How to Have a Functional Front-Facing Camera on Your Samsung Vibrant

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The Android community has done it again, this time allowing the Samsung Vibrant to have a front-facing camera. In order to get this to work for you, you must follow Siirial‘s lead and purchase the camera from the i9000, flash Eugene’s VibrantFroyo_RC3 ROM and start checking your hair. Head below for the juicy details.

If you’re interesting in modding your Vibrant to get some front-facing goodness, then you are going to need to order the following camera and head down to the instructions below.

If you want to learn how to breakdown the Samsung Vibrant like the professionals, check out the tear down video below.

If you are still willing to go through this process hit up the instructions below.

How to do it:
1. Shutdown your Vibrant, remove battery, sim card, sd card
2. Remove each screw in the back plate
3. Using an opener tool (or something to wedge between the back and front plates), snap off the back plate.
4. Disconnect all of the “snap on” assemblies
5. Remove the Camera
6. being careful not to snap the connection to the power button (it is glued on the phone), move the main board to the side slightly so it stays safe.
7. Using your method of choice (paint remover chemical or fiber glass pen), remove the paint inside the circle molding where the FFC mounts to.
8. Install camera when area is fully dry (5 minutes or so)
9. Put phone back together
10. Flash Eugene’s Froyo (R3 is latest as of writing) - remember to flash a 2.1 kernel whenever trying to nandroid restore or installing a 2.1 rom so you don’t brick your phone during the downgrade
11. adb push cameradata file to /system/cameradata
12. Boot up phone, download “mirror app for samsung galaxy s” from the market
13. Check your hair or something using your newly installed FFC!!

Code:
adb push [location to file]/datapattern_front_420sp.yup /system/cameradata/datapattern_front_420sp.yup

XDA member Siirial, the user who initially made this discovery, stated that when he took the Vibrant apart, the mold for the front-facing camera found on the i9000 was already molded so all you have to use is a 7/64 drill bit to finish what Samsung started. He also warned that a 1/8 bit seems too big.

Anyone ordering the necessary camera today?

Hit up the source link to learn more and follow everyone’s journey to front-facing glory.

Via: XDA

About the Author

Alex Smith
I once served in the USMC from 02'-08' I purchased the G1 in 2008 and then watched the Android OS turn the mobile world upside down. I then got the Nexus One followed by the Samsung Vibrant. I also have the HD2 running Shubcraft CM6. I've been following the Android community for a while now and couldn't be happier doing anything else. "Go Green, get -C}[\][D[R[-][][D-"

  • http://twitter.com/Jbowdach Jason Bowdach

    One of the most innovative mods Ive seen for the Vibrant. Been following this effort from the beginning, and its awesome to see what has come out of that effort. Excellent job, Chad!

    • siirial

      Thanks bro. Eugene was a big help.

  • http://twitter.com/Jbowdach Jason Bowdach

    One of the most innovative mods Ive seen for the Vibrant. Been following this effort from the beginning, and its awesome to see what has come out of that effort. Excellent job, Chad!

  • IS300tt5speed

    I’m impressed beyond words, at the bravery of the modder and the genius who figured out this could be done. Kudos to any brave user who does this to their phone, they deserve to have the FFC.

  • M1A1D

    I believe it was 7/64ths for the drill bit! A 7/16ths is almost a HALF INCH hole!

    • http://www.facebook.com/uejji John Edwards

      I believe you’re correct. 7/64 is just a hair smaller than 1/8 which makes sense for 1/8 to be slightly too big.

  • http://www.androidspin.com Alex Smith

    My bad fella’s I meant 7/64th bit … I used to work metal fab, I shouldn’t have gotten those two confused lol

    • siirial

      No need to drill on the vibrant. Drilling was an early assumption. Once starting the mod, it was obvious that there would not be a need for it.

  • http://www.glenbramlittcreations.com/ Glen Bramlitt

    Question: you have to remove the stock camera. Does this mean that you will not have a rear facing camera anymore? Also, the “mirror app” on the market, in the comments, people are saying you can’t take a picture. So….

    • http://www.androidspin.com Alex Smith

      It’s my understanding that you replace the whole camera assembly which the I9000 features both cameras, so you should be able to use the rear camera as well. I personally don’t feel like taking the risk, so we’ll have to wait for a video or something confirming that both camera work.

    • http://www.androidspin.com Alex Smith

      It’s my understanding that you replace the whole camera assembly which the I9000 features both cameras, so you should be able to use the rear camera as well. I personally don’t feel like taking the risk, so we’ll have to wait for a video or something confirming that both camera work.

      • siirial

        Both cameras work. Its up to the app to use one camera or the other. All of the camera apps you use, stock, camera360, etc will still work as they do now.
        So far, there isn’t much software to do with the FFC. The mirror app is pretty useless outside of verifying that the FFC works… Unless you actually needed a mirror with a web cam quality reflection…

  • Joelee90706

    I would scare to death! I just have to wait for the front camera!

  • Joelee90706

    I would scare to death! I just have to wait for the front camera!

  • Terrell

    I would like to try it. it seems pretty full proof. Kinda crappy that i would have to buy two camera pieces but oh well. i just need to know if this removes the rear facing camera because that particular topic seems vague. I’m sure it doesnt, i just want to be sure

    • john holmeless

      it doesnt

  • skillz

    Nice. Now all we need is someone to find a way to install a flash. Then il have what is considered a super duper phone.

  • Mikezero82

    WTF dude cut your freakin nails, thats sick.

  • Tommy

    I agree, disgusting hands

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