Steve Kondik, the founder of the CyanogenMod team behind the world's most popular alternative Android ROMs, has been hired by Samsung as a software engineer.
He told Android site Androidguys that CyanogenMod will carry on as before, with him running code reviews and leadership of the effort.
The distribution has been downloaded more than 570,000 times and is available for more than 50 models of phone, and is most famous for providing Android users with the latest version of the platform weeks or months before official updates arrive.
CyanogenMod released its first ROMs for Android 1.5 in 2009, and currently produces versions for Android 2.3.3, Gingerbread. Although Kondik was served with a cease-and-desist letter from Google in late 2010, which referred to non-open source components such as Google Maps, a compromise was reached which allowed users to copy those apps from phone to phone. One of CyanogenMod's innovations, the addition of the BFS task scheduler, has been included in an official, if experimental, Android development branch.