Steven Kondik, the founder of CyanogenMod was hired by Samsung to take its Android experience to the next level a few years back. Yesterday, in Google+ post Kondik gave a mini-review of the Galaxy S 4 and also said that he had left the South Korean giant. While his post indicated that his departure from the company was amicable, he also did criticise Samsung’s polarising Android skin, TouchWiz. Also Read - Apple sells more iPads in early 2021 than ever, grows along with Samsung
In the post he said that TouchWiz had become more consistent with the Galaxy S 4, but he went on to say that there were multiple parts of the interface that felt mismatched and the Android experience itself felt like it was sent back a few years back in the time of the Froyo days. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus, S22 set to annoy plastic haters in 2022
He also was not very impressed with the Smart Scroll feature on the device and stated that it ‘annoyed’ him into turning it off. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy M32 India launch set for June 21, price could range between Rs 15,000 - Rs 20,000
Having said that, he was full of praise regarding the Galaxy S 4 and said that the build of the device was much better than the Galaxy S III, and the Qualcomm Snapdragon version of the device blew its competition out of the park in terms of benchmark performance.
He said that he would probably buy one once it was available in the market and install CyanogenMod, provided Samsung did not ship the device with a locked bootloader.
He said that version running the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chipset would run CyanogenMod beautifully and he planned to do a comparison with the HTC One. Additionally, he had a word of advise for would be buyers saying that shifting from a Galaxy S II would be a massive upgrade, but if one had the Galaxy S III, then it would not be that bigger upgrade.
As we already know CyanogenMod is the most popular third party Android ROM, which offers a more Googley stock Android experience, which a gamut of extra features. To run CyanogenMod one needs to root his smartphone.