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Samsung Becoming Easier to Like, Gives CyanogenMod Dev a Galaxy S II

For those of you that follow us on Twitter, you probably saw us retweet a message about this some 6 hours ago, but we wanted to make sure that everyone caught it.  It appears now as if Samsung has decided that it wants to be the greatest dev-friendly phone manufacturer in the Android game and has taken an impressive first step by sending over a Galaxy S II for the CyanogenMod team to start working on.  Pretty nice gesture, I’d say.  

How is everyone feeling about Samsung these days?  We’ve seen them release source code faster than anyone in the last couple of months, but are you buying into them?  Did they burned you too many times with the original Galaxy S series or is it time that we start to open our arms to their products again?

Via:  Twitter

  • http://twitter.com/davidmota davidmota

    O Snap!

  • Rocktoonz

    On the surface this seems like great news.  But playing Devil’s Advocate here, with their dubious history of not getting their phones updated fast enough, could this be their way of doing that by bypassing the carrier completely?  Think about it….give phones to ROM devs, release phone, let the devs update the software for them.  Would be a huge cost savings for Samsung not to have to pay devs to do what is already being done for free.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25001493 Hank Godwin

    I’ll take a SGII, even if I need to switch networks.  With my wife’s plan running month to month and mine ending in July, it might be time to look at T-Mobile and Sprint as more open options.  I’ve had Verizon for many many years, but they are locking down pretty tight here lately.

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  • RW-1

    I’m not going to mention “The Tool” in this thread, that’s a given. :)

    Here is a point to consider though.

    Manufacturers unlock bootloaders, etc.

    Carriers don’t buy their devices – We can’t use those devices on said networks.

    Whether or not that comes to pass, don’t know, but ALL the manufacturers need to be on the same page to regain control over the carriers, it has gone way too far.

    It’s still fun to watch the merger of TM and ATT, because the comittee is asking for a example of how their bills are going to go down in savings.

    Savings are to the carrier, not to us.

    Moto – Better learn from your competition, because no one is going to want to deal with you, hopefully your other divisions can make up for the loss of the mobile division.

  • http://twitter.com/timberwolfkw Kyle Wilkins

    HTC – Unlocks bootloader
    Samsung – Sends CyanogenMod a SGS2
    Motorola – your move (It’ll probably be pushed back due to game plan adjustments and a hardy soak test first).

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KTGKBDMFNMTHTXUT3ILVEUOKEE matts

    Wow.. didn’t expect to hear that. If Verizon can push out an LTE version in a timely manner (yeah right) this will be my next phone. I’ve always been impressed of the Sammy super amoled anyways. 

  • thesaber2000

    Sweet, any chance they would give me one?!……….yeah i didnt think so either.

  • Anonymous

    Who cares if Samsung is slow to update their devices as long as they are open to having ROMs such as Cyanogen!   This is great news.  

  • Anonymous

    tinyurl.com/2a7usxg

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know why people in the U.S. still bag on Samsung for the update situation when it is obvious it is the carriers holding this up. In Europe and Asia the Galaxy S was updated pretty quickly to 2.2. and was the first phone outside of the Nexus line to get Gingerbread.  Blame T-Mobile, at&t, Verizon, and Sprint, not Samsung.

    That being said hope this means Cyanogen and other serious ROMs are quick to come.  The Galaxy S2 is almost universally seen as the best Android phone out right now.  I personally wish it wasn’t made of cheap plastic, but that is a small price to pay for the specs and polish that the SGS2 brings.

    • Inkster09

      Finally somegets it. It is vzw holding EVERYTHING up

  • Baked14

    htc +1

    samsung +1

    moto -5

    • Inkster09

      I hate having to keep saying vzw and motor is not gonna do well. The reps actually laughed at me about skinnless and bloatless devices.

  • Anonymous

    After my captivate, I doubt I’ll ever leave the HTC camp

  • JD

    Damn it, I want this phone already. I’m willing to drop Verizon if it doesn’t come with LTE or if it takes them months after the other carriers to get it.

  • http://twitter.com/jaydorsey1978 Jay Dorsey

    other than their half-assed attempt to kang the iOS interface with TouchWiz, I think Samsung makes some darned nice hardware. I’d love to see their nexus device on Big Red, but I know that’s wishful thinking.

  • Anonymous

    Samsung seems to be looking to be very hacker friendly lately, which makes me happy.  They also seem to be making progress on the consumer front (fast gingerbread release), but I’m still not 100% comfortable recommending them to a person looking for a “It just works” phone.  Getting much better on that front though.

  • Anonymous

    Here I was getting excited for the revised Bionic and then Samsung goes and does this. Its going to be a tough choice if these devices come out around the same time (hopefully soon, I’m due for my upgrade next month). I like the feel of Motorola products over Samsung’s and Samsung has a spotty reputation after the Galaxy S issues, but Samsung’s open with benefits policy downright slaughters Motorola’s locked bootloader policy. A Samsung Galaxy S with CM7 seems awfully tasty whereas a locked down MotoBlur device leaves a bit of a bad aftertaste in your mouth no matter how powerful it is. Man this will be tough. Hopefully one launches way before the other so my decision is made easy.

