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CyanogenMod founder Steve Kondik leaves Samsung, criticizes TouchWiz on way out

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Steve "Cyanogen" Kondik, founder and lead developer of CyanogenMod, has left his role as software engineer at Samsung Mobile, after 19 months at the company. Notifying his followers on Google+, Kondik notes his departure in a long piece commenting on Samsung's new Galaxy S4 handset, stating that he "just decided to do something new."

"Touchwiz feels like it has been sent a few years back in time to the Froyo days."

Before leaving Samsung, Kondik had some time to play with his former employer's new flagship. While he praises the Galaxy S4 for its specifications, which he says "blows the competition out of the water," his comments on Samsung's modifications to its TouchWiz UI aren't so complimentary. The Android developer believes that TouchWiz now "feels like it has been sent a few years back in time to the Froyo days."

Kondik joined Samsung in August 2011, stating that he would be working "on making Android more awesome." He also continued his work on CyanogenMod, albeit as part of a "side project." Judging by his comments on his Google+ post, Kondik leaves Samsung on good terms, noting that the company "was great," and he may already have another role lined up, telling followers to "ask me in a couple of months."