A little less than a month ago CyanogenMod 9 RC1 (Release Candidate 1) was released with a lot of excitement, but now with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean being all the rave I can see an Ice Cream Sandwich ROM release being easily overlooked. Nonetheless, this is CM and their legions of fans will be happy to know that CM9 RC2 is now available for download including support for several new Samsung Galaxy devices:
Earlier this week we reported that the T-Mobile Galaxy S Blaze Q will land in T-Mobile stores on August 15th. It just so happens that it recently passed through the FCC sporting T-Mobile’s mobile network, packing AWS, GPRS 850 and 1900 radio bands. This is rumored to be a slide-out QWERTY-style phone and is expected to sport a 1.5 GHz dual-core S4 Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM, a 720p (1280 x 720) display, and Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Ridiculous name aside, the specs on this alone does make it by far the most powerful physical slide-out QWERTY phone that’s ever been made. Are there any of you that are still fans of physical slide-out QWERTY phones? If so, will you be able to put aside the funky name and pick this up?
Google’s Technical Lead for the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), Jean-Baptiste M. Queru (JBQ), announced a short while ago via Google Groups that Android 4.1 is being released to AOSP. According to JBQ, it is available with the name “android-4.1.1_r1” on the jb-dev development branch.
JBQ recommends the creation of new clients to improve sync speed and produce smaller clients. He also indicates in his post that proprietary binaries are ready for the Nexus 7 and Galaxy Nexus. Binaries for the Galaxy S and Xoom are expected to follow shortly and coincide with the timing of their consumer release.
source: Google Groups
It is a truth universally acknowledged that many of the most talented Android designers and developers don’t work for the giant manufacturers such as Samsung, Motorola and HTC. Some of the most impressive Android ROMS come from the independent developer community and it’s safe to say that CyanogenMod is the most reputable of all.
Only a couple of days ago we reported that the CyanogenMod team had been busy bringing Android 4.0 ICS to the HTC Sensation, LG Optimus LTE and LG Nitro HD by way of the CM9 ROM. It’s time for owners of the original Samsung Galaxy to take notice as, although Sammy itself won’t be bringing you some sweet Ice Cream Sandwich, CyanogenMod has added CM9 links for the i9000/i9000B, Captivate and Vibrant to its downloads webpage.
As a reminder, you need to be rooted to pick up these ROMs and if you’re not rooted, perhaps today is the day to change it. Hit the source link below to get started. Happy flashing!
source : CyanogenMod
You remember the Samsung Galaxy S smartphone right? You know the phone that is among the best selling handsets of all time? We know it’s old, really old. While Google has repeatedly highlighted Ice Cream Sandwich would
obviously hypothetically work on any device capable of running Gingerbread 2.3, Samsung has argued having ICS on its Galaxy S devices is next to impossible due to umm… no room for both TouchWiz & ICS. The criticism flowed from all sorts of people and that caused Sammy to re-think its strategy for it’s best-selling device and think about releasing an alternative ICS Value Pack for that device which incorporates ICS features on a Gingerbread 2.3 device. Naturally Sammy changed its mind again and made it clear it would not release any sort of enhanced update for the Galaxy S.
Well Sammy had a change of heart and decided to release the Galaxy S Value Pack update… for those in Korea that is. The newly released update features sweet options such as Facial Unlock and the ability to take photos while shooting video. If you’re a Galaxy S owner in Korea, all you do is head out to the source link below for the specific details and files, fire up Kies 2.0 and boom— you’re all set for some welcomed additions to your device.
Before you ask— there’s no word on if a similar update will ever reach American shores. It’s probably a safe bet that you don’t hold your breath on it.
source: Samsung | Samsung Tomorrow
During CES this year we told you about Moneto, an NFC MicroSD card that gives NFC capabilities to the NFC-less. By using a microSD card with an NFC chip built in and its tailor made app you can use your phone to pay for purchases much like other NFC wielding phones. They first gave a 4-6 month timeline before we’d see these available but it appears thats the folks at Moneto are ahead of the game slightly. They have released compatible versions for the Galaxy S line of phones ranging from the Fascinate and I9100 to the Epic 4G. It’s safe to say that more phones will see support in the future.
