Hot on the heels of the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy S II, and the value pack update for the Galaxy S, Sammy has started rolling out the value pack update for the Galaxy W as well. The new Value pack update for the Galaxy W does not bring Ice Cream Sandwich to the handset, but does bring many of the features introduced by Google in ICS.
Like the value pack update for the Galaxy S, the update for the Galaxy W brings Face Unlock with blink detection, the ability to click pictures while shooting a video, ending a call by using the power key, the ability to increase the font size in Contacts, Calendar and a few other apps. The update also improves the overall performance and stability of the phone.
The update is already live in Europe and a few other regions of the world. Galaxy W owners can install the Value pack update on their handset by either using KIES 2.0 or wait for the OTA update to hit their phone.
Via – SamMobile
A couple of weeks ago, Samsung had announced that after it starts rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy S II, it will also roll-out a new firmware update for the Galaxy S. The new firmware update will not bring Ice Cream Sandwich update, but instead is a ‘value pack’ upgrade which contains some Ice Cream Sandwich.
This includes Face Unlock, an improved TouchWIZ launcher, a new lock screen, faster performance and the ability to click pictures while shooting a video. The Photo editor found in the Galaxy S II, is also bundled in this update. At the moment, this ‘value pack’ firmware update is only available for the Galaxy S owners in Korea.
Samsung will hopefully start rolling out the update to other regions of the world soon. To install the firmware on their handset, users need to use Samsung’s KIES 2.0 software. Sammy will also be releasing the ‘value pack’ firmware update for other Android powered Galaxy handsets including the Galaxy M, Galaxy Tab and Galaxy K/U.
Galaxy S owners, here is some bad news for you. When Samsung had originally announced that it won’t be updating the Galaxy S and the Tab to Ice Cream Sandwich, there was quite a huge up-roar. Millions of Galaxy S owners were pissed and they started an online petition so as to force Samsung to update the handset to Ice Cream Sandwich.
Thanks to the negative publicity, Samsung decided that it will be re-evaluating the ICS update for the Galaxy S, and later announced that it will be releasing a Value pack update for the handset, like it had done for its lower end Bada handsets.
Well, now Samsung has announced that it won’t be releasing a Value Pack update for the Galaxy S as well. Samsung claims that the hardware on the Galaxy S is not capable of running a new version of the underlying OS.
While this news is definitely going to disappoint quite a lot of Galaxy S users, I am sure most of them must already be running one of the Ice Cream Sandwich based Custom ROMs available for the handset.