    • JD

      The Samsung GS II is a bit more powerful than the Bionic.

  • WormDoes

    Good move by Sammy. I still don’t think I’d buy one of their devices until they 86 cheezewiz and revamp their software, though

    • Phuckin Meez

      86…how industry of you.

  • Anonymous

    You win Samsung, my next phone will be a Samsung. I’ve always been jealous of their screens, and their processors. Now I’m just jealous that they’re becoming dev friendly. Next year can’t come soon enough!

    I have a Droid X right now, its good but I’m over Motorola they’ve disappointed me (blur is a joke, stupid hump on the phone, locked bootloader, only decent screen, nothing innovative… except the Atrix but I hear that’s not perfect either)

  • http://profiles.google.com/shailey32 shaun hailey

    N, i, c, e……………… I just hope that CM would focus on making a nice clean sm-o-o-th ROM that particularly takes  —-> advantage <—-   of that Blazzing 1.2GHz dual-core chip.

  • http://twitter.com/mfg68 MFG

    I’d love for my Charge to get CM7 someday.

    • Inkster09

      Cyanogen already said he won’t touch vzw phones or something to that effect. There is no cm7 on vzw devices correct me if I’m wrong.

      • Mevestalloy

        Nope, there’s support for the Incredible, Original Droid, the Hero, and the Galaxy S phones(though not sure if there is a Fascinate specific release – or a need for one)

  • DBK

    Damn it, why does it have to look so much like the iphone? Grrrrrr……don’t know if I want…….  :/

  • blakjakdavy

    Impressed, but I’d be more impressed if they came out with a no more locked bootloaders announcement like HTC. If the GS2 Shows up on Verizon with a locked/encrypted bootloader, none of this matters to Verizon customers.

  • Stephen D

    Samsung is definitely turning things around. The Galaxy S2 has already had like 4 updates, and the i9000 Galaxy S had GB before any other non-Nexus device. And the fact that it is open and Samsung is encouraging devs to dev on it makes me want one even more. Forget the Bionic. Verizon needs one now. 

  • sbd

    sold!

  • Anonymous

    As soon as the SGS2 comes States side I’m all over it.  The hardware on this phone is the bees knees, and Samsung has left it unlocked and is actually encouraging devs to have at it.  It can’t get here soon enough.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=797475274 Nadeem Najib Kizi

    did they burn* not burned
    just saying..

  • Rizzidy

    No surprises here.  Sammy made the Nexus S.

    • Anonymous

      And the Galaxy S; one of the fastest updated phones. Just because the US carriers f’d the Galaxy S in the a doesn’t mean that Samsung is slow with updates.

    • Anonymous

      And the Galaxy S; one of the fastest updated phones. Just because the US carriers f’d the Galaxy S in the a doesn’t mean that Samsung is slow with updates.

    • Mrpicolas

      They also made the fascinate and continuum.. which were not so good. And the charge is still rfs and not ext 4 like the nexus s.

      • Anonymous

        I don’t get why Samsung is still using that horrible file system, they MUST know it sucks… Samsung’s hardware is amazing, but man their software developers suck donkey balls….

        • Guest

          sometimes, you know it’s out of the developer’s hands?  product managers, ui designers make a lot of decisions like that.  their developers are actually top notch and write great code.

          If you knew anything about software development you’d realize this and not make ridiculous statements like that.

          • RW-1

            Why not just say in addition to unlocking it, that allows users to put their own OS / UI on the unit … And Samsung saves $$$ because they could just go with native Android as well. Go all in ….

      • Lloyd

        Root and replace it

        • Inkster09

          I’ve found rooting vzw devices really improves nothing except being able to load root apps

      • Lloyd

        Root and replace it

      • Lloyd

        Root and replace it

  • DBK

    O.O

    *ques up Twilight Zone music*

  • Ioannis Stasinopoulos

    Good idea, now use an use an LTE-compatible receiver in it and I’m sold!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Forte/542650247 Michael Forte

    Samsung may have the best screens but how can people stand their plastic phones? A big reason why I’m such a Moto fan. They make a solid piece of hardware and the Bionic looks nice!

    • Anonymous

      I actually prefer plastic to metal (having used both). Better signal strength, lighter, and very resistant to shock damage. I don’t really see the downside, other than perception of being cheaper (and if you’re in it to look better at the club, buy an iPhone).

      • http://twitter.com/AndroidEcko Bonifacio

        an iPhone will not make you “look better” at a club…maybe at your kid’s soccer game, but not a club.

