Samsung embraces CyanogenMod, gives away SGS2 to devs

When it comes to supporting homebrew, corporations are usually against the modification to their platforms. But it seems that at least one company may be embracing alternative scene by giving away free hardware to support the developers of a popular modification.

For Android, CyanogenMod has quickly become the Android OS of choice for many users who have rooted their device. Rooting a device allows you to install any application to your phone or, if desired, install an alternative version of Android. Samsung knows, or has finally discovered, that to create a healthy ecosystem around your devices, you need the homebrew community. It is because of this that they have given a Samsung Galaxy S 2 to the CyanogenMod team to aid them in creating a version for their device. 

This kind of generosity shows that Samsung now understands that they need the homebrew community as they are a valuable asset to their devices. While this is not promising that Samsung will officially support the CyanogenMod on their devices, it shows that they are not actively trying to prevent the team either from creating a version for their devices.

It is a positive sign that a mega-corporation is opening its doors to outside developers to create their own Android OS for their hardware. This type of generosity is appreciated by those who want expanded functionality on their devices that the manufacture may not provide. 

Thanks for the tip Hollow.Droid 

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well this is a good thing. I think eventually this'll be the next htc bravo/desire device that certainly sets the standard for most things.

Samsung UK have been giving away SGSII like its going out of fashion, but massive props to Samsung for giving them to the modding community, bravo!

First HTC says they will unlock the bootloader, then Samsung give the team a S2? What's next? Apple & MS unlocking their devices? LOL

naap51stang said,
First HTC says they will unlock the bootloader, then Samsung give the team a S2? What's next? Apple & MS unlocking their devices? LOL

What HTC say and end up doing are complete different things. Samsung tested the water with their previous devices and now they're ready to embrace the whole scene.

cm7 brought my phone back to life, if it wasnt for them id still be stuck on the ****ty 2.2froyo rom now my phone is on 2.3.3 and running it great, good move by samsung

shinji257 said,
Still waiting on good solid builds for my Samsung Captivate.

I know what you mean, running Nightly #19 now on my phone and it's shows it's early development

Wow, HTC and Samsung that have gone 180 and given props too the root groups. Wonder if they finally realized it's a lot easier to compete with Apple if they don't lock stuff down.

thornz0 said,
Wow, HTC and Samsung that have gone 180 and given props too the root groups. Wonder if they finally realized it's a lot easier to compete with Apple if they don't lock stuff down.

No HTC did a 360. Samsung did a 180. HTC originally embraced the hackers with windows mobile 5,6,6.5 etc. this led to xda-devs being started up. more recently with a couple of android phones HTC dumbly locked the bootloader and this led to outcry as if they were killing babies in the streets, which then led to the CEO getting on facebook and saying that future phones would not be locked, however he couldnt commit to unlocking the locked phones via a download (lame). Samsung never did go down a hole, they just sailed straight until this move which is going up (if you catch those metaphors). Sure sammy is crappy when is the worst when it comes to updates, but since all OEMs skin android who isnt slow?

im not a fan of cm7 roms but i do like aosp in general. this is a great move by samsung and i will for sure buy this phone when it hits sprint later this summer as rumored.

Beyon_Godlike said,
Wish the galaxy fascinate would even get 2.3.4...were on 2.2 and no cyanogen

Installed CyanogenMod 7 on my Captivate this weekend. Had a Nexus One (then other HTC Android phones) but I switched to Windows Phone to test the waters. It's not bad but man I was missing some stuff badly! Anyways, i'm using Nightly #19 now and it works but as to be expected there are some bugs. It's a little sluggish sometimes and battery life not that great. Now I just got this phone, I didn't even use it with stock and it was used so I dunno how good the battery life was before but something is definitely sucking some battery though. Checked the battery status page and it just shows the normal stuff like Display and Voice Calls using up most of the power but man it's sucking it down fast!

I'm not sure, but I think some apps don't even show on the battery usage page. I had something drain 30% of the battery in an hour while screen was off, and nothing unusual showed up on Battery usage page. Never did figure out what it was, never happened again since.

