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NewsPoster Mar 25, 2013 08:34 AM
CyanogenMod founder leaves Samsung after 19 months
The founder of <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/281768==http://www.cyanogenmod.org/" rel='nofollow'>CyanogenMod</a> has left his position at Samsung Mobile, after 19 months on the job. Steve Kondik, also the lead developer of the Android ROM community's ported offerings, made a number of comments about the Galaxy S4 on his Google+ <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/281769==https://plus.google.com/100275307499530023476/posts/U9KhibuYFcj" rel='nofollow'>page</a>, at the same time as updating his employment information. <br />
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Kondik claimed to be a "huge fan of the S3" and is "quite pleased with the S4," according to the comments found <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/281770==http://www.androidpolice.com/2013/03/25/breaking-steve-kondik-cyanogen-leaves-samsung-after-less-than-two-years-on-the-job/" rel='nofollow'>by</a> <em>Android Police</em>. While he compliments the new features and overall specifications list, Kondik does offer a number of criticisms for the device. TouchWiz is said to be more "consistent," lightened up, and has a clean "flat" feel, but Kondik believes that "it feels like it has been sent a few years back in time to the Froyo days. Say goodbye to all the nice touch-friendly ViewPagers and say hello again to a fully tabbed UI." An "endless onslaught" of pop-up windows and loading dialogs were also denounced. <br />
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While Kondik states he will likely be picking up a T-Mobile version of the Galaxy S4, so long as Samsung does not "lock the bootloaders or something silly and self-defeating like that," he does suggest that existing Galaxy S III users may not feel a sense of urgency to upgrade. <br />
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Kondik declined to explain why he left Samsung, though he did state in a reply to <em>Android Police's</em> request for an interview "not because of anything in particular. Samsung was great. Just decided to do something new. Ask me in a couple of months."
 
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