Samsung responds to Motorola acquisition by hiring Google's biggest Android headache

Hacker whose Android-replacement mod kit has 500K users will "make Android more awesome"

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Though Android is famously open to customization, Google has been accused of holding back the Honeycomb tablet-optimized version to prevent modifications carriers and manufacturers would prefer to make – primarily adding proprietary-looking interfaces, extra marketing tweaks, bloatware and undeletable links to premium-cost services.

Google hasn't changed anything or decided to hold anything back according to statements from Andy Rubin, vice-president for engineering at Google and head of the Android group. Google needs time to optimize Honeycomb for smartphones as well as tablets, Rubin said.

The official release of Honeycomb – Android 3.0 – is not yet scheduled, but should be any time now, judging from the number of tablets ready to ship from vendors who have said they'll be running Honeycomb.

Kondik told the blog AndroidGuys he would continue to lead CyanogenMod while working at Samsung, a job he took because it dovetails with his work at Cyanogen and comes with a regular paycheck. Cyanogen has evolved from a hobby into a more professional organization, but is still not "a real job," Kondik wrote.

" ...it's a job and I'm glad that I can use what I learned from all this to do something cool in the real world :)," he emailed to AndroidGuys. "I'll still be doing code review and some leadership for CM, but I'll be keeping it legit like always...I think we really broke away from the modding community. Most of us are professional engineers or in the field some way or another."

It's not clear what Kondik will be doing to make Android awesome, but it's not likely he'll be working on a replacement for Samsung's proprietary TouchWiz user interface.

It's possible that – if Samsung reacts to Google's acquisition of Motorola by pushing its proprietary, competitive Bada OS as a replacement for Android – that Kondik may end up working on it.

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