Sign This Petition So That Samsung Brings Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich To The Galaxy S Family

A  couple of days ago, Samsung officially confirmed that it won’t be  upgrading  the Galaxy S and the original Galaxy Tab to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, due to ROM and RAM constraints on the device.  This came as quite a shocker for many, since the Galaxy S and the Nexus S have similar internal hardware specs, and the latter got its ICS update just last week.

Ever since Samsung’s announcement, various blogs over the Internet have slammed the company for its decision. It is quite clear here that now Samsung has made all the money they could with the Galaxy S, the company is no more interested in bringing software updates to the handset.

This news particularly did not go down well with the 15 million+ Galaxy S owners, and they have started online petition so that Samsung releases an official Ice Cream Sandwich update for the handset.  Galaxy S owners, and other readers, who would like to show support to this petition can do so by signing it up here and here.

Samsung Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab Not Getting Official Ice Cream Sandwich Upgrade

Samsung, which has had a relatively good track record with OS upgrades especially for its Android line-up, has let out some unexpected news today. It has officially stated that it won’t be upgrading the very popular Samsung Galaxy S and the first Samsung Android tablet, the Galaxy Tab, to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

While both devices have hardware which is powerful enough to run Ice Cream Sandwich, Samsung states that they lack sufficient RAM and ROM to run ICS along with their custom TouchWiz UI and some other widgets that they bundle with their devices.

Since the Nexus S received the official ICS upgrade, everyone was expecting the Galaxy S to receive it too, as they have almost similar hardware specs. But then the Nexus S runs a pure form of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, free from any ugly custom interfaces.

This is definitely one area where iOS and Windows Phone fare much better than Android. Custom user interfaces have delayed OS updates for most Android phones in the past, but now, because of these custom UIs, some high-end phones aren’t even eligible to get an OS upgrade they are fully capable of running, had the manufacturer not plastered it with some bloated UI.

Anyway, you can always flash some unofficial ICS ROM onto the Galaxy S and the Galaxy Tab.

Samsung Galaxy S Gets A Working Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Based ROM

With the Ice Cream Sandwich code going public a few days ago, it was just a matter of time before Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich ROMs were available for some of the popular Android phones.  Yesterday, we reported that the Samsung Galaxy S2 got its first Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich based ROM, and today, its predecessor, the Galaxy S gets a working ICS ROM.

The ROM is still in alpha stages, but the developers are working very hard on making the ROM stable enough so that it can be used as a daily driver. Compared to the Samsung Galaxy S2 Ice Cream Sandwich ROM, most of the stuffs are working in the Galaxy S ICS ROM.

Calls, SMS, Hardware Acceleration, Audio, Touch, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Android Market work flawlessly on the ROM. What does not work though is GPS, Camera, Ext. SD and video recorder.

Interested Galaxy S owners can find the download link, and the installation instructions here. They can also find more information about the ROM here.

Thanks to @aatifsumar for the tip!  

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich SDK Ported To Samsung Galaxy S

In the middle of this month, Google announced the much awaited successor of Android 2.3 Gingerbread, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Ice Cream Sandwich brings with it lots of changes and new features, and also gives Android a whole new polished look, which it lacked from Day 1. At the moment, Galaxy Nexus will be the first phone to ship with Ice Cream Sandwich. After that, the Nexus S will get an OTA update, and a few months later, other phones will follow suite.

Now, the folks over at MIUI Scotland were a bit impatient for ICS, and ported it to the Samsung Galaxy S. This is a SDK level port though, since the Ice Cream Sandwich code has not yet been made public.

Below is a video of Ice Cream Sandwich in action on the Samsung Galaxy S :

The sad part is that the port is totally unstable, and cannot be used as a daily driver. The developers are not even working on making the port stable, and instead are waiting for the ICS code to hit the AOSP branch.

Interested Galaxy S owners can head over to Galnet MIUI forums for more information and download link.

Samsung Galaxy S and Galaxy S II Sell 30 Million Units Worldwide

Today, in a press release Samsung announced that two of its most popular handsets, the Galaxy S and its successor the Galaxy S II, have collectively managed to sell 30 million units worldwide.


Launched last year in April-May, the Samsung Galaxy S marked the beginning of the popular Galaxy S series of phone from Sammy. Now, nearly 1.5 years after its launch the handset alone has managed to sell more than 20 million units. This makes the Galaxy S the highest selling phone in Samsung’s portfolio.

