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Steve “Cyanogen” Kondik Hired By Samsung As Software Engineer

Twitter blew up last night after the announcement through Steve Kondik’s Facebook that he had joined the Samsung team. Steve is better know as “Cyanogen”, and is the leader of the extremely popular custom ROM team, CyanogenMod. After the announcment, Steve assured his many followers that this will not be the end CM, and that it will now become a side project for him, while still maintaining a leadership role at CM.

Android Guys was able to snag this quote:

…it’s a job and I’m glad that I can use what I learned from all this to do something cool in the real world 🙂 I’ll still be doing code review and some leadership for CM, but I’ll be keeping it legit like always…I think we really broke away from the modding community. Most of us are professional engineers or in the field some way or another.

We wish Steve the best of luck at Samsung, and also would like to wish the rest of the CM team luck. We would also like to give a shout out to Samsung for seeing the extreme talent these guys possess.

Update: This tweet was just sent out by Sammy. Cheers Mark!

@SamsungMobileUS: There’s a new face at Samsung, AND HE IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST ANDROID DEVs IN THE WORLD! Learn about @cyanogen:http://smgm.us/Da7
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Cheers everyone who sent this in!

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  • Anonymous

    Hmmmmm, maybe he can be our new sammy insider?

  • I just paìd $22.85 for an ìPad 2-64GB and my girlfriend loves her her Canon EOS Rebel Camera that we got for $38.78 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $625 which only cost me $62.81 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, CentHub.còm

  • STEVE FTW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • LOL at all of you who can’t pronounce Cyanogen….

    Looks like my next phone is gonna be a Samsung

  • Anonymous

    Glad to see that all of his hard work has paid off.

  • RW-1

    While I offer congradulations to Steve, only one non-compete clause away from him having to drop CM alltogether, leaving it to others to carry on.

    Time will tell.

  • Anonymous

    Apple is really going to sue Samsung now!!!!! They will really not be able to compete with what this guy will bring!!!

    After this I can see apple hiring a new software engineer. LOL and SMH

  • Anonymous

    This guy deserves it, from all of his hard work and dedication to the dev community, he deserves it. Job well done!!!

    Congratulations Steve!!!!

  • Anonymous

    The Android community is going to love this and this is an excellent move for Samsung!!!

    Now I can see clearly now that Google is really taking over!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    I just p a i d $21.87 for an i P a d 2-64GB and my boyfriend loves his Panasonîc Lumîx GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS.I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $657 which only cost me $62.81 to buy.
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  • faber

    Bout time; way go samsung….glad hear that. next phone; samsung.

  • Anonymous

    Congratulations Steve!! your hard work and dedication really paid off, we are all happy for you and wish the best…  CM rocks and you will too. 

  • Lord_20_bucks

    Yay now Samsung will not suck might pick up a samy phone next update. Hopefully he will take over as head developer on the OS front

  • Derektweber

    Has anyone seen ‘Barton Fink’? Don’t expect anything special to come of this. Hopefully he’s at least getting paid?

  • Djstar2k2

    great story good news congrats to him!  

  • Anonymous

    Sounds like he’s going to work for “the man” now.

  • Good for him this is great news glad to see our developers get some recognition long time coming

  • GotSka81

    That seals the deal.  My next phone will be the SGS2, hopefully on Verizon.

    • Because of one guy being hired at a company where thousands of employees work…??

  • Anonymous

    Can’t you people see!!!! This is all just marketing for the Bionic and the SGSII. Moto thought, “How could we make the public really like us? Oh, we will sell ourselves to The Google”. Then Samsung was like , “Damn, they got us good on that, we need to one-up them. We should hire the most popular guy in the dev community!”

    They are just toying with our emotions.

    • Anonymous

      It’s working.

    • So moto sold themselves to google just to hype the bionic makes total sense now thanks

    • RW-1

      Moto did not sell themselves at all, Google bought them to:

      1. Obtain a broader range of patents.
      2. Possibly gain assistance in developing googleTV, taking advantage of association with the other half of moto – cable set boxes (which are crap, they know it and may have Google work out Sw for them now).

  • Anonymous

    Woohoo a dev with some real talent officially working on Android, Way to go Steve…Too bad the rest of the manufacturers dont do the same thing

  • Rain_king46

    Prob the smartest move the Samsung has ever made. A lot of these Devs in our community know as much if not more about the deives than the people who design them. Congrats Kondik, now get that touchwiz straightened out would ya?  😉

  • Well deserved.  Congrats to him. 

