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With the release of the Google Nexus S with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and the phone rooted on launch day, it was only a matter of time before the excellent Android developers ported the new operating system to other devices. With the release of the Android 2.3 SDK, some already got it working on the HTC EVO 4G, but it was a buggy test build.
Now, it seems that the Samsung Galaxy S has received Android 2.3 from some hard-working developers. François Simond, also known as supercurio has been working on this port since the release of the Google Nexus S on Thursday. According to Simond, due to the fact that the Google Nexus S shares much of the same hardware, the port was quicker than many expected.
Android 2.3 brings a whole host of new features to Samsung Galaxy S devices including the new user interface which really emphasizes blacks and greens, the Garbage Collector which speeds up the OS, and a brand new keyboard. We’ve listed some of the improvements below:
Android 2.3 on Galaxy S
- User interface refinements with a green-black theme
- Faster, more intuitive touch keyboard
- Garbage Collector — speeds up the device
- Improved power management screen
- Better downloads management
- New developer modules to enhance games and applications
- Screen off CRT animation
Of course, there are some caveats. The build isn’t 100% functional at this point, so quite a few things are missing. Namely WiFi access, button mapping, and service. But, the developer (supercurio) is ironing out those bugs as soon as he can.
You can expect this port to launch fairly soon. We’ll be sure to write up some instructions when it’s posted. Also, it’ll be coming to other Galaxy S devices soon… including but not limited to the AT&T Captivate and T-Mobile Vibrant. We encourage users to check out the IRC channel for the porting project.