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.