26
Dec
Samsung-Vibrant1

Own a Samsung Vibrant? Or, probably more correctly, recently pawned off a Samsung Vibrant to a relative and / or child, and want to make them hate it less? Good news! CyanogenMod 10.1 nightlies (based on Android 4.2 AOSP) are officially out for the Vibrant now, and you can get them at the CM website.

Definition: A "nightly" is a bleeding edge release that is built on a daily basis, usually at night after a full day's worth of new code has been committed.

It could oftentimes be unstable and not properly tested, lacking any changelogs, but eventually evolving into alphas, betas, release candidates, and finally stable releases.

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David Ruddock
David's phone is an HTC One. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, imparting a legal perspective on tech news, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • http://twitter.com/rohanXm Rohan Mathur

    "CyanogenMod 10 nightlies (based on Android 4.2 AOSP)"

    should be

    "CyanogenMod 10.1 nightlies (based on Android 4.2 AOSP)"

    :D

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      It should indeed.

  • http://twitter.com/JaeClassic Jae-su

    It's the phone that will not die.

    • ProductFRED

      That would be the HTC HD2.

  • Evan

    Hooray! One final hurrah before I switch to that Nexus 4 I ordered.

  • fixxmyhead

    "recently pawned off a Samsung Vibrant to a relative and / or child, and want to make them hate it less"?

    NEWSFLASH AP- kids or relatives dont even care if its on froyo or GB. to them its just a smartphone and thats all they care as long as they can play angry birds and do the basic things. my wife doesnt even care she has vanilla on her galaxy nexus.

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

      A) Are you really sure they don't care? Even the poorly informed can see that your brand new sexy phone is doing stuff that they'd like too. Even if they don't know that there is better stuff out there, it doesn't mean they aren't displeased with the experience.

      B) The app developers do care. For every crappy phone that makes up the 50.8% of devices that are still on Gingerbread, 65.8% total that are pre-ICS, it's that much more that lazy developers use as an excuse to not make their apps better. The ecosystem is inherently better when more devices are running the most recent versions.

      • tranceformer978

        I'm pretty sure they don't care. I know my wife doesn't. She thought the names (froyo, gingerbread,...) were cute but couldn't tell you the features on each release.

        • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

          What does knowing the features by release have to do with the overall experience? Even most iOS users can't remember the differences between versions (it helps that there really aren't any).

          Earlier tonight I flashed CM10 onto a friend's Epic 4g (10.1 is still in preview stage) which was never officially updated beyond 2.3.6. She's not computer illiterate, but the details of Android and it's versions are almost completely arcane to her. She can use the phone for the base features, she understands web browsing, and she knows how to install apps from the Play Store. Considering those are the things I list as her Android skills, it should be clear that she's in the demographic we are discussing. This is the second time I've done this for her because the first one was mangled in an accident and she got the second thanks to insurance. From the moment she got the second, she called me to ask when I'd have time to "do that thing you did to the first one...make it better". She can't tell you want is different between versions, she just knows that there is a version called Gingerbread that she doesn't like and a version called Ice Cream Sandwich that she loves, and now there's one called Jellybean that is a lot like ICS and it's newer.

          Seriously, I am kinda baffled at the idea of anybody defending the notion that some people wouldn't prefer 4.x over 2.x. I'll say it again, they don't have to know it's different for them to enjoy it more.

          • tranceformer978

            I'm referring to the general population (people who don't read AndroidPolice on a daily basis). They don't know nor do they care what version their phone is on. Now, your friend knows about it because you told her about rooting and roms, there is a vast majority of the population that don't have people like you and I and are "still in the dark". These people will not be rooting their phones or installing custom roms like we do. I'm not saying it's okay, I'm saying they don't care because they're not aware. Referring back to your friend, if you never flashed CM10 for her original phone, would she have known that there are newer versions of Android?

          • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

            Honestly, I hate when people reply without bothering to read what I wrote. Both you and @fixxmyhead:disqus keep talking about features and versions like people are supposed to be able to tell you what API level their version supports. That's not what I've been talking about, so let me give try explaining it in a simple example that involves some fun imagery:

            Imagine you want to severely bang up a Ferrari belonging to your lifelong nemesis...actually, make it a Porche, way more a-holes drive Porches. The nearest available weapon is a cork bat. It works, it'll break a windshield, knock a couple of dents in and it might even take the side mirrors off if they weren't that solid to begin with. Now, your crazy and more experienced girlfriend comes along and hands you a lead pipe. You don't actually need to know what these things are made of, that the lead pipe has some good sharp edges, or how they are weighted...you only care that the damage can't be fixed by replacing some glass and banging out the dents. Even if you never held the cork bat, you're ultimately happier with the lead pipe.

            So let me say it again, why on earth are people suggesting that the average person isn't going to be happier with ICS/JB than GB? Obsessing about features or version numbers is like not being able to see the forest for the trees.

          • tranceformer978

            I actually agree with what most of what you're saying (even though your analogy is horrible). However, how can the average person be happier with ICS/JB if they don't know it existed? That's my entire argument.

          • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

            You don't need specific, measurable points of comparison to generally be happy or unhappy with something. Simply trying Gingerbread, somebody would probably say, "I think this is so-so, it could be much better". That doesn't rely on knowledge of ICS. The same imaginary person can try ICS/JB and say, "this is nice, nothing really bugs me". Again, no knowledge of Gingerbread necessary. This average person doesn't need to know that they are happier, the person who flashed CM 10.1 onto the Vibrant just needs to know that they would be happier.

          • tranceformer978

            Sorry, if this is a double post (I really hate Disqus).

            I agree with what of most you're saying....even though your car analogy is horrible. However, how can the average person be happier with ICS/JB if they don't know it exists? That's the point I'm trying to get across to you.

      • fixxmyhead

        yup im sure. i told my friends about all they features newer versions brings and they dont even care one bit. one of my best friends has an s3 and didnt even know about the motion gesture features until i told him about it. if u dont care about android chances are u probably arent going to care about the features. trust me ive told alot of people about android and the newest features and no one cares one bit. i simply just dont even talk about it anymore so i dont annoy or bore people

  • xriderx66

    lel wat?
    I've had 4.2.1 on my Vibrant for the past month :l

    • Evan

      > nightlies

      You've been using FaultException's custom builds. These are nightlies.

  • shadowx360

    Is it bad if I'm a tech guy working in the IT department with my Vibrant as my daily driver? Sometimes I feel a bit out of date.

    • dude

      No.. Its a very customizable phone. However, with almost all custom roms beside the early CM7 and stock-based roms, the phone have an issue of unable to dial 911 due to lacking proprietary driver.

      Also if you search XDA there is a patch that apply all 3 GPS fixes that greatly improve the Vibrant's GPS. That is beside if you want to do the hardware fix.

      • FaultException

        There has been a couple reasons why 911 has failed. Around CM7.1 it was our fault, we had a bad libaudio. Around CM7.2 it was, for most people, only intermittent failures, it was also our fault, we had mismatched gps libraries

        911 is assumed to be fully fixed as of at least CM10 stable as long as no gps software fixes are applied, your imei isn't invalid, and assuming the current gps after DS issue does not affect it.