Samsung Galaxy S2 welcomes new Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich ROM
Samsung’s Android Ice Cream Sandwich promise on track, faster firmware leaks online.
A faster, smoother and more stable ROM hits the new Samsung Galaxy S2, and it looks like the electronics giant is on track for its Android Ice Cream Sandwich update this quarter.
According to Samfirmware, the new firmware with build number I9100XXLPB is more stable than the previous version, the I9100XXLP6. The report added that the new build is based on Android 4.0.3, the latest version of the popular platform available for the international HSPA+ variant. The hack-centric website also posted its step-by-step how-to-update post (but it is for advanced users).
Surprisingly, not all Galaxy S2 customers are happy to see the new software. In fact, the top two comments posted in the YouTube video say that the original user interface of the Android Ice Cream Sandwich is “more good-looking” than the ICS running a TouchWiz user interface
The top commenter said, “it’s very very fast! However, I would like to have the ICS without sam touch (Samsung TouchWiz) on the OS.” The second top comment with 20 likes as of 7PM adds, “This doesn’t look like ICS at all. I wish OEMs would start sticking to more of a stock look rather than changing it so much. I personally feel like that’s where a lot of lag and ‘fragmentation’ comes from.”
This week, a statement from Samsung’s Norway branch appeared online, confirming that the new operating system will update the Galaxy Note and the Galaxy S2 from Gingerbread to Ice Cream Sandwich, and it possible that the official working update will come before the end of March if the improvements will continue.
No video or word yet from Samfirmware if there’s also a new build for the Samsung Galaxy Note, but if Samsung will follow its Q1 plan, then the large 5.3-inch smartphone might welcome its own faster build later this month. Last month, a “buggy” ICS ROM for the Samsung Galaxy Note was leaked online, videos posted in YouTube have confirmed that some apps don’t work properly yet like the camera, the S Pen (or the capacitive stylus pen of the phone) and the battery status on the settings app.
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus, according to the smartphone giant, is its most popular smartphone last year with more than 10 million units sold before the US launch in October, while the Samsung Galaxy Note has attracted its first 1 million customers last quarter.
This year, Samsung is expected to release its first Android Ice Cream Sandwich-equipped phone out of the box, the Samsung Galaxy S3 and according to its latest statement, it will announce the Galaxy S2 successor by mid-2012, and will release the phone after a week (or a month) or two to avoid the long lag between the global launch, and the United States release date/s.
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