a massive undertaking, and when a piece of hardware doesn't work properly it's usually because the kernel code released by the vendor is broken.
          The only reason other 'custom ROMs' work is that they're just hacks on the official hardware vendor's ROM. It's a completely different kettle of fish, and illustrates the skill of the people involved in the CyanogenMod project.

        • exclaimation

          Everything is working fine (in fact, awesomely great) for my phone. Am on the latest nightly as well. GPS locks within 10 seconds, indoors. Something must be wrong at your end.

    • GergS

      G2, the device he maintains, is basically perfect. Running current nightlies with absolutely NO problems. And I second with what pdf says below. It's freaking hard work to get it to a bugless state, yet somehow they come close, even with the shitty kernels the companies release, and the non-existent drivers they have to reverse-engineer.

  • Chris O

    I like the fact he is apparently one of the only Snowboarders smart enough to take a break and sit down off the ski run as opposed to sitting in the middle blocking everyone's path and being an obstacle. Congrats on the new job, too!

  • Tarek El-Eter

    well i think it will strengthen the dev community with manufactures and make it better for us the end users

  • Carlos

    With as great of a rom as cyanogen and as many closed doors they've had to work with, Its definitely great news that such a huge door has opened for him. Congrats!

  • Rommy

    Congratulations Steve! CyanogenMod is an incredible contribution to the Android community, I look forward to its future development!

  • vernon

    this just makes my decision to buy nexus line of devices even stronger.seeing as samsung releases new devices as fast as htc, soon enough this guy will be so busy he wont be able to keep all devices updated with the latest android offerings. so nexus prime here i come.

    • Jane

      congratz for the most stupid post on this thread!

  • Ahmad Nadeem

    Although I wished for him to join htc but.................get ready for "Cyanowiz UI" :D

  • Simon Belmont

    Congratulations, Steve. You deserve the job position.

    I know the CyanogenMod community will continue to thrive and expand and still do great things. Good work.

  • http://schpydurx.livejournal.com ProfessorTom

    This is the same Samsung that gave birth to the The Samsung Cycle? I'd hardly call that a "master of their domain."

    Don't be surprised if Kondik winds up working on a Samsung mobile OS instead of working on something Android related (unless, of course, Samsung decides to roll their own version Android sans the Google umbilical cord.)

    Congrats to Steve and his job in the real world!

  • http://androidaccelerate.blogspot.com/2011/08/my-idol-steve-kondik-has-been-pirated.html RJ

    Kudos to Steve Kondik. And for Samsung great move for gearing up for the upcoming Android vs Android battle.

  • Mlord

    Hopefully, this will up the software side of the competition from manufacturers, adding more new features, rather than UI's