Steve Kondik is the founder of CyanogenMod is a rock star in the Android community. Almost 2 years ago, Kondik officially joined with Samsung to help the Korean tech giant makes their Android products look ‘awesome’.
Now, after nearly two years of joining and the latest generation of Samsung Galaxy S lineup, Kondik decided to resign from Samsung. Kondik said that the experience of working with Samsung is very nice, but she felt that now it was time to try the new things.
Kondik also did not forget to convey the impression to the Galaxy S4:
“I was playing around with the Samsung Galaxy S4 before leaving. I am a big fan of the S3 and I use it every day, so I’m pretty happy with what is presented in the S4. Although no major design overhaul, but the device feels more solid than the S3.
In terms of specs, this device is far beyond any other device on the market. There are also a number of unique features that has a lot of potential as a touchscreen that can track floating gesture commands and a IR blaster. The benchmark score is also well above the other devices, so it should be able to run any application with a very, very smoothly.”
Kondik favorite feature is the ‘hover’ preview, which you can refer to display an email without having to touch the screen to show a preview of the content of the email. Interestingly, Kondik it is very annoyed with the Smart Scroll so he prefers not to activate the feature.
Kondik wrote, “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. UI performance is average.”
Kondik indicated that CyanogenMod seems to be compatible with the Galaxy S4 Snapdragon chipset.