Early this week, we found out that Samsung hired the man behind Cyanogen Mod to be one of their software engineers. Now, it’s being said that their next target is locked on the MIUI ROM development team to be hired as employees, too.
MIUI ROMs are gaining great po....rity due to the beauty and user-friendly features that it brings to the Android OS. The Chinese developing team behind the Android overlay has recently stated in a conference that they were looking to partner with a big OEM manufacturer for their custom UI. Motorola and Samsung were rumored to be the two companies they were looking to team up with, but with Google acquiring Motorola recently, it seems like Motorola is out of the question.
The MIUI team released their own Android handset, called the Xiaomi M1, not that long ago. The price tag was $310 for the 4 inch display, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of ROM, and awesome 1930mAh battery the device came with.
The CEO of Samsung Electronics, Lee Kun-hee, made this statement after hearing about the Google-Motorola deal:
"(The company) must strengthen the competitiveness of its information technology, secure more human resources and also more actively seek mergers and acquisitions. We must pay attention to the fact that IT power is moving away from hardware companies such as Samsung to software companies."
So, in other words, “We need to step up our software game if we want to survive in the mobile industry.” By the looks of things, it seems like they will stop at nothing to improve their software even if it means cutting payroll, or buy-out checks. I wouldn’t even be surprised if Samsung started to produce webOS devices, now that HP is moving away from producing hardware including PCs, tablets, and phones.
I only have two considers with Samsung owning Cyanogen Mod and MIUI. First one being, will Samsung keep their devices open sourced after they have their final product? HTC started locking down their software, but had a change of heart after getting overwhelming complaints from fans and developers. My next concern would be if Samsung will continue to let the developers use Cyanogen Mod and MIUI for non-Samsung devices. If Samsung actually buys the rights and patents the names and UI behind them, then it would be a major let down for users that don’t own a Samsung handset *cough cough*. We’ll have to see what Samsung’s intensions are with having two of the coolest custom ROMs for the Android platform.
Via Droid Elites, Source YonhapNews & TechNode