February 17, 2012 By: Former Writer
Awhile ago, we told you about a pretty nifty tool called the Aroma Installer that gives users the choice to install pretty much whatever application or mod that they want onto their ROMs. The best part about the Installer is that it is open source, so it could be ported at any time.
This brings us to the Samsung Galaxy SL i9003, which got itself a port of the awesome installer courtesy of XDA Member TheFrankenstain. The build is a beta release and still needs a few things fixed, but so far the project looks fairly stable.
The features added to this iteration of Aroma include:
-Bravia Engine (is in MIUIv8)
-Vurrut Kernel v3
-MIUI v4 theme (Very nice)
-CPU Control addon
-added vurrut V3 kernel install
There are a few bugs, as to be expected with a beta release. Thus far the Installer only works with a specific build of MIUI and some of the smaller mods don’t install properly just yet. There is a push to get more developers in on the project to help fix bugs and make their ROMs compatible, so it could be only a matter of time before things get really rolling.
For more information, feature list, download link and discussion, check out the original thread. As usual, don’t forget to make a backup before attempting anything, you’ll be glad you did.
February 1, 2012 By: Former Writer
Typically, going back to a stock ROM after flashing a mod, a theme, a script or a modded ROM can be quite a long process. Sometimes, annoyingly so, especially if you don’t have a copy of the stock ROM laying around on your Android device or your computer. In the end, you end up having to format your system, flash the stock ROM and spend the day setting your phone up again.
For those carrying the Samsung Galaxy S I9000 and running Ice Cream Sandwich, there’s an easier way. XDA Senior Member jenablinsky has released a small mod that will restore the SystemUI.apk and framework-res.apk back to stock ICS which removes all the modifications made to it. Simply flash the small, portable friendly .zip in ClockworkMod recovery and you’re back to square one with a clean slate and, as opposed to carrying around a nearly 100MB ROM in the off chance something goes wrong, you’d instead just need to carry around a measly 14KB .zip. That seems much more reasonable.
For anyone running ICS on their SGS and need it to be less of a mess, then ignore my horribly poetry and head on over to the original thread for all the download links, change logs and instructions.
January 22, 2012 By: Former Writer
Ice Cream Sandwich might be taking its time rolling out to phones that don’t have a Nexus branding, but that hasn’t stopped Team ICSSGS from delivering their namesake, ICS for the Samsung Galaxy lineup.
They began their work nearly 2 months ago in November with the release of ICS on the Samsung Captivate and has been a solid run of bug fixing and new releases that brings us up to their Samsung Vibrant release just a few days ago, with a little ICS goodness for the Samsung Galaxy S i9000 folks in-between.
The builds themselves are incredibly stable and have very few, if any, issues with no custom themes or proprietary applications. The team has expressly stated:
We did not add any modifications unless they were absolutely required to make it work correctly.
This makes this the cleanest vanilla experience for the supported phones to date and provides options for those who want to give AOSP Android a shot.
For those who’d like to give their pure, unadulterated ICS AOSP builds a try, they have their work up for the original Samsung Galaxy S line of phones. You can check out their Samsung Captivate build here, their Samsung Galaxy S i9000 build here and, just freshly released, their Samsung Vibrant build here.
January 17, 2012 By: Will Verduzco
Ever since the release of the Samsung Galaxy S in June of 2010, enabling USB Host has been a hot topic. While remaining a hopeful situation for a year and a half, success has remained just one or two steps out of reach. Luckily, the tribulations of developer life simply cannot stop the developers of this site from overcoming OEM-imposed device limitations.
Loosely based on a previously released set of USB host drivers that were later adapted to work with the Samsung Galaxy Tab, XDA Recognized Developer sztupy baked his modifications into teamhacksung’s ICS Build 14 kernel. As such, the new kernel will only work with that particular ROM. Currently, only USB 2.0 devices work, precluding the use of USB HID devices such as keyboards and mouses. In the words of the developer:
What is working:
USB 2.0 devices seem to work fine. This includes flash drives, and other accessories like Canon DSLRs. This concludes all USB 2.0 devices I have at home.
What does not work:
USB 1.x devices doesn’t seem to work. This includes almost all HID devices (like keyboard and mice).
Also you will need to power the devices externally, as the phone doesn’t give out power on the OTG connector.
USB device enumeration is also broken sometimes, and it will not re-enumerate mass storage devices after they have been connected. (This means you cannot connect another Android phone as a mass storage device. WM phones are fine though). The built in root hub will never re-enumerate devices, they have to be already connected to the phone when you switch to host mode for them to work.