        Better signal strength?  Is the metal being used a special “signal jamming” alloy?  or is it simple aluminum?

        very resistant to shock damage?  How so? Its plastic, not rubber.  I would “Slightly” resistant to shock damage.  All phones should be able to survive being dropped from about waist height.  If you put any more shock on your phone, perhaps this is more up your alley:   http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/store/controller?&item=phoneFirst&action=viewPhoneDetail&selectedPhoneId=5634&deviceCategoryId=1

      • DBK

        It may be resistant to shock damage, but it’s no where near as resistant to physical damage as the Moto phones are. They may suck at software, but their hardware is top notch.

        • Movieaddct

          i thought tmobil wasnt getting the sgs2???

    • Anonymous

      I’ll take a plasticy phone that I can treat as I choose and with the best internals on the market over a rehash of a rehash of a phone with a locked bootloader. :)

      • Inkster09

        Well said

    • RW-1

      Other than the OG, which one of them is not plastic? None.

    • Inkster09

      So what’s its plastics? Its what running inside that counts

  • Cjreyes666

    If they release GB for the Charge before the Tbolt then I’ll start believing on Samsung.

  • Kierra

    Sammy is being a conscious effort to entice you hardcore techies Moto is NOT. Moto  has drawn its line in the sand quit whining 

    • Kierra

      *giving

    • Anonymous

      Couldn’t agree more. Dissapointed to see Moto use their previous DROID line to simply slowly suck us into another line of locked down devices. They sold is on the “anti-iphone “I and now they becoming the very thing they were pretending to not be.

    • Inkster09

      Your right kierra vzw devices are perfect for your average consumer. But this is Droid life a site dedicated to techies. So the whining will continue sorry

  • CaptainHowdy

    I’ve always used there TV’s. Id be willing to try out a phone by them, there screens are quite amazing

  • Mr.Joe

    So when is the American Galaxy S II coming then?

  • Anonymous

    Now Sammy needs to give S II to verizon.

    • Anonymous

      It’s coming.

      • Anonymous

         You tease.

        • Mr.Joe

          Not really.  We all know it’s coming to vzw, sprint, tmobile, and AT&T.  

          The real question is when.  

          It’s kind of like me saying “Droid 4 is coming in around 10 months”.  We all know it is but not when.

          • Anonymous

            “Not really.  We all know it’s coming to vzw, sprint, tmobile, and AT&T. ”

            No shit?

          • Anonymous

            Yeah, was reported a few weeks ago. Will come to all the major carriers in different flavors just like the original S line. Verizon’s will be called the Function and as long as it comes soon will be my next phone. The S2 has gotten sick reviews. If Samsung and Verizon really wanted to grant my wish they would stick an NFC chip in it, make it 4g, and add an HDMI port. That would probably killed the slimness though. Seriously so excited for this phone more than anything else.

          • Mr.Joe

            Sherlock. 

      • Wmsco51

        Eta? Or rumor?

      • Anonymous

        We know it’s “coming”. All I care about is that it drops before VZW drops their tiered data on us…..

        Highly doubtful though. This and the Bionic will be their “superphones” that justify the need to make things “simpler” and give more “options” to the consumer.

  • Kierra

    See Moto haters, you have Samsung :). Enjoy.  

    • Inkster09

      Lol oh we will

  • Anonymous

    Really, what the hell Motorola!!!!

  • Skinnhc

    Brownie points for Sammy

  • http://fabdroid.com Andrew Xie

    Let’s not forget this is the International version of the phone. No idea how (if) the US carriers will maul it when it reaches the states.

    That being said, this is a great gesture. Much like T-Mobile reaching out to Cyanogen and Kmobs. I like this trend.

    • http://profiles.google.com/truemobius Jeremiah Bengtson

      You say that but i’m pretty sure the Cyanogen himself is in the US. So if they are giving him it I imagine some US carriers might not maul it like you think.

      • http://fabdroid.com Andrew Xie

        It’s not for him, but another member of the team. Also, the international version is unlocked and works on AT&T, but that doesn’t mean anything for the actual AT&T version (or Sprint, Verizon). 

        That being said, none of the Galaxy S phones were locked in the US, so we have hope :)

    • http://profiles.google.com/truemobius Jeremiah Bengtson

      You say that but i’m pretty sure the Cyanogen himself is in the US. So if they are giving him it I imagine some US carriers might not maul it like you think.

  • http://twitter.com/Rocko9999 Rocko Smith

    Yeah, it can report back with hardware bugs and save Samsung a ton of R and D money.

  • Max

    Sooooooooo when is Verizon getting this? :-D

    • Wmsco51

      Same here when is galaxy s2 coming to verizon we need snoops for the scoop

      • Inkster09

        Cm team is gonna absolutely destroy and manipulate it into a monster device. They are change how android should be.

        • Inkster09

          They are gonna gonna change. Man I need more practice typing nexus’s keyboard. And boy does it show.