Since its launch only five months ago, GALAXY SII has seen tremendous sales success and garnered enthusiastic reviews from consumers and mobile industry watchers across the globe. This is in addition to the continued sales momentum behind GALAXY S, which we launched at Mobile World Congress 2010 as continues to be a run-away success with consumers,said JK Shin, President and Head of Samsung’s Mobile Communications Business.

The phenomenal success of these smartphones once again demonstrates how the GALAXY S smartphones is setting the standard for smart mobile technology around the world.

Its successor, the Galaxy S II, has been one of the most popular Android handsets this year, and has also managed to break quite a few records. Sammy sold 10million units of the handset in just 5 months, making it the fastest selling handset in the company’s history. The phone has also managed to bag quite a lot of awards, including being selected by T3 as the best smartphone of the year. The handset also bagged five out of ten Mobile Choice Consumer 2011 awards.

With its recent launch in the U.S, the Samsung Galaxy S II is all set to become one of the highest selling handset this year.

Samsung Galaxy S Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread Firmware Leaks

The Samsung Galaxy S was one of the most popular Android phones in 2010. The handset sold in excess of 10 million units, before being succeeded by the almighty Samsung Galaxy S II. Most SGS owners, and Samsung haters, usually crib about the poor software support from the Korean company.


While the U.S. versions of Galaxy S are still stuck on Android 2.2 FroYo, the European version has been rocking Android 2.3.3 since March, this year. The Samsung Galaxy S Android 2.3.4 based firmware leaked a couple of months ago, and now the Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread firmware for the handset has leaked online. The leak comes courtesy of SamFirmware and the Darky ROM team.

The Android 2.3.5 update was only rolled out to the Sprint’s Nexus S 4G. Other Nexus S variants got the Android 2.3.6 update after a couple of weeks. The Android 2.3.5 update mainly fixed some network and NFC related issues on the Nexus S 4G.

While there are no visible changes in the leaked firmware, the phone does feel smooth. There are some new system fonts, and some of the system files have been updated, and that’s about it. The Quadrant score on the leaked firmware (JVS) is around the 19xx range. Interested Galaxy S owners can download the leaked firmware from here.

Dutch court awards Apple an injunction against Samsung’s Galaxy phones

A Dutch court has issued Apple a preliminary injunction that prevents the sale of Samsung’s Galaxy line of smartphones in the Netherlands. This injunction has the potential to spread across the European Union.  FOSS Patents has a copy of the official court order, and it states that the injunction will go into effect in mid-October.

The order, which was issued by the Rechtbank’s-Gravenhage (a Dutch court located in The Hauge), only applies to Samsung’s Galaxy line of smartphones, including the widely successful Galaxy S II. That means that it won’t have any effect on the sales of Samsung’s tablets.


This is an important injunction because Samsung’s primary European logistics hub is located in the Netherlands. That means that in order to ship these devices throughout Europe, Samsung would have to reroute its operations. That’s unlikely, however, due to Samsung Korea’s lack of infrastructure. It would be logistically impossible for Samsung to respond in a timely manner.

The injunction is specifically based on the infringement of one patent in Apple’s portfolio. That patent is regarding the way you navigate photos in a gallery app, not the touted square based app organization design. This means that this injunction could be upheld in the countries where that patent is valid across the E.U. Unfortunately for Apple, documentation shows that they have allowed this patent to lapse in many countries, meaning it may not have much hold.

This comes on the backs of a previous injunction from a German court temporarily banning the sale of the Galaxy Tab in Europe. That injunction was lifted shortly after it was issued, however. It is possible that this new court order could suffer the same fate.

Samsung Epic 4G and Galaxy S 4G Android 2.3.4 Firmware Leaks

The folks over at SamFirmware have managed to get their hands on the Android 2.3.4 firmware for two popular Galaxy S series phone in the United States Sprint’s Epic 4G and the T-Mobile Galaxy S 4G.


The EG22 Android 2.3.4 firmware for the Epic 4G brings an overall improvement in performance and stability of the phone. The usual lag’ associated with the Galaxy S phones are pretty much absent in this firmware. However, the GPS performance on this new firmware is wonky at best. Users reported that they were able to lock to only 2 satellites even under clear skies.

The KG4 firmware for the Galaxy S 4G also brings overall improvement in performance and stability of the phone. Sadly, both the firmware for the handsets does not include the video chat capable version of GTalk.

The sources of SamFirmware are also reporting that apparently Samsung has stopped working on firmware updates for the T-Mobile Vibrant.

