So you want a front facing camera in your Samsung Vibrant?

In a recent adventure to make my Samsung Vibrant the ultimate T-Mobile device, I ran across number of mentions of a FFC (front-facing camera) mod that wasn’t supposed to be too difficult. It didn’t turn out to be an easy hack by any means. It’s doable, but you have to know what you’re doing. That’s where I come in. This guide will push you towards the appropriate info on how to get started. Just remember, this info is subject to change. This is the exact reason why this isn’t a step by step guide. The forum threads or videos mentioned below will be your best guide. Oh, and one more thing: Only you are responsible for what you do to your device. Got it? Good.

Root, preparation, and instructions:

First things first. If you don’t know how to root your device and can’t find the appropriate links to do so, then this isn’t for you. This mod is high on the 1337-scale, and should not be attempted by n00bs.

As far as materials go, you’ll need the following:

- Size 0 to 0*1-2 phillips and flat head screw drivers
- Goo Gone brand paint remover
- A guitar pick, iPod opening tool, or something similar
- Q-Tips
- Front facing camera from GSi9000

There are written instructions here and here, but for me personally, one Youtube video in particular was more helpful than anything else. You can find part 1 of the disassembly video here, and part 2 here.

Necessary software:

So let’s say you followed the instructions in the links above, and somehow got it in alright. What now? Well now you need the appropriate ROM and kernel to run it properly.

My current setup is Bionix Fusion 1.1 with Jac OC/UV 1.1. There are several other working ROMs, you’ll just need to check and see which one you like best. Bionix Fusion left all my favorite parts of TouchWiz intact (messaging, contacts), but took out that nasty launcher. It’s based on 2.1, but it has excellent battery life and no data problems. All in all, I just like it best. In order to test everything once you have your compatible ROM of choice installed, download “Galaxy S Mirror” from the market, and you should get…

The proof is in the pudding:

As you can see, everything works fine. Only one problem… You’ll notice most video chat apps won’t work right now. Support is being added to several apps, so it’s only a matter of time until you have your Hummingbird powered, SAMOLED, video chat phone up and running. If you have any questions, feel free to spill your mind in the comments below, or hit me up on Twitter: @du57in.

Good luck, and enjoy!

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