Firstly, I would like to apologize for not updating my blog for a while. There has been some work related stress and issues that left me a little demotivated to blog. I still keep up with the latest news from AndroidPolice, GSMArena and AndroidCentral. There have been some Android 4.2 issues which affects Nexus device owners (since they are the only ones who have Android 4.2 currently) but they have been covered by many sites so I didn’t feel much need to repeat them here except to say that you probably do not want to upgrade to Android 4.2 yet or be prepared to factory reset after you do. Anyways, I’ll probably do a round up later this week but we’re here to talk about the experience and story of a CM Exynos device maintainer.
And before you ask, the reply is no. I am not a CM Exynos device maintainer and not likely to be one (in the near future). However, huge credits and applause should go to those who are or were CM Exynos device maintainers like Entropy512 and codeworkx. These are some of the guys who spend countless hours of their own free unpaid time to bring you the latest and greatest of Android offerings before the OEMs. They are also the ones who bang their heads (and devices) against walls and such to fix issues and improve stability.
Recently, Entropy512 (real name Andrew Dodd) has shared his story from how he began his journey to how he ended up frustrated, exhausted and hopeless about Exynos devices future under CM. I have read it and I feel very grateful and honored that my Samsung Galaxy S2 I9100 has such great dedicated people working on it. If it wasn’t for Samsung’s screw ups, lies and broken promises, perhaps more could have been accomplished but despite all odds, Entropy512 and codeworkx has done a great deal for the community and for this, I thank them. It is also for this reason that I feel compelled to share Entropy’s story.
In my own conclusion, I will probably not purchase new Samsung phones for myself (except for Galaxy Nexus) nor recommend them highly any longer (except to basic users who don’t care). Sony is looking to be an alternative but I’m still not totally convinced that I do want to get their Xperia T or Xperia TX for certain reasons of my own. The Nexus 4 from LG is looking a solid bet except that it is hard to find one and it too has some issues (besides price and availability in Malaysia). HTC’s lineup tends to use Tegra chipsets which I’m trying to avoid due to much of the same issues that plague Exynos. The exception is the HTC One S but that phone uses an older non-Krait Qualcomm CPU in Malaysia and that turns me away.
Anyways, if you have time (its quite a lengthy read in multiple parts), please do read and understand the pain and hardship the developers have gone through before you blame them for not doing things faster/better or to your personal little liking.