Saturday , December 15 2018 Ausdroid » Hardware » Mobiles » Steve Kondik, CyanogenMod founder, leaves Samsung, has a few words on TouchWiz

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If you’ve had any experience playing around with custom Android ROMs, then it’s likely you’ve heard of CyanogenMod and its founder, Steve Kondik. As you may also know, Steve went to work at Samsung in August 2011. As announced on his Google+, Steve has left Samsung and appears to be headed to greener pastures in the coming months. There’s no word on what/where that may be, but a job at Google would be nice now, wouldn’t it.

In his post on Google+ he noted that the Samsung Galaxy S 4 hardware is very impressive, even if the design is still largely the same as the Galaxy S III before it. Where his comments were most interesting was when he referred to TouchWiz:

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. […] It’s better and worse at the same time, depending on your viewpoint I suppose.

Good news in parts, bad news in others. Here’s hoping the UI won’t impact too much on battery life, overall performance, and most importantly, future updates to the device.

Source: Steve Kondik (Google+).
Via: Android Police.

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Completely agree with him about Touchwiz stuck in the Froyo days. It certainly doesn’t look like an Android 4.0+ OS.

Not so impressed with the S4. Just looks like an S3-S. Just packed with software gimmicks.

David Anderton

From the reviews so far wiz makes the s4’s octocore CPU work really hard…

Sean Royce
Sean Royce

Interesting news, I mustn’t have been as heavily into Android back then as I didn’t even know the cyanogenmod founder worked with Samsung.


I hope he does some inventive things in Key Lime Pie. 🙂

Damon Lewis
Damon Lewis

The tabs in the settings is horrific design.


Android wouldn’t be the same if Steve Kondik had not been around in the early days, and that’s a fact.

James Finnigan

Agree one thousand times! Steve Kondik is a God!

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