Dec, 12 2011

While the Samsung Vibrant may not be the newest kid on the block anymore, it’s still quite the capable device and one that has gotten tons of support through community development. One community ROM was the ever-so-popular Cyanogen Mod. I say “was” because support is no longer being offered for this device. Not, it’s n0t because Steve Kondik and his buddies don’t love you anymore.

It’s because of a 911 re-routing issue that causes problems when dialing the nationwide emergency help service. Workarounds have looked promising, but with the 911 operator not able to hear whoever’s calling from this phone with CyanogenMod it kind of defeats the purpose.

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.

You can probably guess why they will no longer support this device. They don’t want to be held responsible for someone not being able to call 911 in a true emergency and time of need. Continuing to support and offer the ROM would be gravely irresponsible of the team.

Although most disclaimers remind users that anything that happens to their phone is not the developers’ fault, this issue is too sensitive to handle improperly and therefore they won’t. Instead, ¬†they’ll opt to direct users to TouchWiz-based ROMs based on official firmware versions.

Of course, those on Cyanogen Mod will still be able to use it and if you can find a download somewhere you can flash it, but until this 911 thing gets figured out on some of Samsung’s devices (the Epic 4G also has this issue and is a big reason why Cyanogen Mod was never officially released for it) you can pretty much say goodbye to future updates.

I do strongly encourage users to find and download a Samsung-based ROM that looks good to them because not having an emergency response service is not something you want to have to deal with. Trust me, I know from experience. [Cyanogen Mod via Androinica]

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