Earlier this month, Samsung had started rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy Note in certain regions of the world. Beginning from today, Samsung has started the phased roll-out of the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy Note in India.
The Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy Note brings with it lots of new goodies like Face Unlock, Bluetooth tethering, along with some UI enhancements. The update will also install some premium suite of apps optimized to take advantage of the S-Pen stylus of the handset. Galaxy Note owners in India can download and install the update on their handset-tablet hybrid by using Samsung’s KIES software.
It is quite surprising to see that Samsung India has already released the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy Note, while the update for the Galaxy S2 is still not available. The Ice Cream Sandwich update for the S2 was rolled out way back in March. In fact, the retail boxes of Galaxy S2 in India now ship with Ice Cream Sandwich right out of the box as well. The official Samsung India twitter account tweeted that S II owners should “stay tuned for updates.”
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.
It was just a few days ago that the Ice Cream Sandwich code went public, and developers all around the world started working on bringing Android 4.0 to all popular Android handsets. We have already seen SDK ports for some popular handsets like the Nexus S, Galaxy S and the Nexus One.
However, owners of Samsung Galaxy S II, the hottest Android smartphone on the planet, were feeling left out since the phone did not get any working SDK port of Ice Cream Sandwich due to driver issues. Now, one developer – @xplodwild – has been working hard on porting Ice Cream Sandwich to the Galaxy S2, and has met with some success.
The ICS build for SGS2 is still in alpha stages, and audio, modem and quite a few other things are not working. Still I would suggest Galaxy S2 owners to try out this alpha build so as to get a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich, until the official update from Samsung lands.
Below is a video of the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich running on the Samsung Galaxy S2 -:
Even though the port in in alpha stages, Ice Cream Sandwich seems to be running super-smooth on the Samsung Galaxy S2, as evident from the video above. Interested Galaxy S2 owners can find the installation instructions here.
Last year, when I got my first ever-Android phone, the Samsung Galaxy S, I was pleasantly surprised to find that SGS owners could download and play Asphalt 5 for free. The game had decent graphics, addictive gameplay and best of all, featured multiplayer mode over Wi-Fi which allowed me to play the game with my friends.
When I got the most popular smartphone of this year, the Samsung Galaxy S II, I expected Sammy to give more free games with the phone. After all, the Galaxy S II is a beast of a phone, and Sammy should have pre-loaded some games, which showed the true potential of the phone. However, I was pretty disappointed to find out that the Galaxy S II came bundled with 0 games. There were a lot of games listed for the SGS2 in the Samsung Apps store, but all of them were trial version.
Better late than never, Sammy has now finally made Gameloft’s popular Asphalt 6 game a free download for Galaxy S II owners. SGS2 owners can download the game for free via the Samsung Apps market on their phone.
Keep in mind that after installing the game from market, the game itself downloads a whopping 550MB+ of data from Gameloft’s server via Wi-Fi. So, make sure you have a stable and fast Wi-Fi connection along with enough juice in the phone to download the data.
People in the United States, looks like your wait for the Samsung Galaxy S II is finally going to end. Samsung has just sent out a press release to all bloggers, for a ‘major product announcement’ in New York. It is all but certain that this event from Sammy is going to be about the U.S. variants of the Samsung Galaxy S II.
The Samsung Galaxy S II is the hottest smartphone on the planet right now. Not only is the SGS2 insanely thin at 8.47mm, it also boasts of a powerful 1.2GHz dual-core processor. The handset has sold in excess of 5 million units in less than 3 months of its release. Considering that the handset still has not been released in the U.S, it is no small feat.
Earlier, it was uncertain whether the SGS2 would come to the U.S or not. However, Samsung confirmed last month that the handset will hit the states sometime in August or September. Hopefully, Samsung will announce all the different variants of the Galaxy S II, with all the details about its availability, cost, and specifications.
The invite image from Sammy also gives a hint about the event being related to the SGS2. If you can find it in the image above, drop in a comment! ;)