Samsung Galaxy S II gets an early ICS ROM with TouchWiz

Samsung Galaxy S II gets an early ICS ROM with TouchWiz
Good news! There is a working (albeit buggy) ROM for non-US Samsung Galaxy S II devices based on Ice Cream Sandwich. Bad news! It's got TouchWiz, which kind of defeats the purpose of Ice Cream Sandwich.

TouchWiz isn't the worst custom UI to be put on Android devices, but it is starting to look a little old and boring. Of course, Matias Duarte and team went to great lengths to make sure that Android 4.0 looks great. It's expected that Samsung is in the process of updating the TouchWiz look with version 5.0 to fit with Ice Cream Sandwich more. Unfortunately, the first custom ROM built on ICS for the Galaxy S II has TouchWiz 4.x slapped on top of the ICS goodness. 

The ROM looks to be working fairly well, but is still in the early stages, so it probably isn't going to be a good day-to-day ROM, but it has promise. If you don't mind TouchWiz, or a fairly unstable ROM, you can give it a shot. Provided you have a non-US Galaxy S II that is. 


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Galaxy S II
  • Display 4.3" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 4 Dual, Dual-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1650 mAh(9.00h 3G talk time)

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14 Comments

1. jamrockjones

Posts: 345; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

TouchWiz makes it look like Gingerbread. Hmmmm, maybe I'll have to get stock Android when I get ICS.

2. mozes316

Posts: 144; Member since: Sep 30, 2011

Yea, they can definitely just cool down with the TouchWiz, Sense and most definitely with the MotoBlur on ICS. Just my opinion.

7. iankellogg

Posts: 155; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Motoblur is a pretty terrible rom considering it is bloat filled and doesn't add anything over stock. At least with touchwiz you get the nice pulldown toggle. Touchwiz should look mostly like stock android but with the pulldown toggle and the touchwiz widgets. I know this won't happen since they think people actually want touchwiz's launcher, same goes with sense. They really think people will be unable to use their phone if it looks different.

10. zfly9

Posts: 17; Member since: Oct 29, 2009

Having the music toggles on the lock screen? That's one thing that's nice.

11. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Is that so? Please explain, I find motoblur on the DX to be just fine, does what I need it to. Has very useful widgets built in that work much better than the crap you get off the market so I really would like to know what you are talking about. Complain complain, yet have nothing to really say why you are complaining.

12. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

have you even used any of the new Droids or the Atrix 2? "Motoblur" is really nice.

13. ledbetterp3

Posts: 467; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

Yeah, you obviously haven't recently used a Motorola phone, which Motoblur no longer exists on any them made this year. The new Motorola UI is much better than Motoblur and imo touchwiz.

14. live7373

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

I have the Droid Razr and also had the Bionic. Moto's new UI is great to me. Both phones I had were lightning fast and very smooth. I've only had minimal experience with older Moto phones but the newer ones with Moto's new UI are fantastic (IMHO)

3. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I think they need to get rid of that launcher, the new TW 5 should be based on the new ICS launcher that's far more useful and with new TW widgets, but probably the core apps modification aren't cooked yet so they decided to use the 4.0 apps instead since they should work as well Hope the TW 5 is more based on TW UX and not TW 4.0

4. PimpStrong

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 25, 2011

TouchWiz 5.0 will be re-designed for Android 4.0 unlike TW4.0

5. henrickrw

Posts: 408; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Touchwiz fine with me

6. aravinddr

Posts: 12; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

When will the official update of ICS for the Samsung Galaxy S II will be released with TouchWiz version 5.0 From Samsung....?

8. twenti7

Posts: 152; Member since: Jul 09, 2011

I personally love the icons and colors on TouchWiz 4.0 because the Super AMOLED Plus screen really makes them pop. The only thing about TouchWiz that I can't stand is the 4 icons on the bottom. Ever since I got my first Android phone, I've used custom launchers that put 5 icons on the bottom, with the app drawer icon in the middle, and that is probably going to be my favorite change with Ice Cream Sandwich.

9. edpad90

Posts: 23; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

Really mad... I cant believe that Huawei as a company already has a phone that will run on ICS coming out next week on US prepaid carrier. but lets wait until it comes to our phones to be the hottest smartphone of 2012 bet money it will be ;)

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