January 9, 2013 By: Haroon Q. Raja
Lately, several devices have been getting Jelly Bean in form of CM 10 and CM 10.1 ports. Recently, we brought you unofficial CM10.1 ports for the Nook HD+ and Samsung Galaxy Fit. Now, the Galaxy Player 5 and Strait Talk Galaxy S2 have joined the club, thanks to unofficial ports by XDA Forum Members Mevordel and mr-cook, respectively.
The Straight Talk SGS2 port is based on Android 4.2.1, and should work fine as a daily driver. The developer also provides several other useful goodies in the thread, including ClockworkMod recovery, stock and AOSP modems, and the stock factory image and flashing instructions to get a clean start.
Moving on to the Galaxy Player 5 port, it’s an early release with a lot of work yet to be done to make it suitable enough for daily use. Currently Bluetooth, Camera, and the earpiece aren’t functional. You do, however, get sound through the speaker on the back. The capacitive buttons are also not working on international version, and only earphones with a built-in microphone work. The port is still work in progress, and hopefully these issues will be sorted out soon in a future release.
October 25, 2012 By: egzthunder1
The joy of porting Android versions across devices does not necessarily stop with phones. In fact, many people have devices not meant to be dependable means of communication with the outside world. Devices like these are in fact useful when you want to mess around with newer OS versions such as the smooth, butter-loaded Jelly Bean. Essentially, you have fewer critical components to worry about (read: no CDMA/GSM radio), and because of this you are able to “test with more confidence.” One such device is the Samsung Galaxy Player 5.
XDA Forum Member JackpotClavin had been messing around with the latest 3.0 Linux kernel, which has a lot of kernel devs busy these days. Once this was successfully ported over to the SGP5, the time to mess around with new Android builds came. As such, the JB port for this device came to be. After a lot of trying and back and forth bug fixes, Forum Member Mevordel decided that the build was stable enough to be considered a pre-alpha, and decided to release it for mass consumption. As its title already suggests, the unofficial CM10 port for the device is far from being a complete build. But even at this state, you can still find several working features such as WiFi, sound, touchscreen, battery, hardware acceleration, and of course… root!
Needless to say, that if you want to have a stable, reliable player to mess with, this is likely not a good choice of ROM yet. Having said that, if you would like to take it for a spin and help the dev iron out some extra bugs, it would definitely help in getting this ROM to a more usable state. Please leave your feedback.
Stuff still broken:
- Rotation (works, but offset 90 degrees)
- External SD (at all)
- Internal Storage (see workaround in second post)
You can find more information in the original thread.
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We recently brought you news of some ICS development on the Samsung Galaxy Player 5. For those who don’t know, it was Samsung’s first five inch screen device. It appears as though devs aren’t done yet making ICS all it can be on the Galaxy Player 5, as most AOSP ICS ROMs are still riddled with issues. The most recent fix solves the issues with Bluetooth. And with the camera issue being a work in progress as well, it seems as though ICS will be running perfectly sooner rather than later.
The Bluetooth patch was posted by XDA Senior Member Supermaster34. To apply it, users must be running one of the compatible ROMs and flash the modification through a custom recovery. The list of compatible ROMs includes CM9 and derivative works.
There is still some work and testing to be done. In addition to the Bluetooth fix, Supermaster34 and others are working on fixing the camera issue as well. For more details, check out the original thread.
August 15, 2012 By: Former Writer
While the most popular five inch device in the forums is the Samsung Galaxy Note, Samsung’s first five inch offering—the Samsung Galaxy Player 5—is still alive and kicking. Due to the ambiguous screen size, determining which layout it receives can be a real question. Now, owners of the device can make that choice for themselves.
The modification is courtesy of XDA Senior Member Supermaster34 and comes in the form of a patch that changes any ICS ROM from phone to tablet mode by replacing the services.jar and launcher files. Some features and info for the patch include:
Tablet Apps can be used
The Status Bar and Navigation Bar combine to form the Combined Bar
Full Album Art displayed on Lockscreen
Apex launcher runs very smoothly in tablet mode.
It has been tested on a number of ICS ROMs, and there are different instructions based on which ROM you’re installing. Supermaster34 says that users may experience some UI bugs, but otherwise everything runs as it should. Supermaster34 also includes how to revert to phone mode should you want to:
Tablet mode can be entered by changing the DPI of the device to 128 or less, but putting it below 120 causes bootloops. I am still testing my mod, but it appears to work on any ICS rom for the player 5. All you have to do is flash the zip file in recovery over the rom you want to apply it to. No wipes required and setting the DPI above 128 returns the player to Phone UI
To learn more, head over to the original thread.