Saturday, January 7, 2012
These past months have been a happy user of my Galaxy S both "official" Samsung ROMs as with MIUI and Darky Rom two ROMs by independent communities that further enhance the experience with the phone. Whatever the Gingerbread ROM you heap up, agree with me that have fallen behind crashes, the battery lasted little, etc. I think Android is the only case in the technological world, where on the same hardware, each version of the software runs faster and stable.
But it is time that our smartphone to cope with a new challenge: version 4 of Android operating system, known as Ice Cream Sandwich . It is not clear that Samsung will take an official update since RAM Galaxy S is becoming a bit sparse for this version (the phone was released over two years ago), but if we fail to do so, why not with enthusiasts that make the impossible possible. And one of these projects is that I am going to talk about today, after being certified by experience maturity.
Which brings Ice Cream Sandwich
But first I will discuss what I liked most of Ice Cream Sandwich and why worthwhile upgrade:
- Improved design: simple, with a discreet appearance. Categorized menus more intuitive system. Buttons on the bars apply to the most frequent actions.
- Menus and similar to a tablet interface, so that you have two devices do not have to think about how things are done in each.
- New highly customizable main launcher, and many inherited widgets for tablets, with useful and beautiful widgets for Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, etc. Besides, you can resize.
- Sync browser bookmarks with Chrome on the PC.
- Better control of applications running in the background (and deplete our data rate and battery).
- Best gallery and fastest camera.
- Integration default Google Books and Google Music.
- The famous facial recognition unlock (so far I have not managed to run).
- Generally similar to that of the best fluidity Gingerbread ROMs.
- Small details: zoom with fingers on the calendar, keyboard more useful to hold a key, and many others hidden in each application.
So in short, this has been a major upgrade, rather more notorious than those accounted for Froyo and Gingerbread.
And now that I have set the long teeth, see how to install Ice Cream Sandwitch in our Galaxy S. For it is no more complicated than installing any third-ROM:
This ROM is still experimental so we must keep in mind that anything could stop working at some point (wifi, 3G, etc) might have lost data, etc. Always, make ye a backup of your apps with Titanium Backup and call / SMS with SMS backup . In fact I recommend that you use both matter the ROM that you have installed programs.
The steps are:
- First we must be able to boot into recovery mode called CWM (ClockWorkMod initials). For this we must install a kernel that integrates. For example Voodoo Kernel , whose installation by ODIN (PC) software we saw in this other post . Instalad always a kernel that matches the version of Android that takes your phone, which you can see in "Settings> About phone". If you have already pre-installed with CWM other kernels as SpeedMod (used in many ROMs), darkcore (the ROM Darky ), Galaxian , etc, you can skip this step.
- We also need to be clear what specific model Galaxy S is our phone: i9000 is the international model, I9000B is the model for Latin America and some other countries, Captivate and Vibrant are two custom models US carriers. We can check which model is ours, as we have done before entering the "Settings> About Phone" menu on your phone.
- Now we enter the Group website Onecosmic are those who have made this ROM Ice Cream Sandwitch on their own. We chose our top model phone, and we will open a page where you can download the corresponding ROM. The link is labeled "Main ROM". For example today and for the i9000 link called "ICS_4.0.3_r1-RC2.11-i9000.zip". This file should download it to your PC and then copy it to your phone via USB cable, or download directly from the Android Web browser. Do either, I recommend putting it in the root of the internal memory, ie, in "/ sdcard".
- Now we have everything ready. Now turn off your phone and turn it on by simultaneously pressing the buttons "turn volume up + home +" for about 10 seconds to enter the recovery mode, if you have installed the appropriate kernel as we saw at the beginning, will be the CWM mode. Once there we choose "install zip from sdcard" then "select zip from sdcard" and choose the ZIP file that we copied to your phone. Then will install the ROM, and restart the phone a few times in the process.
- The safest thing is that after two or three reboots constantly reinicándose end the same way, in an endless loop. At this point we turn off the phone (by pressing more than 8 seconds at the off button or removing the battery and turning it directly put). Once off back into CWM mode by pressing a combination of three keys. This time choose "wipe cache and dalvik cache" and immediately "wipe data / factory reset" (NOTE: this will erase all data on the phone). After this step, restart by choosing "reboot system now" and the system will load first. It may take a few minutes the first time.
- If we do not get phone boot, back into CWM mode and re-install the ROM and make "wipes". It will all work out, a little patience.
And with this we will have Ice Cream Sandwich operating in our Galaxy S, making this phone a whole SUV, which was released with Android Eclair (2.0), then was upgraded to Froyo (2.2), then Gingerbread (2.3) and now moves Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0).
Again, this ROM is still experimental so we must keep in mind that anything could stop working at some point (wifi, 3G, etc) might have lost data, etc. Always, make ye a backup of your apps with Titanium Backup and call / SMS with SMS backup . In fact I recommend that you use both matter the ROM that you have installed programs.
To what is this new Android, and the years that already has the Galaxy S, I think the system moves quite well. Especially after a half hour of use after installation and a reboot, so you "settle". So I encourage everyone to try it, and that you share your experience in the comments. It will be like kings I had brought a new phone.