Hot on the heels of the Google-Motorola Mobility news is something even bigger, if you’re an Android user who has used a modded phone that is. Chances are you’ve used Cyanogenmod, or at least read about it. Well, a while ago, Samsung gave Galaxy SII’s to a few developers over at Cyanogenmod. Now, the head honce of Cyanogenmod, Cyanogen himself (Steve Kondik, check him out over on twitter, @cyanogen) now lists Samsung Mobile as his employer on Facebook.
If you don’t know what Cyanogenmod is, well, it’s probably the largest community working on creating AOSP (android open source project) based custom ROMs for almost 30 different devices. They have had over 500,000 Downloads so far, and more to come for sure.
Here’s what you’ll find if you visit the Cyanogenmod Website:
CyanogenMod is an aftermarket firmware for a number of cell phones based on the open-source Android operating system. It offers features not found in the official Android based firmwares of vendors of these cell phones.
The stuff that they add is brilliant!
Good going Samsung! I’m personally going to be looking forward to the next Touchwiz update. If it’s touched by Cyanogen, it’s gonna be awesome!
Update: Steve mentions that his “side project”, CyanogenMod, is not affilated with his employer, Samsung, and won’t be shutting down the project. He says that he’ll be “working on making Android more Awesome”. So even if CyanogenMod is not incorporated into Samsung’s devices, his expertise in improving the Android eco-system should give Samsung a edge on their newer devices.