The most famous and widely-used customized user interface for Android devices – CyanogenMod – has been declared a no-go for the brand new Samsung GALAXY S 4. This will come as a relatively large blow for Samsung if they do seek the Android hacker bid – or dollar, rather – as such a lack of support for the device from the developer community (hacker community) will result in a distinct lack of fun for those that call hacking their home. In other words, this essentially means Samsung will be selling phones to those that are happy with the way the phone works out of the box.

The announcement comes in a relatively unassuming package from Team Hacksung member XpLoDWilD who announces in an XDA Developer Forums post that unless someone goes out and does it themselves, there will be no CyanogenMod build for the Samsung GALAXY S 4 at all.

“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.” – XpLoDWilD for Team Hacksung

Team Hacksung is a sect of the larger CyanogenMod crew that creates custom software for Samsung devices. For more information on CyanogenMod, head to our fabulous CyanogenMod tag portal. As for the Samsung GALAXY S 4, you’ll want to head to the timeline below for all of our hands-on experiences, top to bottom.


The Samsung GALAXY S 4 will continue to be a contender in the smartphone universe one way or another, of that you can be sure – but for now, hacks may just fall flat.

Thanks for the tip, Jess!