For those users who must see a Stable/Release Candidate (RC) version before installing, the ICS based CM9 has now moved quite a number of devices onto a RC1 stage. The release of the RC builds does not indicate that the nightly builds (Nightlies) have stopped. Nightlies are still progressing and being released as usual as issues get fixed and integrated daily.
The main benefit of being an RC release is that users are now allowed to submit official bug reports whereas previously, users could only post their issues on XDA forums. Also, an RC release indicates that the CM team feels that the baseline is more or less set and they are getting ready to close the remaining issues and march on towards a stable release. As usual, there will be no ETAs and do not ask for one. The developers will release a Stable build when it is ready.
You can find the respective RC builds from the links below:
We all know that low end phones like Galaxy Ace pretty much has no plans to be upgraded to ICS officially from Samsung. However, all is not lost as a certain team of developers are hard at work unofficially porting CM9 over to the Galaxy Ace. From forum users over at XDA, it would seem that the unofficial CM9 port is working quite well. As always there is still some bugs that needs to be worked out so I don’t suggest you to jump right into updating your Galaxy Ace to this unofficial CM9 port before reading the known issues.
One of the biggest issues for me would probably be the not fully working camera. However, Maclaw and team have been working on a fix and it is expected that the next release, beta9, would fix this issue. I would be tempted to try to get my sister’s phone updated to CM9 by that time. For now, I will keep on reading the feedbacks and getting a good idea on what issues I might expect to come across.
Note: Maclaw and team are also supporting CM9 porting work for Galaxy Gio S5660, Galaxy Fit S5670 and Galaxy Mini S5570. So if you’re interested, head on over to the threads and see what’s the latest status on these projects. For myself, I’ll only be looking at Galaxy Ace’s progress as I do not have access to any of the other devices.
I have posted a couple of weeks back that CM9 nightlies for Galaxy S2 I9100G has begun. Now, I have had the opportunity to flash my brother’s Galaxy S2 I9100G. Overall, the process was quite easy but maybe a little nerve wrecking for beginners.
The official update instructions can be found here along with the known issues and FAQs.
While we’ve heard of the name Jelly Bean (JB), it was not confirmed by Google whether it is true or which version will it be on. But now, they have let it slipped that Android 4.1 will be named Jelly Bean. This follows Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS). The first phone to get Jelly Bean will be none other than Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
Rumor has it, the next version of Android after Jelly Bean will be Key Lime Pie (KLP). At this point of time, it is still uncertain as to whether the next Nexus phone will be launched on JB or KLP. There is a Google I/O Conference coming in a few days which should see JB getting the official release and perhaps we may learn more about the next Nexus phone.
GSMArena’s report can be found here.
A Samsung Galaxy S3 buyer from Ireland had his Galaxy S3 caught fire while it was mounted in a car mount. The device has been shipped back to Samsung Headquarters for detailed investigation while the buyer got a new replacement phone from Samsung. So far, it is an isolated case but do be careful with your phone. Samsung has released a short official statement and will release more details once they have wrapped up their investigation.
GSMArena’s report can be found here.