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Cyanogen lead goes to work for Samsung, mirrors Apple move

updated 11:55 am EDT, Tue August 16, 2011

CyanogenMod lead developer hired by Samsung

The CyanogenMod lead developer has just been hired by Samsung Mobile, Gadget University reported, citing his updated Facebook status as evidence. Steve in the comments on the Facebook thread said his new position has nothing to do with CyanogenMod, however. The aftermarket firmware has exceeded 500,000 downloads and gives more than 50 Android devices extra control beyond what Google allows.

This could mark the start of a new trend, as it follows Apple's recent hire of iPhone jailbreak notification developer Peter Hajas. It may be an indication that companies are turning to the talents of unofficial, gray-area programmers and app makers by hiring them.

Both companies are also in a race to claim the lead in smartphones and are likely looking at alternative sources than traditional, established developers for new ideas.

by MacNN Staff



  1. viktorob

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Copy everything..

    I bet you sansums will chance its name to "Green Apple" or Orange" or some other fruit some day. They are trying to became more and more apple every day...
    ohh, and they CEO will be called "Steven Works"

  1. BigMac2

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Samsung need software talent?

    Since when Samsung got any interest into software? Samsung like the vast majority of mobile phone maker never been able to maintain software properly. Even Palm was never able to maintain their Palm desktop software properly.

  1. vasic

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Future of CyanogenMod?

    The question on everyone's lips (at least in Android mod circles) is if this will change the future of CyanogenMod customisations.

    And minor correction; the main purpose of these custom ROMs wasn't to add features beyond what Google provided/allowed. They were primarily to restore features that proper, generic Android contains, and that have been removed by the carriers.

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