Back when we took a quick look at the Samsung Galaxy S III at Samsung Unpacked 2012, we immediately knew that the device’s proprietary software would surely be appreciated by the community. While we’ve seen various parts of the TouchWiz-laden UI ported to other devices, some lucky SGS3 owners actually prefer vanilla AOSP over Samsung’s heavily skinned variant.
For those who haven’t been following development progress on the device, XDA Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire first rooted the SGS3, sight-unseen, about a month ago. Not too long after, he released CF-Root and an unofficial version of ClockworkMod for the device.
Thanks to XDA Recognized Developer XpLoDWilD of Team Hacksung fame, we now have official CyanogenMod 9 nightlies on Samsung’s latest flagship, enabling people to get a piece of the vanilla Android pie without intrusion from Samsung. The ROM itself is highly functional, though the following minor issues should be noted:
- FM Radio: currently not supported, try Spirit FM from market
- Using flash in camera causes problems.
- LED is not being lit when charging.
Those looking to get their fix of CM9 goodness should head over to the release thread.
[Big thanks to XDA Forum Moderator babijoee for the tip!]