Saturday, January 7, 2012
These past months have been a happy user of my Galaxy S with both the "official" ROMs Samsung as with MIUI and Darky Rom two ROMs by independent communities that further enhance the phone experience. Whatever the Gingerbread ROM that you heap up, agree with me that have been crashing back, the battery did not last long, etc.. I think Android is the only case in the world of technology, where on the same hardware, each version of the software runs faster and more stable.
Version 4 of the Android operating system, known as: But when our smartphone then face a new challenge has come Ice Cream Sandwich . It is not clear that Samsung will get an official update since the Galaxy S RAM is becoming a little bit for this version (the phone was released more than two years ago), but even if we fail to do so, why not with enthusiasts who make the impossible possible. And one of these projects is that I am going to talk about today, having certified experience maturity.
Which brings Ice Cream Sandwich
But first I am going to discuss what I liked about Ice Cream Sandwich and why more worthwhile upgrade:
- Improved design: simpler, with a more discreet appearance. Categorized menus more intuitive system. Buttons on the bars of the most common application for shares.
- Menus and similar to a tablet interface, so that you have both devices do not have to think about how things are done in each.
- New highly customizable home launcher, and many inherited widgets for tablets, very useful and nice 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 photo gallery and camera faster.
- Integration default Google Books and Google Music.
- The famous facial recognition unlock (so far I have not managed to work).
- 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 summary this has been a major upgrade, much more noticeable than those accounted for Froyo and Gingerbread.
And now that I have set the long teeth, let's see how to install Ice Cream Sandwitch on our Galaxy S. It is no more complicated than installing any other ROM third:
This ROM is still experimental so we must keep in mind that something might stop working at some point (wifi, 3G, etc) could have data loss, etc.. Always Make a backup of your apps with Titanium Backup and calls / SMS with SMS backup . In fact I recommend you heap up both programs no matter the ROM that you've installed.
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 . Lineman always a kernel that matches the version of Android that brings your phone, which you can see in "Settings> About phone". If you have previously installed and 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 are two custom models U.S. carriers. We can check what our model is, as we have done before entering the "Settings> About phone" menu on your phone.
- Now we enter the Web of 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 appears labeled "Main ROM". For example today for the i9000 and the link is 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. Do 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 "turn volume up + home +" for about 10 seconds to enter the recovery mode, if you have installed the appropriate kernel as we saw in the beginning, is the CWM mode. Once there choose "install zip from sdcard" then "select zip from sdcard" and chose the ZIP file that you have copied to the phone. Then it will install the ROM, and restart the phone a few times in the process.
- Most likely after two or three different runs constantly reboots reinicándose the same way, in an endless loop. At this point we must turn off the phone (by pressing more than 8 seconds at the off button or directly turning it by removing the battery and putting). Once we turn off to enter CWM mode by pressing a combination of three keys. This time choose "wipe cache and dalvik cache" and immediately afterwards "wipe data / factory reset" (NOTE: this will erase all data on the phone). After this step, reboot and 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, we turn to enter CWM mode and re-install the ROM and do the "wipes". It will all work out, a little patience.
And with that we will have Ice Cream Sandwich running on our Galaxy S, making this phone a whole SUV, which hit the market with Android Eclair (2.0), then it 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 something might stop working at some point (wifi, 3G, etc) could have data loss, etc.. Always Make a backup of your apps with Titanium Backup and calls / SMS with SMS backup . In fact I recommend you heap up both programs no matter the ROM that you've installed.
For what 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. It will be like the kings you will have brought a new phone.