CyanogenMod’s Steve Kondik needs little introduction to the Android development community, specifically the rooting side of things as a leader in Android’s customization crowd. To the surprise of many, Kondik announced in August of 2011 that he was joining Samsung as a software engineer working on their Android products. As part of a Google+ post discussing the Galaxy S 4, Kondik wrote in the past tense “…before I left Samsung.”
Kondik was coy as to what’s next, only saying that he had decided to do something new and “ask me in a couple of months.” As for his thoughts on the Galaxy S 4, they were mostly positive and provided that he uses a Galaxy S III on a daily basis, was pleased that Samsung hadn’t deviated from what works. He had praise for the camera calling it “excellent,” and the specs as well saying they “blow the competition out of the water” and discussed some of Samsung’s unique features having plenty of potential.
One aspect of the device Kondik isn’t too fond of, 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. You’ll also enjoy the seemingly endless onslaught of popup windows and modal “Loading…” dialogs.
Hit the Google+ link for the whole conversation, including Kondik’s responses in the comments.