Will Verduzco · Jan 11, 2012 at 03:45 pm

ICS for the Samsung Galaxy 5 Appears—Older Devices Weep Tears of Joy

It’s hardly a secret that here on XDA, we really love it when developers accomplish the impossible. Throughout the forums, this takes the shape of custom kernels that push the boundaries of performance and clocks, apps that accomplish previously unheard of tasks, and—perhaps most importantly—ROM updates for the devices of yesteryear.

Enter the Samsung Galaxy 5—a phone that even upon release, was never destined to be considered a flagship device. And now that this device is approaching two years of age, it seems as if first party support is all but extinct. Thankfully, developers such as XDA forum member subpsyke, have worked hard to keep the Galaxy 5 running modern builds of the platform.

Today, thanks to the hard work of XDA forum member myshu, we have an early Ice Cream Sandwich-flavored build of CyanogenMod 9. While the ROM isn’t quite ready to serve as your daily driver, it’s an excellent step in the right direction.

This is a port of Cyanogen 9 (based on Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich) for the Samsung Galaxy 5 I5500 (Europa) phone. The current port status is unstable – NOT SUITABLE FOR DAILY USE.

Special Thanks to: psyke83, squadzone, dhalham, people that helped with hotfixes and rooting and ofcourse all of you for Testing 

Working:

  • Hardware Acceleration (Some Parts)
  • Touchscreen
  • WiFi

Broken:

  • Telephony
  • 3G
  • Audio
  • GPS
  • Sensors
  • Bluetooth
  • Market
  • USB Mounting
  • WiFi Hotspot
  • Tethering
  • JIT is Disabled (So, the ROM is slightly slow)
  • Keyboard (Doesn’t appear completely on the Screen)

If you’re interested in giving this a shot on your own Galaxy 5, continue on to the ROM thread. Just be sure to create a nandroid backup before doing so, as you’re going to need to revert in order to actually use your phone as a phone… or anything else, for that matter.


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Will Verduzco

willverduzco is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Will Verduzco is the Portal Administrator for the XDA-Developers Portal. He has been addicted to mobile technology since the HTC Wizard. But starting with the Nexus One, his gadget love affair shifted to Google's little green robot. He is also a Johns Hopkins University graduate in neuroscience and is now currently studying to become a physician.
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