Do I need a hub to get it working?
No, if you only want to connect one device you can connect it straight to the phone (if you provide it with +5V power). This means you can connect the one end of a Y cable to a power source, the other end to your device and the third end to the phone’s OTG cable, and it will work. On the other hand a lot of things are broken on the S3C’s root hub implementation meaning you will probably get better results and less crashes if you hook up your devices through an external hub.
Looking to get in on the USB Host action on your ICS-powered Samsung Galaxy S i9000? Head over to the kernel thread to get started. Are you an SGS kernel or ROM developer looking to port the patches to your own release? If so, look no further.
There is a new ROM that’s looking to make that very exclusive “all phones must have it” list. Say hello to DianXin OS, or DX OS as it’s being referred to. As XDA Senior Member qtwrk will tell you:
i know you guys may think it looks like MIUI , but i asure you it’s totally different ROM nor MIUI-based modification.
As with MIUI, it’s based in Asia, so the ROMs available to try currently still have some translation to go through and are only available on a couple of devices. Namely, the GSM and CDMA versions of the Samsung Galaxy S.
The people who are working on it currently are the aforementioned qtwrk on the GSM model and XDA Senior Member swamp goblin, who ported it to the CDMA version from qtwrk.
So far, these are the only two phones that we could find running the OS, which is reportedly only 3 weeks old. It can be expected to start making its way around the forums as people start warming up to the idea. In 6 months we could all be saying that development is not truly active until there’s CM, MIUI and DXOS are present.
If you have a Samsung Nexus S and want to check it out, or if you just wanna see what all the fuss is about, then you can head on over to the GSM Samsung Nexus S thread found here and the CDMA Samsung Nexus S thread found here. Inside these threads you’ll find download links, discussions, installation instructions, the all-important screen shots and additional information about this potentially awesome new Android-based OS. As per the norm, these ROMs are still in beta so exercise the usual caution when flashing (making a nandroid backup, etc).
January 7, 2012 By: liwen
Samsung has been definitely working on a Value Pack update for its Galaxy S smartphone, as a newly leaked ROM indicates. It includes some features from Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, such as Face Unlock and the ability to take pictures while recording a video, but is based on 2.3 Gingerbread.
However, it’s not clear whether this Value Pack is still being worked on, or has been scraped already. The build date is December 29, one day after a Korean newspaper claimed that Samsung was planning a Value Pack, but a few days before a company spokesperson stated that no such update was planned for release. It could very well be that Samsung was internally testing the update and then decided against releasing it, for example due to performance issues.
Whatever the case, since the ROM has been leaked now, you can try it out for yourself. Go ahead to the forum thread for download links and instructions, but, as with flashing any ROM, be careful.
Image credit: SamMobile
Big thanks to Faryaab for the tip!
January 4, 2012 By: liwen
A Samsung spokesperson has told The Next Web that it will not bring any major updates to last year’s best-selling Galaxy S smartphone and the original Galaxy Tab, finally putting rumors of a ‘Value Pack’ update to an end.
After leaving out the Galaxy S and Tab when initially revealing its plans for ICS-updates three weeks ago, Samsung took to its Korean blog to explain that TouchWiz and other customizations would not run smoothly on the limited amount of memory available on the two older devices. Following a huge backlash, a report on a Korean website revealed that Samsung was reconsidering the move. Only a day later, another Korean website claimed that Samsung was preparing a Value Pack update, originally misunderstood to be adding ICS-specific features on top of Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but later corrected by one of our readers to be an actual Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich version with some TouchWiz-specific features removed. Well, no more.
What makes this especially disappointing is that both Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab are perfectly capable of running stock, AOSP Android 4.0, as evidenced by various ports in our forums and the similarly-specced Nexus S already getting its update, thus unnecessarily obsoleting a device that isn’t even two years old. At the very least, to preserve its software differentiations, Samsung could’ve opted to go ahead with the planned TouchWiz ‘Lite’ version, similar to what HTC has done with its Gingerbread update for the HTC Desire.
But then, for a handset maker that gains absolutely nothing by providing software updates, there’s arguably little economic incentive to do so.
December 28, 2011 By: mic_888
If you own a Samsung Galaxy S and are fed up of having to check for firmware updates on Kies, XDA Senior member LuffarJoh has made a little tool to do this for you. Check FUS 2.0 checks if there is any new firmware on the FUS servers, so you don’t have to start Kies in order to find out.
The app finds your ‘Product Code’ and ‘HIDSWVER’ plus many other features and should work on any Samsung Device running Android.
