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Is there a chance that Samsung Galaxy S4 mini - GT-I9195 mobile phone get a support for Replicant?

Added by Pal Csanyi over 5 years ago

Hi,

I just bought Galaxy S4 mini - GT-I9195 mobile phone with Android version 4.2.2.

I red the Guidelines for suggesting a new device, and Targets Evaluation but still don't know whether is this device good or bad for supporting?

Is there achance that this device get support for Replicant?

Regards, from Pal


Replies (11)

RE: Is there a chance that Samsung Galaxy S4 mini - GT-I9195 mobile phone get a support for Replicant? - Added by Linus Drumbler over 5 years ago

This device is indeed supported by CyanogenMod, and that's an important prerequisite. It has a Qualcomm System on Chip (SoC). Such devices generally have bad modem isolation (potential for spying) and require lots of blobs to work with free software.

However, looking at the device and common repositories on GitHub, they don't appear to list a lot of blobs. Of course that's not the complete list, but I think it's worth more than a cursory look.

RE: Is there a chance that Samsung Galaxy S4 mini - GT-I9195 mobile phone get a support for Replicant? - Added by Pal Csanyi over 5 years ago

Hi Linus,

thank you for the information.

Now, what can I do to go to have installed free software on my Samsung Galaxy S4 mini phone?

What are your advices?

RE: Is there a chance that Samsung Galaxy S4 mini - GT-I9195 mobile phone get a support for Replicant? - Added by Paul Kocialkowski over 5 years ago

The bets you can do currently is to install CyanogenMod and use only free software applications, with F-Droid

RE: Is there a chance that Samsung Galaxy S4 mini - GT-I9195 mobile phone get a support for Replicant? - Added by Pal Csanyi over 5 years ago

I installed on it CyanogenMod and started using free software applications with F-Droid.
Still, I wish to have on it the Replicant some day in the near future.
Can I do something to achieve this goal?

RE: Is there a chance that Samsung Galaxy S4 mini - GT-I9195 mobile phone get a support for Replicant? - Added by Paul Kocialkowski over 5 years ago

I'm not going to work on it, but you can. Let me know if you're interested in getting involved! You could try to port Replicant to it, but it'll be very hard and not many features will work, aside from the fact that it has supposedly bad modem isolation and thus is a bad device for privacy.

RE: Is there a chance that Samsung Galaxy S4 mini - GT-I9195 mobile phone get a support for Replicant? - Added by Monti Springford about 3 years ago

Hi!

After the Samsung Galaxy back-door was closed in Replicant, how is this working with a supposedly bad modem isolation in the Galaxy S4 mini? Could we consider the problem as solved? If there was a port for the S4 mini that is.

Thanks

RE: Is there a chance that Samsung Galaxy S4 mini - GT-I9195 mobile phone get a support for Replicant? - Added by Pal Csanyi over 2 years ago

Hi!

Because this Samsung S4 mini is my sole phone I did not try to porting to it the Replicant, because I am using it every day for work.

I used so far Cyanogenmod on it, but CM is now discontinued.
I searched for another alternative and find LineageOS but there is no downloadable build out there for my phone yet.
I can se here that that Replicant is still not supports Samsung S4 mini phone.

Well, I have no luck with my phone: can't run on it neither Replicant, nor LineageOS.
But, I did not lose hope. Maybe some day.

Best, from Pal

RE: Is there a chance that Samsung Galaxy S4 mini - GT-I9195 mobile phone get a support for Replicant? - Added by Fil Lupin over 1 year ago

Hi,
I would like to know if there is any news about the support of Replicant 6 for GT-I9195 by any chance.
My GT-I9300 was just stolen today and I would like to get a phone, at least temporary.
I got a GT-I9195 I can use as I want, I can build Replicant and test it (I got some issues with replicant 4.2 building for GT-I9300 but I can test, see https://redmine.replicant.us/issues/1826).

Thank you.

edit: I got that this phone has a bad modem isolation, but I also saw that Paul proposed to Pal to help him to port Replicant on this phone and Pal was interested so I wondered it there was some new information.

RE: Is there a chance that Samsung Galaxy S4 mini - GT-I9195 mobile phone get a support for Replicant? - Added by Daniel Kulesz over 1 year ago

Apart from the bad modem isolation, the question is how many of the GT-I9195's (sub)devices require proprietary blobs.

RE: Is there a chance that Samsung Galaxy S4 mini - GT-I9195 mobile phone get a support for Replicant? - Added by Fil Lupin over 1 year ago

I understand.
I will so try to exchange my S4 mini with a S3 or S2.
Thank you for your answer Daniel.

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