The leaked firmware for the Galaxy S 4G and the Epic 4G can be downloaded from here.

Samsung Galaxy S L (I9003) Android 2.3 Gingerbread Firmware Leaks

This month, a lot of firmware for different Galaxy branded handsets have leaked on the Internet, thanks to the folks over at SamFirmware.

Now, the SamFirmware guys have done it again, and managed to get their hands on a bunch of Android 2.3.3 firmware for the Samsung Galaxy S L. Apparently, one of the leaked firmware is based on Android 2.3.4, but sadly does not come with a video chat compatible version of Google Talk.



The Samsung Galaxy S L is a toned down version of the Galaxy S, with an 4-inch S-LCD screen, an OMAP processor, PowerVR SGX530GPU, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of on-board storage. The handset is only available in select regions of the world including India and Russia. It is a pretty popular handset, and is one of the best mid-range Android handset available at the moment.

Now, Samsung Galaxy S L (I9003) owners, who flashed the firmware on their handset, are reporting an improved system performance and stability, along with a noticeable increase in battery life.

Galaxy S L owners, who are interested in flashing this ROM on their handset, should head over to this link to download the firmware.

Samsung Galaxy S II Review–SLIM, SEXY and FAST!

The Motorola Droid was the most popular Android phone in 2009. The Droid along with Verizon’s DROID campaign played a very major role in Android’s popularity. In 2010, the Samsung Galaxy S was the de-facto Android handset. The phone sold in excess of 10 million handsets within 7 months of its launch. The handset helped Android in gaining market share outside the U.S.

When Samsung announced the Galaxy S II at MWC this year, the expectations from the handset were pretty high. Everyone hoped that Samsung had solved the issues which plagued the original Galaxy S poor GPS performance and the lag issue.

The Samsung Galaxy S II has a huge task on its shoulder, meet the popularity of its original brother and also emerge the top-dog in this dual core race with HTC Sensation and LG Optimus 2X.

Read our review to find out whether the Samsung Galaxy S II lives up to the expectations or not.

Specs of Samsung Galaxy S II :

  • 4.27-inch Super-AMOLED+ screen with WVGA (800×480) resolution
  • 1.2GHz Dual-core Exynos 4210 processor
  • ARM-Mali 400 GPU
  • 1GB RAM, 16GB/32GB on-board storage
  • 8MP camera with Auto-Focus, LED Flash
  • 2MP Front Facing Camera
  • Dual-band Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 HS, Wi-Fi Direct, HSDPA/HSUPA, USB O-T-G, MHL port, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, GPS with A-GPS, Proximity Sensor

Build Quality and Screen

Right out of the box, Galaxy S II will surprise you with its extremely light weight, slim waistline and the big screen. The handset weighs only 113gms, and is one of the slimmest Android handsets, measuring only 8.49mm.

The phone is constructed with plastic, like the original Galaxy S. However, the handset feels a hell lot better when held in hand, when compared to the original Galaxy S. Samsung also re-designed the back cover on the Galaxy S II so as to make it pleasant to hold and scratch proof. However, the back cover is extremely thin. However, I am pleased to say that the back cover won’t break so easily, even if you twist it.


The top of the handset sports a 3.5mm audio jack, while the bottom houses the MHL or microUSB port. The microUSB port on the Galaxy S II can output videos at 1080p, when an MHL adapter is plugged in. The power button is situated on the right side, while the volume button is on the left side of the phone.


Unlike most other Android handsets, the Samsung Galaxy S II sports only 3 buttons Menu, Home and Back, in the same order. Like its predecessor, the Menu and Back buttons are capacitive while the Home button is a physical one.

The build quality of the Galaxy S II is a HUGE improvement over the Galaxy S. The phone might not have a premium look or feel to it, but neither does it have a cheap build quality feeling.


The handset sports a 4.27-inch Super-AMOLED+ screen with WVGA (800×480) resolution. Even though the SGS II sports a bigger screen than the Galaxy S (4-inch), it has a much sharper screen. This is because the Super-AMOLED+ screen has twice the sub-pixels, when compared to the Super-AMOLED screen on SGS.

The original Super-AMOLED screen has a PenTile Matrix display, while the Super-AMOLED+ screen has a RBG pixel arrangement. This is a major reason why the Galaxy S II has a bigger display than its predecessor. Excluding all the geeky part, the SAMOLED+ screen on the SGS II is absolutely brilliant. The contrast, viewing angles, and brightness are all top-notch. Sunlight legibility is decent as well.