Plenty of websites picked up news yesterday that the famous CyanogenMod Team has claimed that it would not be developing for the just announced Samsung Galaxy S IV. The quotes cited the troubles that team had with source codes of the Samsung Galaxy S III as the main reason why it was withdrawing the support to develop for what could be one of the most successful Android devices on the market.
Team hacksung had announced that:
Nobody at team hacksung (the team behind galaxy s2, note, s3, note2, gtabs… official CM ports) plans to buy it, neither develop for it. There are two variants which will be a pain to maintain, the bugs we have on the s3 will probably be there on s4 too (camera), and we all know Samsung ability to release sources while staying in line with mainline. Yes qualcomm release sources, but exynos sources we had were far from actual galaxy products. I’m pretty sure the same will happen for this one.
That’s a uniform “no” from us.
However, it seems like either something has drastically changed or a massive U-Turn has been performed by the team because they recently updated their Google+ page with these comments:
Let’s start with the simplest form of this: CyanogenMod does not pre-announce support or lack of support for devices. Ever. Even for the Nexus 4, we did not announce support until a nightly build was available. Further, any announcement regarding the ‘dropping’ of device support will be communicated via this Google+ page, Twitter, Facebook, our blog, or a combination of those; it will not be something buried in a forum post.
This morning, a comment from a CM collaborator on XDA was taken to be as an ‘absolute’ in regards to support of the S4. He offered the opinion of four TeamHacksung maintainers, their frustrations and lack of interest in supporting the S4. What’s seemingly lost on those reading this is that his comments as anindividual do not speak for CyanogenMod as an organization.
As for the team’s stance on the S4, there isn’t one at this time, and most definitely won’t be one before the device is sold at retail.
-The CyanogenMod Team
So seems like all is not lost just as yet and we may still get the CyanogenMod ROMs for Samsung Galaxy S IV, a classic case of Media jumping all over a news without realizing the context of it. Whatever it is, we are just glad that support has not completely been abandoned even though there are frustrations at the end of CyanogenMod.