For full instructions including links to the Market, head on over to the application thread.
If you have any suggestions please post in the forum thread or PM the developer.
December 28, 2011 By: liwen
Update: reader msgfromside3, who speaks Korean, pointed out that the “Value Pack” is supposed to be ICS-based, but with some features removed. So both Galaxy S and Tab will almost definitely get Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, possibly with a “lite”-version of TouchWiz.
The article also mentions that Samsung considered porting ICS plus full TouchWiz, without providing end-user support, but decided against it for fear of customer complaints.
Big thanks to msgfromside3 for the clarification!
Original article below:
After first denying, then reviewing an Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab, Samsung is now said to be providing a “Value Pack”, according to Korean website Daum (via Unwired View).
The value pack would presumably include some Android 4.0-like features, such as enhanced multitasking, faster web browsing, new widgets, and improved camera, but on top of Android 2.3 Gingerbread. In the report, Samsung said that, due to the limited amount of RAM available, an Android 4.0 version wouldn’t be able to include all TouchWiz features. With previously available features removed, customers would be dissatisfied, which is why it has now instead opted for another Gingerbread update.
Of course, without being officially confirmed, take all of this with a grain of salt. However, considering Samsung’s track record with their Bada devices, this solution doesn’t seem too unlikely.
But there’s still hope, right?
December 27, 2011 By: Former Writer
The port is working pretty well, with a very short list of things not working so far and it’s still, as fuss132 puts it,
like 70% CM7 and 30% MIUI.
So it’s not a pure MIUI release just yet and it is still in the testing stage. If you happen to check it out, the known issues are:
GPS not working
Sometimes Kernel anic (Just remove Battery and reboot)
Some Miui Apps not working: Miui Stats, Miui Settings (so CM7 Settings included)
Video recording with Camera in very bad quality
And, of course, here’s your list of things that does currently work:
HW Acc + GPU Support
Of course Touchscreen
MIUI Apps: Miui Notes, Miui Music, Miui Contacts, Miui Phone, Miui Talk, Miui Browser, Miui Camera
Miui Lockscreen (Please activate it in your Device´s Settings)
So if you’re up for a little MIUI fun and you happen to own Samsung Galaxy SL i9003, then you can check out the original thread for additional information and installation instructions. If you’ve tried it and want to chime in to let us know how it’s working, feel free to do so!
December 27, 2011 By: liwen
After announcing last week that two of its most popular devices of 2010, the Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab, wouldn’t get official updates to Android 4.0, Samsung seems to be backtracking and reviewing the viability of these updates, according to MSN Korea (via The Verge).
Despite continuing to emphasize the limitations of only 512 MB RAM, Samsung is said to be working on ways to get the Ice Cream Sandwich update out to users, presumably due to negative reactions and widespread criticism.
We can only hope this turns out to be true, and will keep you updated.
December 24, 2011 By: liwen
So, you’ve been wondering why the original Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab aren’t getting Ice Cream Sandwich, like Samsung’s newer models? Why, of course: because they’re too slow. No, not for Android 4.0; the almost identically-specced Nexus S is getting its OTA as we speak.
Of course: for TouchWiz, carrier services, video calling, and, in some countries, mobile TV. Not that anyone actually cares for TouchWiz or carrier services. And, we’re not sure how an OS update is going to slow down video calling or mobile TV. I mean, either you have a front-facing camera, or you don’t. Same with TV antennas.
Anyway, hit up Samsung Tomorrow (uh, that must be Yesterday!) for the original statement in Korean, then check out one Verge user’s excellent translation. Finally, show your outrage for this decision by posting in our forum thread.
All hope is not lost: as many of you may remember, HTC also originally said they wouldn’t bring Gingerbread to the Desire, but later backtracked. Let’s hope Samsung does the same.
The Cyanogen team need no introduction when it comes to Android ports that work. Ice Cream Sandwich has been designed to run on phones and tablets natively, so its potential to be more successful than CM7 is a given. With this idea in mind, two weeks ago the Cyanogen team pulled a rock across the entrance of their cave and began work on CM9, stating they would be “back in 2 months”. Despite the Honeycomb project (CM8) being discontinued, the team are seemingly set on making CM9 a success.
CM9 has made an appearance on the Galaxy S i9000 and Nexus S. I’ve been using it on the Nexus S, and for a port that’s only in Alpha 11, I’ve experienced no obvious faults. I am very excited to see how Cyanogen apply ICS to tablets and phones alike.
Samsung Galaxy S i9000:
Google Nexus S: