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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Bada is less a competitor to Android than it is Samsung's proprietary replacement for TouchWiz. Bada has some features found in Android – allowing users to install apps, develop their own mods and open-source-ish functions rare in proprietary mobile OSes developed by phone manufacturers.

Bada and all the apps and tools associated with it are proprietary, however, and not interoperable with Android.

Android is where Kondik made his reputation and where Samsung will need the greatest additional push as it gears up to compete with Google and Motorola.

It's far more likely Kondik will end up building mods, replacement firmware, unlockers, apps that allow users to take root access to Motorola phones and other tools that will help Motorola users unlock themselves from the premium services and products Motorola sells and allow them to buy the same kind of overpriced services from Samsung, instead.

Kondik did say he would keep CyanogenMod in operation and the software available, though, so even if Samsung is able to turn his Android-freeing skills to its own advantage, at least there will still be an alternative for those who don't want to be stuck with either Samsung or Motorola/Google.

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