With the title of “Worlds Longest Name for a Smartphone” already in the bag, the Sprint Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch (SSGS2E4GT) has become known as the SGS2′s Red-Headed Stepchild. Back when Samsung released the US variants of the SGS2 i9100, the E4GT was the first to appear. However, it has taken the longest to receive official ICS from Samsung. Coupled with taking longer to receive official CM9 love, and you have a device that seems to have been forgotten.
XDA Recognized Developer darchstar has done a great job, with the help of the rest of Team Epic CM, in continuing to work on CM9 for the E4GT without much help, naturally, from Sprint and Samsung. After months of leaks, Sprint started rolling out the FF18 ICS OTA and Samsung released the kernel source—two essential elements in getting to an official CM9 for the device.
Now that Team Epic CM has had a chance to look over the published code, they have posted a status update on their team blog:
- Team Epic dev mkasick has been working on porting kexec support for the source kernel similar to the Gingerbread based directbootCWM kexec kernel released earlier.
- Team Epic dev nubecoder has been working on an FF18 temp boot utility similar to the EL29 temp boot released earlier. This will allow for prl and profile updates, recalibrating sensors, device activations, gps locks, etc, while on a CM build for those who need it.
- Team Epic dev chris41g has also been working on getting the source kernel booting and integrating it into the CM build process. He has also updated the custom recovery from CWM5 to Koush’s latest, CWM6. Along with that, the emmc brick bug has been patched making it safe to wipe, flash, backup and restore in.