Android’s mobile operating system is supposedly an open source platform, right? High-tech electronics giant Samsung, maker of some of the most popular Android smartphones on the market today, is apparently embracing the open standards philosophy of Android. The company recently showed some love to the aftermarket developer community, by handing out some swag in the form of a free Galaxy S II. CyanogenMod v7.0 developer Atinm, announced his receipt of a brand spanking new Galaxy S smartphone on his Twitter account. Now, this is how a true open source project should function. Aftermarket developers should be encouraged and supported.
CyanogenMod is an active community of developers devoted to creating aftermarket firmware for mobile phones running on Android. Atinm worked on porting CyanogenMod v7.0 to Samsung phones Captivate and Vibrant. Now, he’s busy developing the popular firmware for the Galaxy S II.
After receiving his free Galaxy S II, Atinm vowed to never talk trash about Samsung ever again.
“Woot! Just received the SGS2 from Samsung so we can work on CyanogenMod for it! You will not hear me bad-mouth Samsung again. ,” tweeted Atinm.
Manufacturers of Android devices seem to finally be catching on to the fact that Android is an open source platform. Recently HTC decided to unlock the bootloader on its Evo 3D Android device, following in the footsteps of Motorola and other manufacturers. Now, Samsung is encouraging developers to port aftermarket firmware to at least, its Galaxy S II smartphone.
Engadget points out that this is not the first time a manufacturer has taken notice of the CyanogenMod community, by shipping a free device to the Android developers. In April, T-Mobile sent the folks at CyanogenMod a free G-Slate.
This is good news, right? Are you now, more likely to purchase a Samsung smartphone?
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