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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RE: Samsung Good
by phoenix on Tue 19th Mar 2013 21:20 UTC in reply to "Samsung Good"
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Original Galaxy S: great for running/developing custom ROMs.

Some Galaxy S2 models: great for running/dev custom ROMs.
Other Galaxy S2 models: crap for custom ROMs

Some Galaxy S3 models: great for running/dev custom ROMs.
Other Galaxy S3 models: crap for custom ROMs

See the pattern yet?

If the Galaxy device uses a Qualcomm SoC, then it's fairly easy to get/dev ROMs for it. Some things may not work, but the basics are there.

If the Galaxy device uses a Samsung SoC, good luck getting drivers for it.

Oh, and Sony provides all the tools you need to unlock the bootloader. There's even a simple website with all the info, straight from Sony. Granted, the carrier has the option of removing support for easy-unlocking of the bootloader. But there's even methods to get around that, all nicely documented.

Surprisingly, Sony has become very custom ROM developer-friendly since the release of the 2011 Xperia phones.

2012 LG phones are also surprisingly easy to develop for. In fact, there's even a free (or $1 donation) app in the Play store to unlock the bootloader on the Optimus G (Freegee app). Does it get any easier than that? ;)

Edited 2013-03-19 21:23 UTC

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