Founder CyanogenMod Steve Kondik leaves Samsung

Founder of CyanogenMod, Steve Kondik leaves Samsung. Kondik joined Samsung on August 2011. 19 months after he leaves Samsung and decided to do something new without Samsung. The founder of CyanogenMod posted his opinion about the Galaxy S4 on his Google+ account. The overall score is pretty good, but there are some mix feelings about Samsung’s TouchWiz interface.

Read his story with the Galaxy S4 below.

I got to spend some quality time with the S4 (final hardware) before I left Samsung. I’m a huge a fan of the S3 and use one everyday, so I was quite pleased with the S4. Yeah, there is no refresh of the industrial design other than a few minor things such as the edging, but the device actually feels quite a bit more solid than the S3. Specwise, this device blows the competition out of the water. There are a number of unique features that have a lot of potential (assuming Samsung is opening up an API for them) such as the touchscreen which can register “hover” events, and an IR blaster. Benchmarks put this device FAR above the competition (40K on Quadrant CPU) and there should be no reason why it won’t run your favorite apps flawlessly. GPS seems to work better than any other Samsung device, with a lock being acquired instantly in almost any condition. The camera is excellent as well, both front and back.

TouchWiz has become a bit more consistent with the latest upgrade. There are no more jarring mismatches in different parts of the OS, and it’s been lightened up a bit and has a clean “flat” feel. Unfortunately, it feels like it has been sent a few years back in time to the Froyo days. Say goodbye to all of the nice touch-friendly ViewPagers and say hello again to a fully tabbed UI. You’ll also enjoy the seemingly endless onslaught of popup windows and modal “Loading…” dialogs. It’s better and worse at the same time, depending on your viewpoint I suppose.

On the features side, it’s absolutely loaded with stuff. Some of the new features are very useful like the “hover” preview where you can just point at an email message without touching the screen and it shows a preview of the message. The multi-window feature is present here, and is nice to have around when you need it. The camera app has seen some significant upgrades too, with live previews of the postprocessing effects and a new UI. My least favorite new feature is “Smart Scroll” which is supposed to scroll based on face detection + tilt, but it mostly serves to anger me into disabling it.

It’s a solid device and a clear choice if you are upgrading from the GS2. You’ll feel right at home if you have a GS3 currently, but upgrading is probably less urgent (especially if you’re on contract).

I’ll probably be picking up the T-Mobile variant when they hit the shelves, assuming they don’t lock the bootloaders or something silly and self-defeating like that. Since it’s powered by Snapdragon, CM should work wonderfully on it :)


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4 years 9 days ago

Pls Support SHW-M250K

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4 years 29 days ago

whatever my Android.. CM is ROM I’ll choose. Please support S4 master.. proud to CM

4 years 30 days ago

hmm 40K on Quandrant ????? with Exynos 5 Octa ???

4 years 30 days ago

I don´t think thats true, that would be 8 times more than SGS3(about 6k)
Or do I missunderstood something?

4 years 30 days ago

I am fully enjoyed with s3 design and features but not so much change in design and UI on s4 and it is very boring as same. i am switching to hTc one. Lets see in next unpacked event if come with premium design and good UI.

4 years 30 days ago


CM already announced that they will not be supporting the S4. SamMobile already posted an article on this subject.

4 years 30 days ago

Cyanogenmod already posted, that that was the opinion of a single member. Cyanogenmod will for the least try to support The Samsung Galaxy S4

4 years 30 days ago

i read the article stating that… and i knw that was not the decision by the whole CM team so im pretty sure it will come to S4 as well… wouldnt hurt to atleast hope :D

4 years 30 days ago

Im so impressed with this guy.. i love CM and would love to see it on my S4 Exynos version when i get one… Plz dnt abandon S4 CM… :D