The Galaxy W is a relatively new mid-range phone from Samsung, which the company announced back in October last year. Four months later, the handset is still not available in most of the emerging markets of the world. For a mid-range handset, the Galaxy W packs in some serious horsepower – a 1.4GHz Snapdragon S2 processor, Adreno 205 GPU, 512MB RAM and a 5MP camera. The handset comes with Gingerbread, with no confirmation from Sammy whether the handset will ever get the Ice Cream Sandwich update or not.
This has not stopped one developer from porting CyanogenMod 9, based on Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich, to the Galaxy W though. The ROM is still a work-in-progress, but is nearing a public beta release.
One of the members of the development team has also posted a teaser video of CM9 running on the Galaxy W -:
As it is visible from the video, CM9 is still using a 2.65.xx-based kernel, instead of a 3.xxx kernel. At the moment, it is not yet known what works and what does not work under Ice Cream Sandwich on the Galaxy W. Since the ROM is still in alpha, expect more stuff to be broken than working though.
Hopefully, Samsung will update the Galaxy W to Ice Cream Sandwich officially, or will at least release its sources, which should make the work of the developers to port CM9 on the handset easier.
Via – Arne