Yesterday, we finally witnessed the release of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus – a next generation device belonging to the family of the previous Nexus devices. Specs for the new device are really impressive, in particular the all new 720p 4.6-inch display. Of course, who can forget the most important aspect of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus – integrated Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) – the next generation Android OS! It also marks Galaxy Nexus as the first device that will be shipping with the ICS. If we look closely there are some advantages that Galaxy Nexus holds as compared to the recently released Samsung Galaxy S2 (SII) in US. For example screen now is HD quality and slightly bigger as compared to the already big 4.3-inch screen on the SGS2. But now doubt the biggest advantage is that it will ship with the Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0). Now many Galaxy S2 users will be thinking that when they will be able to get the port for the latest and greatest Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) in the form of official stock firmware form Samsung as well as CyanogenMod and MIUI.
This question can be tricky to answer. On one hand in recent times as we observed Samsung has a much privileged relationship with Google and it might lead to fact that top Samsung Android devices getting the ICS treatment very soon. Its known that almost all Gingerbread based smartphones should be able to get Ice Cream Sandwich or Android 4.0 treatment without problem sooner or later. And considering that Samsung Galaxy S2 (SII) is a flagship device from them, it will for sure get the update sooner than later. As for all the other advanced Android users that used to tinker play around with the 3rd party custom ROMs such as CyanogenMod, MIUI etc. may also have luck very soon. This is because as soon as Galaxy Nexus get the retail availability its expected that Google will also release the source code for the Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) and then developers can start working on the custom ROM development such as the teams working at CyanogenMod based on the latest ICS base. A new SDK with the set of APIs has already been released today by Google.
In the light of the above and considering the immense popularity of the Samsung Galaxy S2 (SII) I believe that we might see at least the first custom ROM based on the Ice Crème Sandwich before the years end. Now the question is which ROM will be the first one based on the ICS code-base? We will see soon as the race has already started! In the mean time you might want to have a look at the Samsung Galaxy S2 (SII) section on our website where have covered a large set of step-by-step guides for the custom ROM installations, rooting unlock etc.
You might also be interested in the article: Get Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Look on Your Android Device Using New Theme [How to].
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