The rumor mill is hot today after a comment on XDA caused some to worry that CyanogenMod would not arrive for the new Galaxy S4. XpLoDWilD took to the forums to respond to questions about the difficulty of developing for the handset. The comment appeared to be speaking on behalf of TeamHacksung (the sub-group within CM that deals with devices like the SII, Note, SIII, Note II, etc.), other CM members were quick to point out that no one person has the authority to speak for the entire team.
Here's the initial comment:
Nobody at team hacksung (the team behind galaxy s2, note, s3, note2, gtabs... official CM ports) plans to buy it, neither develop for it. There are two variants which will be a pain to maintain, the bugs we have on the s3 will probably be there on s4 too (camera), and we all know Samsung ability to release sources while staying in line with mainline. Yes qualcomm release sources, but exynos sources we had were far from actual galaxy products. I'm pretty sure the same will happen for this one.
That's a uniform "no" from us.
Sounds pretty definitive, right? Well, perhaps not so much. CM team members were quick to squash the idea that anyone can speak for the whole group. More importantly, an official statement from CyanogenMod on Google+ states, in no uncertain terms, that the team doesn't confirm or deny support for unreleased devices:
This morning, a comment from a CM collaborator on XDA was taken to be as an ‘absolute’ in regards to support of the S4. He offered the opinion of four TeamHacksung maintainers, their frustrations and lack of interest in supporting the S4. What’s seemingly lost on those reading this is that his comments as an individual do not speak for CyanogenMod as an organization.
As for the team’s stance on the S4, there isn’t one at this time, and most definitely won’t be one before the device is sold at retail.
Here's the post in full. While it's pretty clear that several members of the group are unhappy with some of Samsung's behavior and methods in regards to the Exynos lineup and some of the difficulties in maintaining the current GSIII, this doesn't mean that the team is cancelling the S4 party. Quite the opposite. No party has been scheduled yet at all and won't ever be. Either someone shows up to maintain the device or it never happens. There's no third option where the CM team decrees that it will never be supported.
The moral of the story is patience. Maybe the GS4 won't get an official CM port, or maybe it will. We won't know for sure until it actually comes out. After all, how can you plan to support a device you've only seen pictures of?