Steve Kondik, the founder of CyanogenMod, has given his first impression on the Galaxy S4, and has also announced that he is no longer working for Samsung.
Like the Galaxy S3, Steve’s impression on the Galaxy S4 is mostly positive with near instant GPS lock, its hovering touch screen, the IR blaster, the blazing fast performance (40K score in Quadrant), and the decent cameras.
Regarding TouchWIZ, this is what Steve had to say -:
TouchWiz has become a bit more consistent with the latest upgrade. There are no more jarring mismatches in different parts of the OS, and it’s been lightened up a bit and has a clean “flat” feel. Unfortunately, it feels like it has been sent a few years back in time to the Froyo days. Say goodbye to all of the nice touch-friendly ViewPagers and say hello again to a fully tabbed UI. You’ll also enjoy the seemingly endless onslaught of popup windows and modal “Loading…” dialogs. UI performance is average. It’s better and worse at the same time, depending on your viewpoint I suppose.
On the features side, it’s absolutely loaded with stuff. Some of the new features are very useful like the “hover” preview where you can just point at an email message without touching the screen and it shows a preview of the message. The multi-window feature is present here, and is nice to have around when you need it. The camera app has seen some significant upgrades too, with live previews of the postprocessing effects and a new UI. My least favorite new feature is “Smart Scroll” which is supposed to scroll based on face detection + tilt, but it mostly serves to anger me into disabling it.
You can read Steve’s detailed impression on the Galaxy S4 over at his Google+ page.
Steve did not explicitly say as to why he has left Samsung or where he is current employed, except that he will reveal his new employer in a couple of months.
Via – +Steve Kondik