Samsung gives the CyanogenMod crew a Galaxy S II, says to fire at will
One of them is Atinm, part of the ultra-popular CyanogenMod crew, who bragged on Twitter about getting his free phone in the mail from Samsung.
ROM modding has been a favorite way to unlock additional features in your phone, get rid of carriers' bloatware, or simply mix and match the looks and functionality of a smartphone to your liking, since the dawn of Windows Mobile devices. With the advent of Android, custom ROMs, and especially Cyanogen, have sometimes become the only way to get timely updates to newer versions of Google's mobile OS, with the carriers taking their sweet time and all.
Samsung, however, just took things to a whole new level sending the guy that worked on the Vibrant and Captivate CM7 projects a free Galaxy S II to toy with. With other talented modders reportedly getting their Samsung Galaxy S II units too, this might as well prove a killer strategy by the company. A phone's popularity with the modding community sometimes ensures years of healthy interest in a given handset by customers as well (think the G1). The recent trend of Sony Ericsson, Motorola and HTC all vouching to unlock their bootloaders only confirms that manufacturers are awaking to that fact.
What do you think, will this move by Samsung make a hot Android handset even hotter?
1. Adi (unregistered)
luv tat move.
20. AndroidTroll (Posts: 359; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)
yeah big companies are just now understanding how big the rooting community is. There are hundreds of thousands of devices running CM7 so Samsung wants their phone to be supported in order to get those customers.
27. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
it is smart. but i wish they (and microsoft) would make the people sign a non-disclosure agreement... cause it just doesnt seem right for them to openly give a free thing to hackers... but in private its alright...
2. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
wow Sammy, you guys have earned some points with me. o:
4. Faffy (unregistered)
I can't believe this! I think its the best and boldest move by any manufacturer ever. It just comes to show how different they think from Apple. This is going to make their popularity sky rocket! Good job Sammy ;)
5. Sniggly (Posts: 6496; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Well, one thing Apple can't sue Samsung over is copying their policies toward rooters and modders.
6. trendsbze (unregistered)
I was so pissed at Samsung yesterday for not allowing me to register my Galaxy Tab, in my home country USA because I bought it in Italy while travelling. This is such a bad policy for an international company as big as Samsung.
Now today I am hugging and kissing them for this bold move. I have been with windows for many many years due to its strong ROM DEV community.
Way to go Samsung. NOW CAN I REGISTER MY GALAXY TAB. I DON'T SPEAK ITALIAN. PRETTY PLEASE
7. Gary5 (unregistered)
Cool. Samsung just went from a brand I would not consider to maybe my next phone.
8. TDroid21 (Posts: 70; Member since: 04 Apr 2011)
I like sammy's move to gain more interest points not only from devs but to consumers. Developers and modders have a very high influence toward potential buyers in thier decision making on what handset to buy.
This shuold put samsung a step ahaed from its competitors.
28. WakaFlakaD (Posts: 353; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)
Samsung is already ahead from its competitors. Not just cell phone sector, how about television?
9. bling bling (unregistered)
aye sammy , SEND ME ONE AND I WILL NEVER BUY ANOTHER PHONE PLEASE HEHE
10. aries.phills (Posts: 113; Member since: 17 May 2011)
This is really cool. an't wait to get my SGS II.
11. bubba78 (Posts: 54; Member since: 23 May 2011)
This will help them to continue to break sales records with this phone. I will be buying myself a SGS II when it is released on Verizon. I just hope that the Verizon version has LTE! Awesome move Samsung!!
22. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
it won't have LTE, it'll compromise the design too much.
14. Knicknevin (Posts: 135; Member since: 18 Mar 2011)
This I do believe just affirmed my desire to get the SG2 over the Bionic (even though the name Function is horrible).
I tip my hat to you, Sammy.
17. vantenkiest (Posts: 308; Member since: 20 Apr 2011)
lol i still cal the fascinate my galaxy s phone lol
ill do the same with this one coming up
15. protozeloz (Posts: 5328; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
that's a great move... Samsung is sure targeting every point with android
16. sweetlou (unregistered)
when will this be released on us carriers!!!! tired of waiting for this beast while the rest of the world enjoys it :(
18. vantenkiest (Posts: 308; Member since: 20 Apr 2011)
late summer is the earliest so from maybe september to early 2012
19. vantenkiest (Posts: 308; Member since: 20 Apr 2011)
Well I know that the Galaxy s 2 is going to be great and touch wiz 4.0 looks a lot better than what they have put out. and CM will update a lot as they seem to have been doing since they started. SO the problem of sammy not updating the Galaxy s Phones in the us may not matter.
I am SOOOOOO EXCITED
21. TyDeL (unregistered)
Wow, definitely an awesome move. I was on the fence with Samsung, but this is a huge move towards putting the company in a great light to know that they'll openly support the mod community. It's making me question going with my current phone choice and debate holding off for the SGS2. If that phone was available next week in the States, I'd buy it without a seconds hesitation.
24. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)
thats pretty Cool, now im for sure going to get that phone once its here!!
25. Larry_ThaGr81 (Posts: 294; Member since: 26 May 2011)
I knew it was only a matter of time before phone manufacturers started realizing that they were only shooting themselves in the foot. Way to go HTC for unlocking the boot loaders on your products, and big shot out to Samsung for raising the bar and giving away their products to some of the biggest developers in the rooting community for them to customize. It's truly a win for both the phone manufacturers and customers. I've heard that Motorola plans to unlock their boot loaders, but they've lost this customer forever because of the strong stance they've taken against unlocked boot loaders to begin with. It may very well be too late for them to gain back the customers they've lost over the locked boot loaders, but only time will tell.
29. Путешествия|отд (unregistered)
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