CyanogenMod formally confirms ceased support for Snapdragon S1 devices past Gingerbread

All good things must come to an end, right? As the years move on we have to come to terms with the fact that older Android devices just aren’t a priority for developers anymore.

The most illustrious team of developers, the CyanogenMod team, as unfortunately put the nail in the coffin for a certain group of devices. Phones with Qualcomm’s S1 (full list of phones and SoCs are below) processor will no longer receive support past Gingerbread, or CyanogenMod 7.2.

While many developers have shown that Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean can run, and run smoothly, on these older devices, the CyanogenMod team says it’s more than performance.

These modern versions of Android introduced framework changes that aren’t completely compatible with the hardware these devices have, and while they say it’s possible to hack and slash their way onto the devices it probably isn’t worth the trouble.

Not only do these methods require a lot of time and effort, it could also be detrimental to compatibility issues with apps in the Google Play Store. Long story short, the team wants to deliver the most stable and reliable experience possible, and to do that with these devices would be nearly impossible.

After all, they do have the biggest device list of any team of developers in the after-market Android space. So farewell to devices like the Nexus One, the EVO 4G, the HTC Hero, and more.

Well, not really: chances are unofficial ports and builds of CM10 will make their way to these devices, but don’t expect any official support from the CyanogenMod team. As for the list of devices and SoCs that are being dropped, be sure to look below. [via Google+]

The list of affected devices are as follows: blade, bravo, bravoc, buzz, c660, click, cooper, desirec, e510, e720, es209ra, espresso, hero, heroc, inc, legend, liberty, morrisson, motus, one, p500, passion, robym, s5670, supersonic, tass, u8150, u8220, z71, zero

The Nexus One, along with the other first generation Snapdragon devices (devices with the QSD8x50, MSM7x25, MSM7x27 and MSM7x27T SoCs), will not be supported beyond the CM 7.x (Gingerbread) branch.

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  • Covert_Death

    yet AOKP still alive and kicking on those devices so the hardware thing is a cover. whatever, it allows them to have more focus on current devices which i’m fine with.

    • Imparus

      Read the article again, it isn’t that they can’t do it, they just don’t think it is worth the time and effort doing it.

      • Covert_Death

        man people seriously can’t read a comment can they. @Imparus, please, feel free to re-read my comment as you suggested i re-read the article. never did i assume they couldn’t, i simply stated others are doing something they aren’t. my second sentence recognizes the positive in this decision as it frees up time and effort for more modern devices.

        please stop reading the first few words of a comment and think you know what is going to be said. it takes 5 seconds to fully read a comment and understand it correctly

        • Imparus

          okay let me rephrase it then, your comment state the same as the article, but you make it sound like, it was a secret agenda with this part of your comment
          “so the hardware thing is a cover.”

    • thistimearound

      You’re kind of missing the point, but that’s okay. As for AOKP “Alive and kicking” that’s not true for every device. Namely, the HTC EVO 4G, a device I own. Additionally, running fast and providing an excellent user experience are completely different things. As it stands CM9/10 are not the UX that CM7.X are on the EVO. Despite those roms running faster.

      You’re welcome to disagree, but your wording clearly sounds like you don’t value the honest good Cyanogen and team have done for Android. Which, is just asinine and silly.

      • Covert_Death

        lol okay, all I ran on my OG EVO was CM from it’s earliest ROM. currently I’m waiting for EVOLTE support so i can go back home. I appreciate CM as much as the next guy. you must have have read the second part of my comment where i agree with their decision because it allows them the time and energy to focus on more current phones

    • Michael Thompson

      A cover for what? Is something being implied here…really?

  • ffolkes

    I never realized the heroc (Sprint Hero) was considered a Snapdragon processor…

    • jbo1018

      why wouldn’t it be?

      • Covert_Death

        because the msm7600 is NOT a snapdragon processor

    • ntegrit

      Like you, I never heard the name Snapdragon associated with a Qualcomm processor prior to the 1 gb versions. Don’t know whether the lesser ones are or not.

  • Y314K

    Are they freaking kidding me… That means they are killing CM for the HD2… WTF…

    Although technically HD2 was never officially supported… Guess it will probably mean a lot more work for the HD2 rom makers & longer delays for updated roms….

    Glad I am a AOKP only user for the last year…. But come on CM… AOKP for the WIN!!! AOKP JB on my HD2 is buttery smooth… And it will only get better… The random reboots are a thing of the past too…

  • Michael Thompson

    After seeing what those folks go through to develop CM on various devices I can’t say I blame them one bit.
    I’m sure it will come as a disappointment to many, but they can only stretch their resources but so far.