Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 19th Mar 2013 11:05 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "With the Samsung Galaxy S4 presumably coming soon, many are excited about the possibility of running a more stock Android-based experience, like CyanogenMod, on the hardware. It looks like that's going to be a slower transition than many were hoping, as the current Samsung CM maintainers have said that they have no plans to support the device." If you like custom ROMs, don't buy Samsung. As simple as that.
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by far not that simple
by puidelup on Tue 19th Mar 2013 18:52 UTC
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2013-03-19

"If you like custom ROMs, don't buy Samsung. As simple as that."

It is by far not that simple.

1) samsung as a device maker is custom rom friendly. samsung as a chip maker is custom rom unfriendly.

2) galaxy s4 is not a device. it is a family of devices. galaxy S4s for US have quallcom SOC. those will run CyanogenMod just fine. international galaxy S4s with the samsung exynos SOC, those will not run AOSP based roms well or at all.

3) there will be lots of custom roms based on crapwiz. those will work ok on all S4s. tey will be a little bit debloated and maybe a little prettier than stock, but still the crapwiz i have come to detest.

The problem is that its close to impossible get AOSP (non crapwiz) to run on an exynos SOC at this time.

I got rid of my galaxy ass 3 for this reason. I miss the AMOLED screen sometimes, but that sacrifice was totally worth it. Worth the effort to import it from Germany...

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