Samsung Helps Hackers & Devs with Free Galaxy S2: Bold Move

Here at OSM we haven’t even tried to hide our enthusiasm for the Samsung Galaxy S2 or S II smartphone. This is simply a great handset and we have just become aware of an inspiring story that Samsung is actually helping out hackers and developers by sending out a free Galaxy S2 phone or even phones, in what looks to be a really bold move.

Among our most recent articles on the Galaxy S2 we’ve given you details of a US release unlocked on Amazon, the Galaxy S2 coming to Sprint, a SmartView TV app, and the fact that the HTC EVO 3D will have at least a months head start on sales against the Galaxy S2. You may also be interested in our review roundup for the phone to see why we’re so excited. As far as today’s story goes, we had to check it twice to make sure we’d got it right but it seems we have. Samsung has actually given at least one free Galaxy S2 to the CyanogenMod developers team, according to John Scheible over on Android Community.

CyanogenMod is a variant of the Android OS that is used by many phone modifiers and Atinm, one of the developers on the team tweeted his shock at the welcome surprise of the Samsung gift by saying he’d never bad-mouth Samsung again, understandably perhaps! The recent decision from HTC to stop locking bootloaders was a welcome boost to CyanogenMod and this show of support from Samsung will certainly go down well with modifiers and displays a willingness to keep influential developers on board.

Gareth Beavis over on TechRadar also reports on Samsung’s notable move and points out that although at first, this seems like an odd move on Samsung’s part, especially considering its Touchwiz 4.0 overlay, the fact that Samsung is prepared to give a hand rather than try to impede the coding community should be commended. It would be nice to think that more manufacturers might sit up and take notice of Samsung’s decision but we’ll have to wait and see on that one.

Are you amazed by Samsung’s welcome gift to developers? Would you be impressed if other big names followed in the same direction? Let us know your thoughts by sending us your comments.