Samantha · Jan 8, 2014 at 04:00 am

Samsung Galaxy S Plus Gets Highly Functional KitKat and Jelly Bean Builds

If you rewind back to a couple of months ago, you may remember that dual boot was achieved on the Samsung Galaxy S Plus. Well, there’s been more happening with this device, the refresh of the perhaps more popular Samsung Galaxy S. Shipped all the way back in 2011 with Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread, it only received an incremental, official update to Android 2.3.6 before being discontinued by Samsung.

Fortunately however, Galaxy S Plus owners will see the abandoned device get back on its feet and march on, as XDA Recognized Developers CastagnaIT, Christopher83, educk and ivendor, and Recognized Contributor krislibaeer have teamed up as DevConnection_Team and delivered the latest iteration of Android, 4.4.2 Kitkat to the Galaxy S Plus. The ROM comes as an unofficial CyanogenMod 11 build, and is currently in its beta phase, but despite this, the rom seems to be stable with all of the major functions working as they should. The working list so far includes:

  • Audio
  • Calls
  • GPS
  • Compass
  • Proximity sensor
  • Wifi
  • Bluetooth
  • USB mass storage
  • CameraUSB/Wifi tethering
  • USB OTG (Only FAT32 supported as of now)
  • MicroSD exFAT support

This is quite the achievement, as this was only possible with a hybrid memory allocation solution involving both ION and PMEM memory allocation, with the latter only required for the camera librarys and drivers. Thanks to this solution, this team of developers were also able to bring unofficial builds of CyanogenMod 10.1 and 10.2 to the Galaxy S Plus.

If you would like to find out more on the development progress, visit the respective forum threads for more details:


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