Samsung gives the CyanogenMod crew a Galaxy S II, says to fire at will
posted by Daniel P. / Jun 08, 2011, 3:33 AM
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?
- 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)
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.
posted on Jun 08, 2011, 9:38 AM 1
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...
posted on Jun 08, 2011, 8:46 PM 1
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
posted on Jun 08, 2011, 4:44 AM 1
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.
posted on Jun 08, 2011, 6:35 AM 3
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!!
posted on Jun 08, 2011, 7:02 AM 1
Posts: 153; 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.
posted on Jun 08, 2011, 7:41 AM 4
when will this be released on us carriers!!!! tired of waiting for this beast while the rest of the world enjoys it :(
posted on Jun 08, 2011, 9:03 AM 1
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
posted on Jun 08, 2011, 9:09 AM 0
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.
posted on Jun 08, 2011, 10:05 AM 1
Posts: 592; 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.
posted on Jun 08, 2011, 12:00 PM 1
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