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Samsung Galaxy S II treated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, hats off to MIUI ROM

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Samsung Galaxy S II treated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, hats off to MIUI ROM
The Samsung Galaxy S II and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich? To us that sounds like a killer combination, but while others would probably have to wait until early 2012 when Samsung is expected to roll out the ICS update, you can have it now if you dare flash the MIUI ROM on your S II. 

The crafty developers behind one of the most popular mods for Android, have brought ICS, but it's not exactly in its vanilla form. You'd still get MIUI's signature looks and customization and not the neon glow of Android 4.0, so while you lose the UI elements, the functionality is there.

The magic was accomplished by combining the ICS framework from GalnetMIUI 1.11.2 and CM7 for AT&T's version of the Galaxy S II. While this is not the full-fledged Android 4.0, it's probably an excellent illustration of how ICS can (and most probably would) be tweaked by various phone makers. 

Samsung Galaxy S II treated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, hats off to MIUI ROM


You'll also get a big improvement in overall performance with Quadrant hitting 5,000 and SunSpider tests also yielding a much improved score. Your score might differ as the Galaxy S II in question got overclocked to 1.6GHz, but you'd still get an improvement.

Samsung Galaxy S II treated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, hats off to MIUI ROM


Hit the source link below for a detailed description of the features you'd get after flashing the ROM and instructions on how to get it to work. It's still a development build, so be also warned that some issues might appear, but for the bravest of you, it's all out there. 




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posted on 08 Nov 2011, 08:03 5

1. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


5000 on quadrant? lolol!!!! Someone make a port for the SGS1... now!!! lololol

that is fantastic.. and its not even the full ICS. lol

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 08:08 4

2. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


hell yeah it is fantastic but in my opinion, MIUI looks g@y..

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 09:26 2

16. terabyteRouser (Posts: 415; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


lmao.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 10:27 3

18. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


miui is meant to be an iphone clone. The code itself is suppose to be fantastic, but yea, not a big fan of the direct copy of all things iOS.

posted on 09 Nov 2011, 08:20

38. leftheodo (Posts: 64; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)


Of course it looks g@y! It looks like iOS!

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 08:10 2

3. protozeloz (Posts: 5371; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


O noes I see you ain't getting cured from your ROM addiction

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 10:27 2

19. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


im trying reeeeeeeealy hard proto. ive been on the same rom for 2 months now

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 12:54 2

27. protozeloz (Posts: 5371; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


At least roms dont cost you moneyz I have 25-30 worth launcher stuff :/

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 14:33 3

32. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


lol.. sure they do, because i donate to ROM developers that make exellent products. I know ive flipped TeamWiskey 30 bux for the trouble among others.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 19:53

36. networkdood (Posts: 6261; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Works nice on my cappy. But, yeah, I want to see full ICS

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 08:17 2

4. AKm007 (Posts: 108; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)


The SGS2 is still the phone to get unless you really need the higher resolution of the nexus. But that's all you'll lose if you get this. You get the nexus, you lose the benchmark bragging rights, the better camera and of course the super amoled plus.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 08:24 2

5. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Why anyone would prefer 800x480 over 1280x720, PenTile or not, is beyond me. I wish people would quit harping on PenTile on the Nexus. At 1280x720 its effects will be negligible.

And benchmark bragging rights? Bah. If it runs smoothly, who cares how it benchmarks?

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 08:29

7. protozeloz (Posts: 5371; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


OF TOPIC:

you still have your 4S?

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 08:30

8. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


You talking to me?

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 08:32

9. protozeloz (Posts: 5371; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


yes or I'm confusing you with someone else?

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 08:44 2

11. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Must be. I rock a broken Rogue and an Alias 2. My fiancee has an iP4, which I try to keep my distance from. :)

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 08:48 1

12. AKm007 (Posts: 108; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)


I'm not saying you would prefer 480x800 over 1280x720. All I'm saying is that its not that big of a deal to not consider the other facts. If you look at the nexus from an angle other than 90 degrees, you get a green tinge with the nexus. Phonearena had an article on that. Again, I think a better camera, a better quality screen regardless of the pixel density makes more sense. Also I would like high benchmarks as bragging rights though i would like a 720p screen. The green tinge is a sad part. And with the other companies releasing screens without the pentile and the green tinge. The nexus isn't that great a phone except for its resolution.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 09:01 2

14. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


The green tinge was noticeable in pictures, yeah, but I'm probably used to it being an AMOLED (1st gen) user. With AMOLED in general the focus is on contrast and vibrance, not color accuracy.

Until we see reviews, I wouldn't call the Nexus' camera inferior. As many here have pointed out, # of megapixels doesn't tell the story. On the other hand, the Rezound has the same resolution, is RGB, and may actually have a superior lens/aperture and thus a better camera. I'm more interested in having a great camera, great screen and nice UI than benchmark numbers. If the phone runs smoothly enough, you can't visually enjoy a benchmark.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 10:39

21. AKm007 (Posts: 108; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)


The SGS2's camera has been tested and it is one of the best. Phonearena's preview of the nexus said that it was decent but not comparable to the other sharpshooters out there. And i think i'd prefer color accuracy to more pixels. And since the SGS2 iis getting an official ICS update and already has an unofficial update, your arguments are redundant. And what I meant when i wanted high benchmarks was that it would be a bragging right in saying that mine is faster than yours even if it couldn't be perceived. The same way the 720p screen would make a difference, but not one that big to warrant the other features draw-backs negligible.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 11:10 2

22. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


I consider the ICS argument valid until it starts rolling out to devices other than the Nexus. I'm no fan of TouchWiz (I think it looks like an iOS clone) and I would never root my phone.

