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

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. 



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.



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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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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39 Comments

1. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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

2. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

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

16. terabyteRouser

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

lmao.

18. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

38. leftheodo

Posts: 108; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

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

3. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

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

19. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

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

27. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

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

32. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

36. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

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

4. AKm007

Posts: 108; Member since: Sep 06, 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.

5. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 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?

7. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

OF TOPIC: you still have your 4S?

8. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

You talking to me?

9. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

yes or I'm confusing you with someone else?

11. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 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. :)

12. AKm007

Posts: 108; Member since: Sep 06, 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.

14. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

21. AKm007

Posts: 108; Member since: Sep 06, 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.

22. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

25. AKm007

Posts: 108; Member since: Sep 06, 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.

29. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 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?

34. phantomash

Posts: 20; Member since: Aug 27, 2011

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

37. belovedson

Posts: 1060; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

try voodoo color to get accurate colors

13. tech-head

Posts: 133; Member since: Sep 02, 2011

umm......app support?

20. bucky

Posts: 3775; Member since: Sep 30, 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...

6. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

its not only about the resolution.

26. AKm007

Posts: 108; Member since: Sep 06, 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?

28. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 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

31. Muhannad

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 20, 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).

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