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Samsung has declared that it will not be rolling out official Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) updates for its single-core devices and this made the owners of earlier Samsung phones a bit disappointed. As a consolation of some sort,  Samsung decided to release a value pack with the XXJW4 firmware that would stop all the complaining. It’s not ICS but it has many features like the following: Face Unlock TouchWiz 4 Photo Editor better GPU performance updated Google Apps Apparently, this value pack really is official and it has a lot of improvements and additional features. Aside from the…

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AOKP Ice Cream Sandwich ROMs are practically raining from the sky, and many devices are continuously added to the list of supported handsets. Devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S GT-I9000 have already received their share of Ice Cream Sandwich ROMs coming from many developers with their own specialized builds, but there is one AOKP ROM that separates itself from the rest, as it promises to be one step ahead of other custom ROMS by providing users with the AROMA Installer. AROMA Installer is basically an installation wizard that lets users set different installation options prior to actually flashing the…

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The TouchWiz 4, MIUI 4, and stock Ice Cream Sandwich launchers are the must-have skins on your Samsung Galaxy S. You can enjoy all these three on your Samsung Galaxy S GT-I9000 running an AOSP-based Android ICS custom ROM by installing WeUI ROM. XDA Developers member nightstalk0 reveals a new ROM for your phone. WeUI ROM lets you enjoy the sought-after Android skins—TouchWiz 4, MIUI 4, and ICS Launcher—right on your Samsung Galaxy S. The ROM also offers a new touch-based installation menu, which allows you to easily wipe data, install ROM-bundled apps, and install the custom ROM. If you…

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Users of the Samsung Captivate I897 will have reasons to celebrate as an all new Ice Cream Sandwich ROM has been released for the device. The fully opensource ROM known as Codename Android will set new standards in custom ROM modifications. Codename Android is based on Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich and is built with speed, stability, and customizability in mind. The Samsung Captivate I897 was recently blessed with the Codename Android ROM, which roughly translates to official Codename Android ROMs instead of unofficial ports. The ROM is still in its beta version with some bugs and nonworking features. However,…

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If you’ve upgraded your Samsung Galaxy S to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) through custom ROMs, it’s most likely not preloaded with TouchWiz 4.0.  There are custom ICS ROMs that include TouchWiz, but how many of them run version 4.0? Thanks to the efforts of XDA Developers member PaWill, you can load up your Samsung Galaxy S with TouchWiz 4.0, provided your phone has been upgraded to an ICS-based custom ROM. TouchWiz 4.0 is the latest version of Samsung’s default user interface, and according to the developer, the TouchWiz 4.0 package has been reported to work properly with these…

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You may have loved them, or you may have hated them, but with the advent of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) also came the removal of hardware buttons. As a result, it produced a sleek overall phone design and gave buttons such as Back, Menu and Multitasking, a new home on the phone’s screen. The Galaxy S may have seen a lot of development in the realm of ICS-themed custom ROMs but none of them had on-screen buttons that other phones running Ice Cream Sandwich did, like the Galaxy Nexus. Thanks to paintball23456, member of XDA Developers, now even…

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The Samsung Galaxy S is a remarkable phone that catapulted Samsung’s success in the mobile phone arena. Since its inception, the Galaxy S was touted to be a huge success boasting its Super AMOLED capabilities. With Ice Cream Sandwich already hitting the shores of many Android smartphones this year, it seems that the Galaxy S will be left behind in terms of an upgrade. Samsung had already decided to deprive the Galaxy S GT-I9000 of Google’s latest frozen treat, claiming that the Galaxy S’s hardware is too old for the most recent Android OS.  But, would such a claim ever…

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There’s nothing more annoying than GPS that can’t find you. For users of the Samsung Captivate, the phone’s GPS has often suffered long lock times and inaccuracy in navigation. For others, it simply doesn’t work. Thanks to both mikel.canovas and h3llstorm, members of XDA Developers, there is now a way to fix that troublesome GPS. The best part is that this fix reportedly works for all Android 2.3.x Gingerbread ROMs on the Samsung Captivate. If you’re worried that this solution will require you to exercise your command typing skills, you can relax. The GPS fix method is quick and easy….

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Love it or hate it, looks like HTC Sense is hell-bent on getting on the Samsung Galaxy S. This newest attempt to port HTC Sense to the Samsung Galaxy S has been made by QuBe2, member of XDA Developers. It’s based on Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread and comes with HTC Sense 2.1. It may be a little old, especially with HTC Sense 4.0 being floated around, but as long as it gets a fully working Sense port, beggars can’t be choosers. At the time of this writing, the port is still under development and cannot be relied on yet for daily…

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The Samsung Galaxy S GT-I9000 was touted as one of Samsung’s successful products leading the way for emerging technologies by introducing the Super AMOLED screen found on the device. Years after its release, the Galaxy S GT-I9000 was overshadowed with new dual-core devices, larger screens, as well as latest updates in the Android operating system. With Ice Cream Sandwich already underway for many of Samsung’s devices, the Galaxy S GT-I9000 was left out of the list of devices to be given Ice Cream Sandwich upgrades by Samsung, as the device, it is claimed, has hardware limitations and insufficient to run…