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AOKP’s Roman Birg Joins Cyanogen Inc, Will Still Make Contributions to the Kang Project

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Last night on Twitter, it was made official that AOKP’s main face Roman Birg, was departing his current “roll” and taking up a new position within Cyanogen Inc. in Seattle. We have talked with Roman in the past during a Tato Series interview, and you can tell that he is a bright mind, which is a good fit for the CM crew. The exact nature of his new roll within CM is still unclear, but we can assume it has something to do with the development of features within the ROM itself. Whatever it may be, we wish him luck. 

As for fans of AOKP, don’t worry, it’s not going anywhere. The ROM and its community is still alive and well, with Roman making it clear that he will not stop contributing to AOKP. In the long run, that could be great, given that he could bring back newly-learned knowledge and apply it to the ROM.

Big cheers to Roman from us here at DL and best of luck in Seattle.

RomanBB

Via: @romanbb
  • tyguy829

    *role Tim

  • Alan Paone

    That’s unfortunate, AOKP was pretty much everything that was wrong with custom ROMs in one convenient place. I hope Roman learns from the cm guys to take a little pride in his work.

    • ragnarok180

      Can you eleborate on the “AOKP was pretty much everything that was wrong with custom ROMs in one convenient place.” comment? In my opinion, its one of the best custom ROMs out there but clearly you see something I don’t. I’d like to know what that is…

      • Alan Paone

        It was a mess of customization that often got in the way of using the phone, they stole a lot of code and they were never afraid to implement features in ways that could damage the hardware. Is there anything else custom ROMs do wrong?

        • Tim242

          You are clearly clueless.

          • Alan Paone

            You’re right! AOKP never stole any of CM code or overheated the camera sensor on my gnex!

          • Tim242

            AOKP was based on CM for a while…it was open source software. Lots of ROM’s used CM code. I ran AOKP on my Gnex for the entire year I owned it. Not one problem.

          • Alan Paone

            A lot of AOKP ROMs started life as a copy/paste of CM code with the licences changed. I never saw any sort of quality or ethical standards from Roman. Obviously the CM team sees it differently or they wouldn’t've hired him.

          • Boblank84

            you are really misinformed aokp is aosp based not cm based. they have always done most of their own features and if not they give credit where it is due.

          • Alan Paone

            That’s either in spite of Roman’s attitude, style and skill or because of a massive change in them.

          • Steve B

            Wow, you truly have no idea what you’re talking about.

          • Walter Partlo

            Oh, I see, you are butthurt and blaming AOKP for you messing up your phone. If only they had a disclaimer to warn you or something.

          • Alan Paone

            Yeah, this specific example it’s the only reason they are sloppy and unethical.

          • Walter Partlo

            Well then you should ask for a refund then. Do you still have your receipt?

          • Alan Paone

            Cyanogenmod and Google both also have free ROMs but they behave ethically and take pride in the quality of their work.

          • Alan Paone

            Cyanogenmod and Google both also have free ROMs but they behave ethically and take pride in the quality of their work.

    • Matthew Rebmann

      I second ragnarok180′s comment… I had AOKP for quite a while on my GNex.. was the only thing that actually breathed life into the POS :(

      • wh1te_mag1c

        I used AOKP for a while and it was great, but he was a little too slow to update. Sure, his team was small, but to me, that made no difference. I’m glad he’s joining CM, because that can only make CM better.

    • http://www.twitter.com/nblufire12 Nathan Patel

      what’s that supposed to mean….? AOKP was solid

    • Tim242

      AOKP was always much better than CM for me.

    • Philip J. Fry

      Yea, that’s why it was the only rom I had on my gnex for almost 2 years and also why aokp is one of the biggest names in the ROM world.

      • Alan Paone

        It is true that everything popular is good

  • El_Big_CHRIS

    Thanks Roman for all your work. My go-to ROM was always AOKP on my GNex

  • Walter Partlo

    I have been using AOKP since about a few weeks after the GNex launch, and still use it on my N7. Good to see Roman getting a paying job doing something that he loves.

  • Boblank84

    Good for him! I remember using aokp on the gnex when aokp was just roman. Come along way since then.

  • Greg Morgan

    Congrats Roman, welcome to Seattle!

  • James

    Good, I hope he can start getting some well deserved income from what he does.