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ICS ported to Samsung Wave S8500

June 26, 2012

With Google I/O starting tomorrow, we are all excited about the possible announcement of the next iteration of the Android OS, Jellybean, expected to be Android 4.1. ICS also known as Android 4.0, took things to a whole other level for the OS, and we can only hope for better and bigger things from JB. Unfortunately, while OEMs and network operators have all been promising swift upgrades to ICS for their older devices, this has not been the case.

The rollout has been slow, to say the least, and the only sure way to be using an Android 4.0 device is if you’ve bought a new smartphone/tablet recently, with ICS out of the box. On the other hand, custom ROM developers have been working hard for us to get ICS on our devices. A lot of consumers who have been left disappointed by their device manufacturers, have turned to such ROMs, such as CyanogenMod 9. Granted, this first requires rooting and then porting the custom ROM onto the device, a process not many are comfortable with.

Joining a growing list of devices that are depending on custom ROMs to receive their ICS fix is the Samsung Wave S8500. The specifications of the device include a 1GHz ARM Cortex- A8 processor, 480×800 resolution 3.3″ display and a 5MP rear camera. If you you’re wondering why the Wave hasn’t been a very-talked about device in Android circles, that is because it runs Samsung’s Bada OS.

Wait, what?

In case you had to go back and read that again, yes, the Samsung Wave runs the Bada OS. Which means that ICS is being ported to a device that does not natively run Android! This has of course been attempted before by other developers, who unfortunately faced some roadblocks along the way. This accomplishment has finally become a reality thanks to the incredible efforts of XDA Recognized Developer mikegapinski.

The custom ROM, based on Android 4.0.4, is still a work-in-progress, and has a lot of functioning features such as WiFi and Bluetooth, including tethering, and fully functional rear and front cameras. Unfortunately, the “basic” usage of a smartphone, that is voice-calling and SMS, are not working yet. You can find a complete list of features here. You can also watch progress videos of the project at the developers Youtube channel here.

If you have a Samsung Wave and would like to try out Android 4.0 on it, you can find complete download and installation instructions here. Attempting this comes with a standard disclaimer as there is always a chance that something might go wrong, leaving you with a bricked device. A certain level of technical expertise is recommended before rooting or flashing your device.

What are your thoughts? If you are a Bada user, would you prefer to have Android 4.0 on your device? Will you be flashing the custom ROM on your Samsung Wave? Let us know in the comments section below.