This story has been probably the most confusing one I have covered here at Android Authority. First Samsung said that the Galaxy S series of smartphones would not be getting ICS, then they came back and said they will re-evaluate their decision, then Samsung came back to tell us that Galaxy S users would be getting a “Value Pack” instead of Ice Cream Sandwich, whatever that means. Are you confused yet? Well we are.
The new “Value Pack” leaked out over the weekend, so let’s take a look and see what we have here. It’s Android 2.3.6, firmware XXJVU, built on December 29, 2011. As far as features go, it has some new goodies:
- Galaxy Note Lockscreen
- Galaxy S2 Photo Editor
- Better camera that can snap stills while shooting video
- Fast auto-rotation
- Face unlock
If you’re a rooted Galaxy S owner, chances are you’ll have a fully functional ICS ROM very soon if not already. If not, and you want ICS then you might have to bite the bullet and root or upgrade to the Galaxy Nexus, or Galaxy S2.
If you’re willing enough to take the plunge and install the leaked “Value Pack” hit the source links below, and let us know how it works out.