Although there’s talk of CM10 around the web, developers aren’t quite done yet getting CyanogenMod 9 on as many phones as possible. With the first release candidate for CM9 released, developers have a great code base to bring an AOSP-derived experience to other devices. One such build is for the Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE.
XDA Recognized Developer and Retired Senior Moderator dsixda is responsible for bringing CM9 to the highly underrated device. Despite not being the most popular version of the Galaxy S II, the port is very well done, with only a few minor issues. The list of current things working include:
- Adobe Flash
- Play Store
- Hardware acceleration in browser
- Orientation sensor (model AK8975)
- Gyroscope (model K3G)
- Accelerometer (model K3DH)
- Audio from speaker
- Video playback
- YouTube (including HD videos)
- USB mass storage
- Rear camera (model M5MO) takes photos, and uses flash
- Bluetooth (and A2DP)
- 3G/HSPA/LTE Data
- SMS send/receive
- Headphone audio
- Torch app
- USB tethering
- Wi-Fi hotspot
- Lights on capacitive buttons
- Proximity sensor (model TAOS) for phone
- Ambient light sensor (model TAOS)
- Internal and external (micro) SD card access (Note: Internal SD is under /mnt/emmc, micro SD is ‘sdcard’)
- CPU frequency is being reported correctly as 1512MHz
- Backlight Notification (BLN)
- MHL (compiled into kernel but not tried yet)
And the very short list of things not working:
- Front camera (model SiliconFile SR200PC20M) – Disabled for now; requires Samsung ICS update or ICS binaries from a phone that has the same sensor (I have yet to find one)
Although the feature list is impressive, this is still labeled as an alpha build. In other words, there may be unreported bugs in addition to the front facing camera. That said, the ROM can definitely be used as a daily driver for anyone who’s craving ICS on the Galaxy S II HD LTE. It should be noted that this will not work on any other device except for the Galaxy S II HD LTE, including any other version of the Galaxy S II. Of course, any developers who want to assist in squashing the remaining issues is more than welcome to do so.
For additional details, check out the original thread.
June 15, 2012 By: Will Verduzco
Not that many people have heard of the Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE. This device is quite similar to the AT&T Galaxy S II Skyrocket, but as its name implies, features a Super AMOLED HD display. In fact, other than the display resolution differences, the two devices are nearly identical, down to the Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 processor.
Despite the similarities, root methods and recovery software is incompatible across devices. Luckily, this is where XDA Recognized Developer dsixda, of DSIXDA ROM Kitchen fame, comes in. Thanks to his work, the device now has root, recovery, and a mildly debloated custom ROM.
The recovery itself comes in the form of an unofficial port of ClockworkMod Recovery v220.127.116.11. Installation is just a quick ODIN flash away, and once you’ve installed that you can install dsixda’s debloated and prerooted ROM. And if you’re after an even more debloated ROM, XDA Senior Member markdexter has taken dsixda’s base and modified that further with a greater debloat and slight theme changes.
[Thanks to markdexter and dsixda for the tips!]