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Samsung Galaxy S2 + Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich = Unofficial Love ?

by bogdan on December 5, 2011


Samsung Galaxy S2. Yep, almost everybody agrees that, despite being launched more than half a year ago (no, not in the US, that’s another story) this smartphone is still able to compete with the newest powerhouses out there like HTC Rezound or Motorola Droid RAZR.

However, with the impending release of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, a lot of Galaxy S2 owners are wondering when their device will get some Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich love (hardware acceleration, face unlock, improved multitasking and much more). Notice i said when and not if, first of all because it was a no-brainer that S2 will receive Google’s latest version of the OS but also because it has officially been announced that a Samsung Galaxy S2 Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich update is in the works.

The bad part is that the official update is still probably a few good months away from being released. The good news ? Google has recently released the source code for Ice Cream Sandwich and the community is not wasting any time in porting Androod 4 to its favorite gadgets and that’s exactly what happened to Samsung Galaxy S2.

Samsung Galaxy S2 + Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich = Unofficial Love ?

Samsung Galaxy S2 + Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich = Unofficial Love ?

Samsung Galaxy S2 Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich

Some of you probably know that, a few days after Google has released the source code, a developer going by the name of “xplodwild” has released a working Galaxy S2 Android 4 port (in pre-alpha at the time, with a lot of issues, but a booting ROM nontheles). Well, in case you’re wondering how the development goes, we’re here to give you some updates.

At first, this unofficial Samsung Galaxy S2 Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich ROM had some really nasty problems with the keyboard, menu and Google Maps functionality, but we’re happy to report that everything is looking great and we’ll probably be hearing about a Samsung Galaxy S2 Android 4 beta from the developer in the near future.

Of course, there are still some unresolved issues, but nothing time can’t fix. The ROM still has problems with voice calls and the camera.

Take a look at the following clip from YouTube regarding the Samsung Galaxy S2 and Android 4 ICS and see for yourself how well they go together.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtnDs7bcW-o


We’ll keep you posted about further developments concerning any promising Samsung Galaxy S2 ICS ROMs. Do you guys like what you have seen in the video ? I think the implementation looks promising and we should soon be hearing more good news about the Samsung Galaxy S2 Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich update. Looking forward to the official love statement between the two.

Many thanks to ouverta for letting us know about the progress with this unofficial Samsung Galaxy S2 Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich ROM.

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