Samsung gives the CyanogenMod crew a Galaxy S II, says to fire at will

Samsung gives the CyanogenMod crew a Galaxy S II, says to fire at will
Can you say trailblazer here? Samsung not only looks on the other side when developers make custom ROMs for its phones, it actually started sending a free Galaxy S II to select modders to play around with.

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 functionalityof 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?

via PocketNow

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Galaxy S II
  • Display 4.3" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 4 Dual, Dual-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1650 mAh(9.00h 3G talk time)



1. Adi unregistered

luv tat move.

20. AndroidTroll

Posts: 359; Member since: Mar 05, 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: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 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: May 10, 2010

wow Sammy, you guys have earned some points with me. o:

3. xenover

Posts: 174; Member since: May 27, 2011

Heh, brilliant :D

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: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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: Apr 04, 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: 576; Member since: Apr 30, 2011

Samsung is already ahead from its competitors. Not just cell phone sector, how about television?

9. bling bling unregistered


10. aries.phills

Posts: 161; Member since: May 17, 2011

This is really cool. an't wait to get my SGS II.

11. bubba78

Posts: 57; Member since: May 23, 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: May 10, 2010

it won't have LTE, it'll compromise the design too much.

14. Knicknevin

Posts: 154; Member since: Mar 18, 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: 316; Member since: Apr 20, 2011

lol i still cal the fascinate my galaxy s phone lol ill do the same with this one coming up

15. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 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: 316; Member since: Apr 20, 2011

late summer is the earliest so from maybe september to early 2012

19. vantenkiest

Posts: 316; Member since: Apr 20, 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. Awesome.


Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

thats pretty Cool, now im for sure going to get that phone once its here!!

25. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 593; Member since: May 26, 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

You have really interesting blog, keep up posting such informative posts!

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