  • Jelly

    Who cares?

    • You do apparently.  You took the time to read the post and comment.


      • Jelly

        Name calling.  Very mature.

    • ….. You come to this site and complain when Kellex gives BIG news involving the modding community?  Why are you even here?

    • Anonymous

      Only everyone, no big.

    • Obvious Sarcasm

      Don’t feed the trolls people!

  • jimbob

    I guess there won’t be a CM8.

  • Pcraig87

    First Googmoto now Cyanosammy

    • Anonymous

      Wait a minute there must be some mistake… the news agency’s said the Google-moto merger pissed off all the other manufacturers and they’re all going to winmo7. They must not have told HR.

      • Funny, considering Winmo7 doesn’t actually exists. I’d hope OEM’s wouldn’t dessert Android for a nonexistent OS.

        • Anonymous

          winmo7=windows phone 7. everyone know what i meant, check out any major news site or news paper. theyre all slamming the buyout as a risk or mistake thats going to make apple more prominent or microsoft a bigger player. either way apple is just going to sue samsung for hiring developers and claim they invented the process of hiring independant devs.

          • well thats what they are predictions no one knows how this will play out or how it will even run…So before you get your panties in a bunch I would just wait and see how this actually effects any OEM because I dont think it will effect anything…HTC and Samsung have to much invested and are making too much money for them to turn away now…As long as they make money they wont care bottom line

          • Anonymous

            I paid $23.88 for an i Pad 2 32-GB and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumiix GF 1 Camera that we got for $ 38.41 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $ 635 which only cost me $ 61.74 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it al from,

          • Anonymous

            try reading my first post again with sarcasm in mind.

          • Anonymous

            to add to how incompetant these reporters are. i read one article that actually referred to motorolas handset operations as the droid division… 

  • Jamesdoulane

    Cyanogen is an actual word. Find a dictionary or go back to school people. He has made root brilliant:-) congrats on the legitimate paycheck.

  • Anonymous

    Why is Samsung soo good?

  • Poopytrim

    CM is really popular but got kind of bloated. I still own the OG and really liked sapphire to he defected to CM and now prefer Peter Alfonso’s GB. CM is not so much AOSP anymore. Fitting he join one of the big dogs to create some bloated software 🙂 *shrug*

    • Anonymous

      It isn’t bloated you’re phone is just really old.

      • You’re right, it is old. You’d think the port for it would keep that in mind.  NOPE.jpg

  • Anonymous

    Congrats Steve, now can you at least finish the OGDroid 2.3.5 ROM before you go? ;o)

  • ricardo bonilla

    DAMMIT!!! just when the inc got gingerbread!!! but really congrats steve!

  • John


  • EC8CH

    First GooMoto… Now Cyanogen working at Sammy

    Android News is on a roll.

    Biggest News to come out of *pple lately is their head patent lawyer quit…

    • EC8CH

      GooMoto Dragon… I think that’s funny

  • El El Kool J

    Congrats steve!

  • Anonymous

    Google/Moto take note.

  • archie

    Meh, never really cared for the name “cyanogen.”. Too many syllables, still unsure how to pronounce. Good ROM though, congrats to him as well as samsung

    • T Hall

      I still am not sure how to really pronounce it…

      • archie

        I think it’s : sigh-ann-o-gen. Still, bad from a marketing standpoint to give it such a rediculous name.

        • EC8CH

          Because Touchwiz isn’t an absurd sounding name 😛

          • Kaufkin

            not to mention slang issues. 😀

            Huzzah for Cyanowhateverthellhisnameis!!!

            now, any odds on Pete getting an offer from Moto?

    • John

      unsure how to pronounce?

      ‘ sigh – yan – o – gin ‘

    • EC8CH

      here ya go:


      “CyanogenMod (pronounced sigh-AN-oh-jen-mod)”

      • lol, i call it “sin-a-gin mod” …. none of my friends, colleges, or family are brave enough to challenge me, hehe

  • Bert336

    i can see CM being the new Samsung Interface….Touchwiz needs to be dumped!

    • Anonymous

      If Sammy used CM as their “differentiation,” people would start wanting skinned phones.

  • Anonymous

    You deserve it

  • Anonymous

    So, I guess this guarantees CM updates for the SGSII?

  • Bert336

    awesome news!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!