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16 August 2011, 11:50

CyanogenMod founder to work for Samsung Mobile

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Although no official announcement or comment has been made by Samsung, the founder of CyanogenMod, Steve Kondik, has edited his Facebook profile to indicate that he has been hired as a software engineer by Samsung Mobile. The impact of this move on the CyanogenMod project is unclear, but Kondik has told the web site that CyanogenMod "will remain a side project", presumably indicating that his work on the project will continue. Kondik says he will be working on Android for Samsung – in a message to the web site, he said: "I won't be blogging about Samsung, especially not in relationship to CM. I will be working on making Android more awesome, though."

CyanogenMod produces free custom ROMs for a variety of Android phones, including several from Samsung; these ROMs do not include GMail, Google Maps or YouTube, or any of Google's other closed source applications. The popularity of these modified ROMs – more than 570,000 have been installed – is partly due to the fact that they are often more up-to-date than the official Android releases for those devices and typically extend the capabilities of the phones.

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