Article by: Raphael Labuguen.
While we’re still waiting for the official release date of the Verizon Galaxy Nexus, a new video demos the Samsung Galaxy S2 running the custom Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.1 with TouchWiz user interface running on top.
Similar, identical or just the same, a Samsung Galaxy S2 running Android 4.0 with TouchWiz still looks almost the same with Galaxy Nexus features like the Face Unlock, better multitasking user interface and other Android 4.0 goodies.
Sam Mobile posted the video on Wednesday showing off the early version of the custom Android 4.0 operating system running on the Samsung Galaxy S2. According to the report, the build date is December 7th, and the Android version of the ROM is 4.0.1 which is not the latest build of the Verizon Galaxy Nexus and the HSPA+ variant if I’m not mistaken. See the video from YouTube below this article.
Apparently, this is still an early build, and changes may arrive next year, but it is worth noting that Galaxy S2 will not get a pure Google Android 4.0 because it is not a Nexus device, and Samsung wants its Galaxy devices without the Nexus branding to run its iOS-like-less TouchWiz 4.0 user interface.
If you’re an advanced Android user, the custom ROM is now available for download, but with the warning that the build is still not stable or suitable for daily use. The report added that phone functionalities like call, SMS, internet and “more” are working properly.
The Samsung Galaxy S2 is arguably more powerful than the Galaxy Nexus especially when it comes to camera courtesy of the device’s 8-megapixel back and 2-megapixel front. But when it comes to operating system (pure Google) and screen, the Galaxy Nexus is better, plus, the Verizon Galaxy Nexus includes Long Term Evolution while the Galaxy S2 here in the United States has HSPA+ or WiMax.
According to Samsung, the Samsung Galaxy S2 together with other new Android smartphones are scheduled to get the Android 4.0 software update early next year, and it looks like the South Korean company is already preparing.
The Samsung Galaxy S2 could be the first in line largely due to the fact that it is the most popular smartphone “to date” of the company.
Source: Sam Mobile.
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