On Tuesday, several members of the CyanogenMod group — all from the team that develops for Samsung devices — confirmed that they would not be developing custom CyanogenMod ROMs for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S4. The announcement led many to believe that CyanogenMod wouldn’t be coming to Samsung’s new flagship at all, but that possibility hasn’t been ruled out just yet.
CyanogenMod has since issued a statement on its Google+ page to say that it hasn’t ruled out support for the Galaxy S4 just yet, and it won’t be providing us with an official stance on the device until it launches.
You can read that statement below:
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 there you have it. Yesterday’s news was a little premature, and there’s still hope for running CyanogenMod on the Galaxy S4 yet. Having said that, if Team Hacksung — the team that develops CM for other Samsung devices — isn’t behind it, then it doesn’t look too promising.
We’ll be sure to update you on CyanogenMod for the Galaxy S4 when the handset launches next month, and the CM team has announced its official stance.