CyanogenMod drops support for the Samsung Vibrant due to 911 problems

When the Vibrant was released last year on T-Mobile, the smartphone was adopted widely and sat at the top of the line when it came to choosing a fully featured Android device.  Needless to say, the developer realm converged on this Galaxy S variant and dished out ROMs to make the experience even more personal.  On the forefront, as always, was CyanogenMod, a group which has been refining and updating at first a Froyo ROM and later on, one based on Gingerbread firmware.

Things seem to have changed now and the group has announced that it will no longer support this device due to one fatal flaw.  Here’s what in their own words:

We are no longer supporting the Vibrant due to the inability to dial 911. We consider the issues related to this unresolvable without source code from Samsung related to the Radio interface layer and its interactions with the Audio layers and have taken the decision to no longer support this. We apologize for the inconvenience and strongly suggest that Vibrant users use a Samsung ROM due to the 911 issues with any ROMs based on open source code.

That is a pretty big flaw indeed if you ask us, as access to emergency services is one of the few must-have features on any phone, and CyanogenMod is right in discontinuing support based on this point.  As for the future of this device custom development-wise, Vibrant users can still flash ROMs based on Samsung’s official firmware.  Or they could just continue running the last released version of CM7, which would be unwise and foolish to boot.


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