They’ve also released an app into the Android Market that will allow you to make use of this NFC kit. If you are a Galaxy S variation owner you can head on over to the Moneto web site via the source below to purchase the kit. Currently you can get a 1GB MicroSD card, booster sticker, prepaid debit card, and $10 pre-loaded on the account for $29.95. If you’re interested you can hit the break below to download the app that will help turn your phone into a mobile wallet. As both LG and Sony are doing their own NFC gigs it’s safe to say that NFC is here to stay. If you’re still waiting for an upgrade and are dying to get NFC then this is the way to go. Enjoy! Read more
As you folks know the rumored Galaxy S III announcement at the Mobile World Congress was refuted by Samsung and they went as far to say we wouldn’t see it at their press event in France either. Well it appears that the Korean company is going a step further by saying that they will not be holding a press conference at this year’s global trade show. Known for their elaborate product unveilings, Samsung will still showcase new products in Barcelona, just not in their usual over-the-top fashion. This suggests that Samsung’s presence at MWC will be very low key but we will have to wait and see.
After it was refuted that we would see the S III debut at the event, it was rumored that Samsung would show off their new tablet with the dual-core Exynos 5250 processor. Chances are though we will see the S II Plus that was leaked a week ago and that the Korean company will be hosting their own event for the launch of the S III, as well as any other major product announcements this year. So even though we won’t see a big showing from them you can still expect to see something new and exciting. As Samsung said it in an official response last week, “Samsung is looking forward to introducing and demonstrating exciting new mobile products at Mobile World Congress 2012.”
source: PC Mag
While rumors that the S III would make its debut at MWC were quickly and officially refuted by Samsung, that hasn’t stopped the Korean manufacturer from showing their hand in regards to the Galaxy S II Plus. Even with the announcement of the Galaxy S Advance, and two new tablets, Samsung is pushing forward with the release of the SII Plus. If the benchmarks are any indication this is a good move as the phone will surely be able to carry its own weight.
While at first it was considered to only be an incremental upgrade to the S II it appears that Samsung has took some time and put in some decent hardware in the device. The device will carry a 1.5GHz (I assume dual-core and possibly the OMAP 4470) processor, a WVGA display, and Android 2.3.4. I am sure that the device’s presence will be made better known at MWC and when it does we will surely update you with the specifics. Stay tuned!
Man, when the Galaxy Nexus was first debuted with Ice Cream Sandwich it looked amazing (still does). However you’re an owner of a Samsung Galaxy S or an original Galaxy Tab and your contract isn’t up for a while. Maybe it is, but you’re thinking to yourself that you love the Galaxy S hardware or you love that little tablet and that maybe if you hope really hard Samsung will grace your device with Ice Cream Sandwich. Well even with hope sometimes we don’t get what we want, as you well know, Samsung made it clear that the Galaxy S and the Galaxy Tab wouldn’t be seeing the awesome, new Android 4.0 OS. Well, that was until they back pedaled and rumors were flying about that these devices would see it or that they may receive a “value pack” that would give the best features of ICS without the need for a full update instead.
Talk about Samsung putting its foot in its mouth. After previously putting a lump of coal in the stockings of Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab owners, the company is since reconsidering the thought of not upgrading the devices to Android 4.0. Why you might ask? Well according to The Verge, the company will review the “viability of the upgrading those two devices in response to strong customer demand”. While Google mentioned previously that Android 4.0 can hypothetically work on any 2.3 device, Samsung famously said there’s not enough room on the Galaxy S and Tab’s RAM or ROM for both ICS and TouchWiz. That alone sparked much controversy and criticism on the part of Samsung because most feel while TouchWiz is a great UI skin, it should not be a reason to not update the popular devices especially as they are still popular worldwide. Moreover, Samsung has been quoted as saying it’ll “investigate ways to try and make it work”.
When there’s a will, there’s a way. Perhaps the company saw how HTC famously reversed their stance on upgrading certain devices to Android 2.3 just six months ago after immense criticism as well. We know the fine engineers at Samsung can work their magic and make everything work smoothly. After all, if they didn’t do it, we’re sure some crafty developers would port ICS to the Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab in no time. Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab owners, there’s now a glimmer of hope for you to see Android 4.0 someday. It may be faint hope, but it’s hope nonetheless.
[via The Verge]