720 versus 480 is not at all about bragging rights, it's about fine detail quality. Even on a 4.3" screen, the difference will be noticeable, especially to anyone who's ever used an iPhone 4x. I applaud both Samsung and HTC for pushing Android into Retina display territory. Saying it's not noticeable is like saying DVD and Blu-ray look the same on a 720p TV.

And if you're most interested in benchmark bragging rights, you're going to spend a lot of money trying to keep the fastest Android device on hand every month.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 12:28

25. AKm007 (Posts: 108; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)


I never said that the difference between a 720p screen and the 480x800 is not noticeable. All I'm saying is that HTC's implementation is better with no color shifting and no pentile matrix. So might as well buy the best 720p screen around rather than settle for the nexus. And i said benchmarks as bragging rights being that you own an SGS2 and your friend owns a nexus. You will always be able to brag that your does better in that area and will also mean that your SGS2 will always be able to run an application that the omap in the nexus will have problems managing.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 13:05

29. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


I agree that S-LCD at 720 will be the display to beat but HD SAMOLED will look pretty sweet as well. I'm undecided between the Nexus and Rezound myself. But I really don't give a crap about raw processor speed so long as the phone isn't lagging, else the S3 on the Rezound would be a disqualifier. And who's writing Android apps that the OMAP 4 can't handle? Isn't the whole point of the Nexus line to set a benchmark for developers?

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 16:09

34. phantomash (Posts: 20; Member since: 27 Aug 2011)


so what you're saying is that if you go S2 you get benchmark bragging rights, and that's about it? ;)

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 21:36

37. belovedson (Posts: 832; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


try voodoo color to get accurate colors

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 08:54

13. tech-head (Posts: 132; Member since: 02 Sep 2011)


umm......app support?

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 10:28

20. bucky (Posts: 1336; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


does that really matter when the screen is 4.3" ??? Im confused as to why people need 720P and uber tiny icons on their phone...

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 08:28

6. protozeloz (Posts: 5371; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


its not only about the resolution.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 12:31

26. AKm007 (Posts: 108; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)


Since ICS has already been ported onto the SGS2, what does the nexus bring to the table that the SGS2 doesn't other than resolution?

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 13:00

28. protozeloz (Posts: 5371; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I personally dont do custom roms or not much, nexus is the device that gets the updates the fastest, witch is one of the reasons Im getting one, also Nexus is going to be the main device for projects like android @ home Nexus has LTE witch people may consider over the HSPA+ Galaxy S2, also Nexus For being a DEV device is the one used for making apps furthermore being the most compatible device with apps on the market so its not only about RES

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 14:23

31. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


The Galaxy Nexus brings Stock ICS not TouchWiz, a bigger display, and a better design (I personally think the GSII is a great device but I don't like the design).

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 08:38

10. iWallE (Posts: 48; Member since: 10 Oct 2011)


The interface looks great. But.... the shots of the homescreen scare me a bit. Rows of rectangular icons with rounded edges, a dock with four icons on it... the whole thing looks worryingly similar to iOS. I'm afraid we may witness a new wave of patent cases.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 09:18 3

15. orangejuice (Posts: 11; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


Apparently you have never seen MIUI before.

posted on 09 Nov 2011, 16:49

39. iWallE (Posts: 48; Member since: 10 Oct 2011)


True, I hadn't seen it. I've never been interested in custom ROMs. Now that I read a little about MIUI, I think it looks really good. But I'm not very fond of the "iOS copy" concept. And if the statement on their site that "MIUI is one of the most popular Android ROMs in the world" is true, that means there are a lot of people who bought Android when they actually wanted an iPhone.
And sorry for the lame comment above. Obviously, the looks are credit to MIUI, not ICS.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 09:28 1

17. terabyteRouser (Posts: 415; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Yea, MIUI pretty much attempts to replicate iOS on the Android.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 11:45

23. chuckyoo (Posts: 34; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


With MIUI which I am running on my SGS, you can use go launcher and just, also download the the full ICS theme and apply it then use desktop migrate to migrate the icons to go launcher. Mine looks like galaxy nexus minus the three bottons and mine 4 and of course UI elements. If you so much want to imitate it, the closest thing is the ICS launcher over at the market.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 12:21 3

24. abdane (Posts: 474; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


i'm just gonna wait to early 2012 ! ^_^

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 13:07 1

30. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


The SGS3 will be pretty sweet, but it won't hit the US til late 2012 at this rate!

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 15:17 1

33. Laucius (Posts: 4; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)


Tried the rom on SGS2 (i9100) its nice even if its not meant for it :) :) :)

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 18:13 2

35. remyrz (Posts: 184; Member since: 28 Oct 2010)


omgg here come the beaast!! love my GS2 .. ^3^

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