Saturday, January 7, 2012
These past months have been a happy user of my Galaxy S ROMs both "official" Samsung as with MIUI and Darky Rom , two ROMs made by independent communities that further enhance the phone experience. Whatever the Gingerbread ROM that you use, agree with me that have been left behind crashes, the battery did not last long, etc.. I think Android is the only case in the world of technology, in which on the same hardware, each version of the software runs faster and more stable.
But it is time that our smartphone to cope with a new challenge: the version 4 operating system Android, known as Ice Cream Sandwich . It is not clear that Samsung is going to get an official update since the Galaxy S RAM starts to be a little sparse for this version (the phone was released more than two years ago), but even if we did not, why not with the enthusiasts who make the impossible possible. And one of these projects is that I will discuss today, having certified experience maturity.
What brings Ice Cream Sandwich
But first I will discuss what I liked about Ice Cream Sandwich and why it is worth upgrading:
- Improved design: simple, with a more discreet appearance. Categorized System menus more intuitive. Buttons on the application bar to the most frequent actions.
- Menus and interface similar to a tablet, so that you have both devices do not have to think about how things are done in each.
- New principal very customizable launcher, and many inherited widgets for tablets, with very useful and nice widgets for Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, etc.. Besides be resized.
- 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.
- Default Integration Google Books and Google Music.
- The famous facial recognition unlock (so far I have not managed to run).
- Flowability generally similar to that of the best ROMs gingerbread.
- Small details: zoom with fingers on the calendar more useful keyboard by pressing and holding a key, and many others hidden in each application.
So in summary this has been a major update, much more noticeable than that assumed Froyo and Gingerbread.
And now that I have long teeth, let's see how to install Ice Cream Sandwitch on our Galaxy S. For it is more complicated to install any other third-party ROM:
This ROM is still experimental and we must keep in mind that something might stop working at some point (wifi, 3G, etc) could have data loss, 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 programs no matter the ROM that you have installed.
The steps are:
- First we must be able to boot into recovery mode called CWM (ClockWorkMod initial). To do this we must install a kernel that integrates. For example Voodoo Kernel , whose installation via ODIN software (for PC) and saw in this other post . Lineman always a kernel that matches the version of Android that takes your phone, which you can see in "Settings> About phone". If you have previously installed other kernels with CWM 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 is our phone Galaxy S: i9000 is the international model, I9000B is the model of Latin America and some other countries, Captivate and Vibrant two U.S. carriers custom models. We can check what model is ours, as we have before going into the "Settings> About phone" on our phone.
- Now we enter the group's Web Onecosmic are those who have made this ROM Ice Cream Sandwitch for their own means. We chose our top phone model, and it will open a page where you download the appropriate ROM. The link appears labeled "Main ROM". For example today and for the i9000 the link called "ICS_4.0.3_r1-RC2.11-i9000.zip". This file should download it to your PC and then copy it to the phone via the USB cable, or download directly from the Android Web browser. Let one or the other, I recommend putting it at the root of the internal memory, ie in "/ sdcard".
- Now we have everything ready. Now turn off your phone and turn it on while pressing the buttons "light + home + volume up" for about 10 seconds to enter recovery mode, if you have installed the correct kernel as we saw at the beginning, will CWM mode. Once there choose "install zip from sdcard" then "select zip from sdcard" and choose the ZIP file that we copied to the phone. Then you install the ROM, and restart the phone a few times in the process.
- Chances are that after two or three different restarts constantly reinicándose end the same way, in an endless loop. At this point we must turn off the phone (by pressing more than 8 seconds on the power button or removing the battery and turning it directly put). Once off back into CWM mode by pressing the three key combination. 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, reboot select "reboot system now" and the system will load the first time. It may take a few minutes the first time.
- If we do not get the phone to boot back into CWM mode and re-install the ROM and do the "wipes". Will all work, a little patience.
And with this we will have Ice Cream Sandwich running on our Galaxy S, making this phone all an SUV, which was launched 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 and we must keep in mind that something might stop working at some point (wifi, 3G, etc) could have data loss, 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 programs no matter the ROM that you have installed.
To what is this new Android, and the years that already has the Galaxy S, I think the system moves pretty well. Especially after a half hour of use after installation and a reboot, to "settle". So I encourage everyone to try it, and that you share your experience in the comments. Kings will be as if you had brought a new phone.