Koushik Dutta! Let’s be honest, it’s not a common name, and neither is he a common person. I say this because he is one of the premier developers for the Android platform and is the mastermind behind the now famous AllCast app and the timeless ClockworkMod recovery. Koushik has been a member of Cyanogen Inc, and did work on their ROMs, while also working along with Oppo for the N1 and also OnePlus for the yet to be released One.
‘Koush’, as he is affectionately known in the Android community had a great impact on the development scene before Cyanogen Inc though. As mentioned earlier, not only did Koush work on ClockworkMod, but he also developed ROM Manager among many others to help Android’s vocal root-and-ROM community. As a result, he is revered among tech heads and is rightly seen as an authoritative figure when it comes to Android development.
Recently Koush sat down to have a brief interview with Android Police regarding the motives behind his sudden move, and this is where the details were revealed. He made it clear that there were developers at Cyanogen Inc who were capable of carrying on the work without him, and that he would continue working on the “open source side of Cyanogen”. It turns out that Koush did more managerial work at Cyanogen, and less development work, although he did work on certain projects. Apparently, it was the day-to-day development work that he missed the most.
With everything in mind, Koush decided to return to his roots — developing, and to re-launch the ClockworkMod brand so to speak. Koush is set to continue development on AllCast and Mirror among others. Koush is bent on ‘wowing’ users with AllCast, and is banking on cloud storage and integration to accomplish his goals. One cannot blame him for such a direction because more cord cutters are being borne daily, and the success of the Chromecast and other such boxes speaks volumes. So prolific is Koush that even the recently launched Amazon Fire TV received it’s version of AllCast mere days after it was launched.
Although Koush will no longer be working at Cyanogen Inc full time, he has not left Android, and we can all breathe a sigh of relief. We will continue to see his great work in the Android ecosystem, and he will still be a contributor to the work at Cyanogen Inc. For more details on Koush’s plans, hit the link to view his interview with Android Police. We wish you all the best with your ventures Koush.