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:
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Via: Android Guys

Cheers everyone who sent this in!

CM7 Pre-Alpha Available for the HTC Thunderbolt, Time to Ditch Sense for Stock

If Sense 2.0 on the HTC Thunderbolt is not your cup of Android tea, then prepare yourselves for stock goodness with CyanogenMod 7.  A pre-alpha build started to make the rounds over the weekend and while it has a handful of expected issues, most brave testers are enjoying the heck out of it.  Again, this is pre-alpha, but it’s looking like we’ll be adding the Tbolt to the list of CM devices that we throw coverage at.

Who’s been testing it already?  Would love to hear your thoughts.   (more…)

CyanogenMod 7.0.2 Released for Original DROID and Incredible, Just a Bug Fixer for Most

Just two weeks in after the official release of CM7 and we’ve got an update that fixes some of the bugs you may have encountered.  It also is the first official “stable” version of 7.0 that we’ve seen for the original DROID.  Nice work guys.  Now, if only everyone in this business would act this fast on bug fixes…

Downloads:  DROID | Incredible


Cheers Keith and blackcatroad!

DROID Lockscreen Gestures Loaded into CyanogenMod 6.1 RC5

CyanogenMod for the original Droid just got even more amazing, this time with lockscreen gestures from mtwebster.  What are lockscreen gestures?  Think of Google Gesture Search, only in a more practical manner on your lockscreen so that you can actually get some use out of i.t  You will now be able to set gestures to open up applications or perform actions and I’ll admit, this is pretty awesome.  Pull up your dialer, text message app, Facebook, or start navigating all from your lock screen with a simple swipe.  Not bad, right?

You can find this latest build in ROM Manager.

To set up gestures, open up Settings>CyanogenMod settings>Input settings>Lockscreen gestures and get rolling!

Via:  CM Forums

Cheers Picolas!

CyanogenMod 6.1.0 RC Released for Original DROID

The new CyanogenMod 6.1 RC1 has been released for a few phones, but most notably, the original Droid.  For those of us still milking every last drop of awesomeness from this device, you’ll be excited to see what’s in store for this latest version of CM.  It now includes the Galaxy S style power widget in the notification bar plus a ton of customized camera additions.   (more…)

Video: Installing a Custom ROM Using SPRecovery

Sorry to leave everyone hanging last night after posting the video tutorial on how to flash SPRecovery to your stock 2.1 Droid, but I wanted to wait to post this video until today to catch a broader audience.  Today’s video will walk you through step-by-step on how you can boot into SPRecovery and load basically any custom ROM you want without actually having root.  What is also fantastic, is that after you flash over a new ROM, you will have 2.1 root assuming you’ve chosen a 2.1 ROM.

So here we go!  Let’s get everyone on a custom 2.1 ROM and rooted…

*Warning* – The process we are about to layout is extremely risky.  If you choose to do this, we are not liable should you brick your phone or cause any sort of permanent damage.  If you do harm to your phone, please do not email us asking for help as you have already been warned and accept all risk involved. Cheers!

Initial steps…

1.  You have to follow the steps from yesterday on flashing SPRecovery using RSD Lite.

2.  You need to find a custom ROM that you would like installed.  In the video I’ve chosen the ROM that I’ve been using over the last week called JRummy’s Remix which is based off of CyanogenMod  It’s a fantastic ROM.

3.  I used the “” method of installing a custom ROM in this video.  This process will work for any ROM which has the option of installing using an file.  Here is a list of similar ROMs to the one I have in the video…

4.  If you find a ROM which will only allow the Nandroid backup method, this video should help you out.

Video instructions…

Step-by-step instructions…

1.  Update and backup any files you wish to restore, this will wipe /data.
2.  Download your ROM of choice and rename to
3.  Place the ROM on the root of your sdcard.
4.  Reboot into recovery mode (hold the power and “x” button at the same time).
5.  Choose “Wipe data/factory reset”.
6.  Choose “Wipe cache partition”.
7.  Choose “Install”.
8.  Choose “Allow installation”.
9.  Choose “Install /sdcard/ (deprecated)”.
10.  Reboot and you will have to add your Google accounts again.
11.  Done!  Enjoy!

*Note 1* – Keep in mind that you can flash one of the ROMs listed above which will give you 2.1 plus root access and if you do not like it, download ROM Manager and change to whatever you’d like.  There is also a 2.1 stock ROM with root available in ROM Manager.

Questions?  As always, drop them in the comments so that we can all take a shot at answering them!

Video: Installing a Custom Theme Using ROM Manager

The next video in our never ending series on rooting, custom ROM-ing and personalizing your Motorola Droid moves us onto the process of installing a custom theme.  There are dozens of themes available for your use, but we’re going to keep this simple and use one of the themes in ROM Manager which I still consider the greatest app of 2010.  And since we’re currently using CyanogenMod, we went with one of the most popular styled themes named Smoke Glass-esque which I’m assuming you’ll enjoy.

Video action…

What theme are some of you currently using?  NexTheme?  Smoked Glass-esque?  Still on Ultimate Droid?

And if you’ve got questions, feel free to drop them in the comments and let the community have at ‘em!

Oh, and 2.1 still hasn’t been rooted.

Launcher2 Hits Market as ClockworkMod Launcher

Frustrated that you didn’t receive the Nexus One’s 3D app drawer/launcher when your official 2.1 update finally arrived?  You can turn that frown upside down today my friends. (So cheesy!)  The Launcher2 has hit the market for non-rooted 2.1 users.  Yes NON-rooted 2.1 users and works like butter.  How about a third time?  Make sure you are running the official 2.1 update and have not rooted a thing.

It will cost you $1.99 but that cash goes straight to the developer who happens to be the same guy that keeps pumping out CyanogenMod ROMs.

Head to the market now and search for either “Clockworkmod Launcher” or “Launcher 2” and you should find it.

Update 10:15AM 4/6: Early reviews are spread throughout the comments.  Not one issue that I can see.  Although, it should be noted that this launcher does not have the 4 persistent apps like the HelixLauncher and to some people is reason enough to not use it.  It does however work flawlessly in landscape mode which the previous ported version struggled with.  You get 5 screens and can consider yourself a 3D drawer superstar.

Update 2:12PM 4/6: Looks like the price has been raised to $2.99.  Koush must have seen all of the Droid Life readers flocking to download.  Sneaky.  Also to be noted, Koush has responded in the comments with good news for those of you wanting the 4 persistent icons.  He plans on adding them in a future release.

Cheers Tom!