The Galaxy S4 was just recently revealed and the reactions it created are numerous. Some people are happy with the results while others have many complains. All in all the Galaxy S4 is currently the best packed device on the market, for sure. However, recent debates conclude that the Galaxy S4 will not receive so much development support. And there are a few reasons for that.
Why will Samsung Galaxy S4 receive less support from the developers community:
First of all, Samsung Galaxy S4 is very much based on software and features. Smart Pause, finger hovering, the IRC blaster and so on are just some of the newly added features. So it will be hard to develop Custom ROMs for the Galaxy S4 without losing all these cool features. All these make development really hard on the Galaxy S4. Most probably all these proprietary software of Samsung won't function on an AOSP Custom ROM. So the point in installing a Custom ROM over the stock one is getting kind of lost. There's not much sense in buying the Galaxy S4 now if you can't tweak it and enjoy development support without losing its key features.
Also developers are moving towards devices that are not from Samsung because of the lack of support from Samsung. It is known that Samsung and developers don't work together very well.
Also Samsung Galaxy S4 will come with two processors, Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 and Exynos 5
. It is known that the Qualcomm sources and the support for development is a lot better than with Samsung and its Exynos processors. So it is also probable that Galaxy S4 devices that use the Qualcomm CPU will receive better development support than the Exynos powered devices. This will make it a hard decision if you ever have to choose from the two processors, as Exynos is a little better.
Actually one team of developers, Team hacksung, official contributors for CyanogenMod one of the best AOSP Custom ROMs out there, has publicly expressed their decision of not only not buying the Galaxy S4 but also of not developing anything for it. They are attacking especially Samsung's lack of collaboration when it comes to releasing the sources for Exynos CPU's compared with Qualcomm that has good support for developers.
The problem of whether Samsung Galaxy S4 will or will not receive enough development support, or at least quality one, is concerning users that are considering buying it especially so that they can modify and tweak it as much as they can.
Are you going to be influenced by this if you decide to buy an S4?