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PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless This past week and this weekend I've finally found the time to enter into the colorful world of custom Android ROMs. After figuring out just how insanely great and awesome ClockWorkMod Recovery is, I set about to figure out what the best Ice Cream Sandwich ROM is for the Galaxy SII. While the answer to that question became clear quite quickly, this answer also gave rise to a whole bunch of other questions.
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RE: Absolutely.
by MORB on Mon 19th Mar 2012 02:08 UTC in reply to "Absolutely. "
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I'd also like to note that cyanogen himself ( Steve Kondik's nickname) is actually employed now by samsung.

They also sent over free galaxy II's to the cyanogenmod team. Which explains why the galaxy II was so quickly supported after release.

Reading various comments from the people who are working on the SII port of CM9 it doesn't seem samsung actually provides much support to CM, if at all. They had to do quite a bit of reverse engineering to make things work. Samsung haven't released their ICS kernel sources yet, so CM9 have to use samsung's pre-built kernel from the official version of ICS.

Among other things, this is why they had lots of trouble to make video playback work, and why video recording still doesn't work.

As a SII owner myself, I'm just puzzled by what samsung did to their version of ICS. The hardware and physical design are fantastic, and then they ruin it by doing all ugly mess on top of ICS. They even go to the trouble of altering the default theme for no good reason, replacing stylish monochromatic icons with ugly multicolored ones, replacing the blue color with puke green, etc.

Samsung's version of ICS and their version of gingerbread before that both feel like they don't belong on that phone. CM9's look and feel is on the other hand a perfect match.

Too bad it's not just like that out of the box.

Edited 2012-03-19 02:11 UTC

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RE[2]: Absolutely.
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Mon 19th Mar 2012 04:00 in reply to "RE: Absolutely. "
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Yet there is a CM9 build for the galaxy II, and not for any recent Motorola phones . That isn't by chance. I understand Samsung doesn't do everything for the CM team, but it doesn't /hasn't done nothing either.

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RE[3]: Absolutely.
by player911 on Mon 19th Mar 2012 17:55 in reply to "RE[2]: Absolutely. "
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Motorola has nothing to do with Samsung. If your wondering why Motorola has little dev support and no custom roms, perhaps you need to Google why no one likes Motorola.

*hint: because they lock and encrypt their bootloaders so developing isn't possible.

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