SHoTTa35 said,

Installed CyanogenMod 7 on my Captivate this weekend. Had a Nexus One (then other HTC Android phones) but I switched to Windows Phone to test the waters. It's not bad but man I was missing some stuff badly! Anyways, i'm using Nightly #19 now and it works but as to be expected there are some bugs. It's a little sluggish sometimes and battery life not that great. Now I just got this phone, I didn't even use it with stock and it was used so I dunno how good the battery life was before but something is definitely sucking some battery though. Checked the battery status page and it just shows the normal stuff like Display and Voice Calls using up most of the power but man it's sucking it down fast!

the captivate is supported but not the fascinate sadly..

It's good but it's not without reasons. Samsung devices running Android have had generally unfavorable opinions from dev groups/homebrew scene. Samsung usually drops support almost immediately requiring the homebrew scene but the devices are generally harder to root, thus less people working on them. Samsung seems to be trying to remedy their Android woes but putting the onus on the user rather than them or the cell companies.

Davo said,
It's good but it's not without reasons. Samsung devices running Android have had generally unfavorable opinions from dev groups/homebrew scene. Samsung usually drops support almost immediately requiring the homebrew scene but the devices are generally harder to root, thus less people working on them. Samsung seems to be trying to remedy their Android woes but putting the onus on the user rather than them or the cell companies.

They signed up along with a few other big manufacturers to guarantee at least 18 months worth of updates (To their new devices) if the hardware suffices.

this is not only for samsung though, all manufacturers produces these so-called "dead-end android phones" which usually are the low-end ones. if you want to properly enjoy android, buy a high-end one then. i've seen a lot of people who buys low-end android phones then expect iphone-ish like performance just because it has "android" in it.

Nice. I have been interested in trying Cyanogenmod, but I'm worried about finding replacements to some of my favourite HTC-made apps, especially the keyboard - it's great, and the Mobile toggle widget (which afaik is HTC made) that disables 3G only, leaving cell enabled.

Salty Wagyu said,
Nice. I have been interested in trying Cyanogenmod, but I'm worried about finding replacements to some of my favourite HTC-made apps, especially the keyboard - it's great, and the Mobile toggle widget (which afaik is HTC made) that disables 3G only, leaving cell enabled.

There are a TON of those widgets available and plenty of keyboards available.

You can also transplant the HTC keyboard too. I couldn't tell you how to do it myself, but I know that (for the Desire at least), there are tutorials and downloads available to bring the HTC input stuff into CyanogenMod and other variants. To be honest though, since I upgraded to android 2.3, I haven't event slightly missed any of the HTC stuff.

Salty Wagyu said,
Nice. I have been interested in trying Cyanogenmod, but I'm worried about finding replacements to some of my favourite HTC-made apps, especially the keyboard - it's great, and the Mobile toggle widget (which afaik is HTC made) that disables 3G only, leaving cell enabled.

HTC Keyboard: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=663608
Works great. Though I personally prefer Swype.
Extended Controls: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.extendedcontrols
Can be configured to be 1x1, 1x2, 1x3, or 1x4 with a variety of different options available. I use it to control wifi, 3G, GPS, etc. It's a bit different than what you were talking about and costs $2, but it is WELL worth it.

I love sense and all, but CM is so clean and Gingerbread is really nice. I've switched to it on my HTC Incredible and am not looking back.

Salty Wagyu said,
Nice. I have been interested in trying Cyanogenmod, but I'm worried about finding replacements to some of my favourite HTC-made apps, especially the keyboard - it's great, and the Mobile toggle widget (which afaik is HTC made) that disables 3G only, leaving cell enabled.

Its OK........Sometimes it feels............"weak" although Im not sure if that the word I want.

"For Android, CyanogenMod has quickly become the Android OS of choice for many users who have rooted their device."

Source??

vincent said,
Awesome
They are being Awesome just like Microsoft. Brandon Watson sent GeoHotz a WP7 personally.

FMH said,
They are being Awesome just like Microsoft. Brandon Watson sent GeoHotz a WP7 personally.

The Microsoft fanboyism is strong with this one.

SuperHans said,

The Microsoft fanboyism is strong with this one.


well its true, but if MS does it... its 'suposed to be'. but if other companies do it is 'awesome-o 2000'