CyanogenMod founder Steve Kondik leaves Samsung →

CyanogenMod is “a customized aftermarket firmware distribution” for Android phones that adds new features; I think one of its main benefits is to decouple your phone from your carrier’s Android update timetable and let you run “stock” Android at the highest level your phone’s capable of.

At any rate, this news coming right after Samsung’s “Tizen is high end” noise is probably coincidental. But, well. Kondik doesn’t seem to like TouchWiz much, and if Samsung is making that UI more important—as they would if they wanted to be able to move users relatively seamlessly between TouchWiz Android and TouchWiz Tizen—it may make the company rather less appealing for a top Android hacker.

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