Finally a good news for Samsung Galaxy SII owners, Samsung has recently released official Android 4.0 (Ice-cream Sandwich) update for SGS2. The ICS firmware is dated 9th March 2012. Although Samsung has taken a little bit of time for releasing the ICS update still this firmware has no bluish ICS interface and is very much similar to Android 2.3.6. Galaxy SII owners must be expected something better, I, myself being a Samsung Galaxy S2 user, wanted a little more from them. Right now we can only wait for another update with few new features.
The firmware is based on I9100XXLPQ (4.0.3) with modem XXLPQ and CSC OXALPQ, while the kernel build is 3.0.15. Although the update has not taken place worldwide and is limited to certain countries, but still if you want to try this ICS final build from Samsung, then you can have a look at XDA Forum or SAM Mobile, from where you can download this firmware along with the instructions for flashing/updating your Samsung Galaxy S2.
Chainfire, a very well known developer from XDA developer forum has come up with a new application that resets the flash counter and triangle on ICS (Android 4.0) builds. You can download the application TriangleAway from the official thread of the application. Following are the lines are from the developer:
The flash counter and triangle state had to be stored somewhere. Everybody knew that. Guesses have been made in the past where it could be, and I have personally compared the raw flash disk contents between different amount of custom flashes in the past, unable to find any differences. You can dump and compare the entire /dev/block/mmcblk0 and you won’t find a difference (you’ll find a few unallocated and unused gaps, though).
The solution comes with the new kernel uses by ICS builds. The flash disk actually has two hidden boot partitions, /dev/block/mmcblk0boot0 and /dev/block/mmcblk0boot1 . The MMC driver in the kernels used for Gingerbread did not present these partitions in the past, the MMC driver in the ICS kernel does.
[box type="important"]THIS IS A DANGEROUS OPERATION AND COULD POTENTIALLY BRICK YOUR DEVICE. PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK. A USB JIG IS PREFERRED IF YOU HAVE ONE. CHECK AND DOUBLE CHECK THE INFORMATION UNDER “CURRENT STATUS” IS CORRECT BEFORE RESETTING THE COUNTER ![/box]
Yesterday I came across a cool android application by Google Inc., its Androidify. You can create and customize yourself with this application in an Android style. Androidify works flawlessly in my Samsung Galaxy S2 and is quite a nice application. Androidify has more than 100 Lac downloads from Android Market till date. Just to give it a try I made a character with Androidify, screenshot is below.
Androidify can Stretch, shrink, add a hoody, style hairs, throw some shades, or even give a parrot and a pirate hat to an Android image. After creating your android dude, you can even share it with your friends just via a single click.
[box type="green"]Download Androidify From Android Market [/box]
As everyone knows that Samsung Galaxy S2 is one of the most advance phone in the market right now, what will happen if you can use two Sim cards in your Galaxy S2, isn’t great. Yup, Samsung has announced their new Samsung I929 Galaxy S II Duos. It has almost every feature of Samsung Galaxy S2 plus it is a dual Sim phone.
[box type="green"]Samsung I929 Galaxy S II Duos Features[/box]
|General||2G Network||GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900|
|CDMA 800 / 1900|
|Body||Dimensions||129.8 x 68.9 x 9.7 mm|
|Display||Type||Super AMOLED Plus capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||480 x 800 pixels, 4.52 inches (~206 ppi pixel density)|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass|
|Sound||Alert types||Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones|
|Memory||Card slot||microSD, up to 32GB|
|Internal||16GB, 1 GB RAM|
|Speed||Rev. A, up to 3.1 Mbps|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v3.0 with A2DP|
|USB||Yes, v2.0 microUSB (MHL), USB On-the-go|
|Camera||Primary||8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash|
|Features||Geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization|
|Video||Yes, [email protected]|
|Secondary||Yes, 2 MP|
|Features||OS||Android OS, v2.3.5 (Gingerbread)|
|Chipset||Qualcomm MSM8660 Snapdragon|
|CPU||Dual-core 1.2 GHz|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass|
|Messaging||SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, IM, RSS|
|Browser||HTML, Adobe Flash|
|Radio||Stereo FM radio with RDS|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS support|
|Java||Yes, via Java MIDP emulator|
|Battery||Standard battery, Li-Ion 1800 mAh|
It was already confirmed that Samsung Galaxy S2 will receive an update to Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4), but now it is confirmed that the update will be available in the first quarter of the year 2012. Although few alpha releases of ICS for Galaxy S2 has been rolled out in various android forums, but they are still very much unstable and far away from the final firmware.
Along with Samsung Galaxy S2, the other devices that are scheduled for an Ice Cream Sandwich update are Galaxy S II LTE, Galaxy Note, Galaxy R, Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy Tab 8.9, Galaxy Tab 7.7, and Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus.
Although Samsung has announced that the update will be out by the first quarter of the next year (2012), but again it will depend upon the country and the mobile operator. So lets wait for the ICS update for Samsung Galaxy S2 and see how much potential the new firmware have bought for our little champ (Galaxy S2).