Will Verduzco · May 25, 2011 at 03:00 pm

CyanogenMod 7 Port for Galaxy 5 Proves There’s Still Life in Aging Devices!

Here at XDA, it’s no secret that we love anything and everything related to our mobile devices. What happens when our beloved devices are deemed unfit for OS updates? Luckily, our wonderful developers also love shoehorning the latest and greatest software far past their device’s planned expiration date. In fact, not too long ago we brought you news of the HTC Hero rocking Sense-laden Gingerbread and even a Honeycomb SDK port.

Now, thanks to XDA forum member subpsyke, you can official add the Samsung Galaxy 5 to that list of devices that have outgrown their intended features with a quite functional port of CyanogenMod 7. Though this device was released in the middle of last year, the Galaxy 5 is quite a low end device. Seeing Gingerbread running on a 600 MHz phone with an incredibly low resolution QVGA (240 x 320) display just goes to show that anything is possible in the land of XDA.

In the words of the developer:

Working:
* GPS
* WiFi
* WiFi tethering
* 3G
* Brightness controls
* Video
* Audio (recording and playback)
* Touchscreen (no multitouch, don’t ask because I’m not working on it)
* Root
* Camera (and video recorder)
* Bluetooth
* Microphone
* SIM Contacts
* MAD Team App2SD [2]
* Swap [3]

Partially working:
* Sensors [4]
* Telephony [5]
* SIM Toolkit

Not working/unknown:
* Radio
* Kies – note: you should never expect a custom rom to work with Kies – Cyanogen or otherwise. You can always downgrade to an official ROM to restore Kies compatibility.
* Hardware encoding/decoding (video acceleration).

If you’re rocking the device and itching for an OS update, be sure to continue on to the original thread for more info!

[Thanks myshu for the tip.]
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Will Verduzco

willverduzco is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Will Verduzco is the Portal Administrator for the XDA-Developers Portal. He has been addicted to mobile technology since the HTC Wizard. But starting with the Nexus One, his gadget love affair shifted to Google's little green robot. He is also a Johns Hopkins University graduate in neuroscience and is now currently studying to become a physician. View willverduzco's posts and articles here.
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