Steve Kondik is the founder of CyanogenMod, an open source OS developed by independent teams who can substitute on some Android devices. Very popular since its inception, Custom Rom has faced the disagreement manufacturers who made heaven and earth to prevent it from running on their smartphones. However, for some time, they have come to recognize its usefulness and like Samsung have even provided some mobile developers that CyanogenMod is carried over.
It is in this context that Steve Kondik has been evolving since 2011, with the popularity of its ROM. There is a year and a half, he had also been hired by Samsung as a software engineer and although nothing is known of his activities within the firm, he has clearly contributed to the development of Galaxy S4. Steve Kondik has announced his departure and it seems that Samsung Galaxy S4 and its TouchWiz interface there are no strangers.
The engineer has published a note on his account long enough and Google+ are about thunder. He is very satisfied with his Galaxy S3 and happy to have been able to work on the Galaxy S4, but according to him, it is a Smartphone which offers no renewal and rest on its laurels.
“This is a great device and a great investment if you have a Galaxy S2 [...], but it appears to be much less interesting if you already have a Galaxy S3. ‘
However, he qualified his statement by adding that it seems much more solid than the Galaxy S3 and more enjoyable at its conception and design. However, TouchWiz seems detrimental to their use and as he says, this is a regression and not an improvement.
“It is as if we returned back a few years, at the time of Froyo (released in 2010). Say goodbye to the great and “touch friendly” ViewPagers and get ready to find an interface full of tabs. You can also enjoy the numerous pop-ups and loading screens. The interface performance are average. TouchWiz is both better and worse depending on the viewpoint. ‘
We can not say that Steve Kondik door TouchWiz interface in his heart, and it is better for Samsung Galaxy S4 her more enjoyable to handle it seems to say.
Its resignation and words echo the recent statement Hacksung, a leading development teams CyanogenMod, who said she would not Custom ROM on the new S4 Galaxy and indeed any of its members would not purchase. The reasons are clear, disparate components within the two models may lead to bugs. They will be even more difficult to correct that Samsung never provides the source code of its products and the Exynos processor belonging to 5, it will be difficult to ensure the stability of the OS. Scalded by the same problem with the Galaxy S3, Hacksung a clear barrier to porting CyanogenMod on Galaxy S4.