Did you watch Apple's VP draw on his wrist during the Apple Watch announcement and wonder "why can't my Wear watch do that?" In typical XDA fashion, one enterprising forum member has brought similar functionality to Android Wear with a twist; it works on phones and watches alike, with other platforms on the way! The app is called Pinsy, and its release debut is a strong proof of concept with plenty of room to grow. You may remember the developer behind this project, XDA...
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
- Hardware Acceleration (Some Parts)
- USB Mounting
- WiFi Hotspot
- 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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