More and more smartphone manufacturers have been moving towards on-screen buttons, with Google really pushing for it over the physical button alternative. However, there are still a few OEMs (we're looking at you, Samsung) that have preferred to keep things a bit more traditional. Tell us which way you prefer and why.
ICS Minimum Specs Tested to the Limit
Since the release of Android 4.0 we’ve seen it running on a large number of devices thanks to either an official update, leaked OEM ROM or a port by one of our many talented developers. While the vast majority of these devices are still reasonably current, there have also been many older devices lucky enough to receive the ICS treatment. The device we’re about to look at though, is probably not one that you would have ever envisaged running Google’s latest and greatest.
Enter the Samsung GT-i5510. Even when it was released back in November 2010 this was a fairly mid range device. It sports a modest 600MHz Qualcomm CPU and 240×400 display. Released in the same month as the Samsung Vibrant & Fascinate, it had effectively half the specs of its bigger sibling’s with their 1GHz Hummingbird CPU and higher resolution. Despite that, it’s still keeping up after receiving an unofficial and Ice Cream Sandwich-laden CyanogenMod 9 port thanks to XDA senior member WillingMagic.
Now, the build is by no means fit for daily use. There are numerous issues still to be resolved but the developer insists that he will support this project, and fix as many as possible, while still working on CyanogenMod 7 for the same device. If for some reason you’re still not convinced of what an achievement this is, consider the fact that Google’s previous flagship device, the Nexus One, will never receive an official taste of Android 4.0.
Head over to the ROM thread to get started. It just goes to show, sometimes you can teach an old dog new tricks.
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