Slaid, our knight in shining armour!

Members of various forums rejoiced recently as Slaid480 is taking over as device maintainer for the Samsung Galaxy Ace.

As we featured recently, we questioned whether official builds for Galaxy Ace were worth it. We were quick to judge, however it seems that official Cyanogenmod has been brought back from the grave.
Slaid480 is well-known in the Galaxy Ace community from creating various scripts and sharing them at xda. His most recent project, called SlaidyBoost, was even featured in xda’s news portal.

At the moment, Slaid is only releasing his builds on his xda thread, however when he gets access to CyanogenMod’s buildbot, nightlies should be pouring out.
We wish him all the best, and thank him for taking such a big role in the Ace community.

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[Official] CyanogenMod 7 for Samsung Galaxy Ace [Release Candiadate 1]

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Not a week has passed by since the first official nightly shockingly! appeared on CM repositories for Samsung Galaxy Ace. This was indeed with compliance with earlier reports that official CM 7.2 was confirmed for Ace & will release with the global schedule.

The Cyanogenmod 7.2 Official is finally making its way to Samsung Galaxy Ace. The final stable version release will coincide with the global official release of CM 7.2 for more than 69 devices.

There might be some bugs, so inexperienced users and those who would like a finished product might want to keep away.
So without further ado.. Here we go:
Download Links:

  1. If you aren’t already on Gingerbread (2.3.x), do so. (Tutorial)
  2. Install CWM Recovery 5. (CWM 4 might work) (Tutorial)
  3. While in CWM Recovery, do the following:
    • Wipe data/factory reset
    • Wipe cache partition
    • Wipe dalvik cache
  4. In CWM Recovery, choose
    Install zip from sdcard > choose zip from sdcard > update-cm-7-20120312 NIGHTLY-cooper-signed.zip > yes. Install.
  5. Reboot system!!
    Note: First boot may take 2-5 minutes.
  6. Install Google Apps:
    • Choose Install zip from sdcard > choose zip from sdcard > gapps-gb-20120116-237-signed.zip > yes. Install
    • Reboot!
  7. Install Kernel with Overclock capability
    • Choose Install zip from sdcard > choose zip from sdcard > cm-blackhawk-kernel.zip > yes. Install
    • Reboot!

And Done! Now you are up and working. Steps 6 & 7 are optional.

Note: Without step 6, you will lack basic google apps on your phone. They cannot be included in CM builds due to google objection.
Without step 7, you won’t be able to change CPU frequency.

Bugs:


This is THE news people have been waiting for. Not only after the final version release, not only the users will have a definite version to install but the devs will also be able to use it as a base for a custom ROM.

7.2.0 CHANGELOG (notable new features or fixes)

New devices: Samsung Galaxy Ace
Common: Updated translations – (everyone)
Common: T9 predictive Phone dialer – Danesh M, Pawit Pornkitprasan
Common: Media player and recorder fixes for a number of corner cases – CAF, Danny Baumann
Common: Profile resets – Ladios Jonquil
Common: Assorted Wifi fixes
OMAP Common: Support for recent OMAP3/OMAP4 devices – omapzoom
Common: Control haptic in quiet hours – Danesh M
Common: Lockscreen updates and new styles – Andrew Sutherland, Danny Baumann, Danesh M, Sven Dawitz, Taichi Nishimura
Common: Bluetooth MAP support – Jonathan Bensen
Common: ICS telephony fix backports – Spencer Oliver
Common: Support for Bluetooth GPS dongles – Cuong Bui
Common: Better support for mouse and usb keyboards – Emilio Lopez, Tanguy Pruvot
Common: Fix timezone detection in Hawaii – Warren Togami
Common: ICS Transition effects backport – Russ Underhill
Common: ICS Rotation effects backport – Tanguy Pruvot
Common: Allow photo storage selection when possible – Greg Kochaniak
Common: Improved Calendar reminder options – Danny Baumann
Common: Fix color banding in Gallery while displaying 32bpp images – Sang Tae Park
Common: ADB over network
Common: Improved AVRCP 1.3 compatibility
Common: Improved external keyboard and mouse behaviour on some corner cases – Tanguy Pruvot
Common: Status bar battery icon configuration – Simon Davie

What do you guys think? Drop your opinions in the comments below.
[via XDA]

[Official] CyanogenMod 7 for Samsung Galaxy Ace [Nightly Apr 6]

So finally, its official! See, what did we tell you! Keeping faith & having patience finally paid up, huh!
The Cyanogenmod 7.2 Official is finally making its way to Samsung Galaxy Ace. A nightly was released on Mar 12 and a final stable version might not be much far away.
UPDATE:
Latest nightly of Apr 6 attached.

There might be some bugs, so inexperienced users and those who would like a finished product might want to keep away.
So without further ado.. Here we go:
Download Links:

  1. If you aren’t already on Gingerbread (2.3.x), do so.
  2. Install CWM Recovery 5. (CWM 4 might work)
  3. While in CWM Recovery, do the following:
    • Wipe data/factory reset
    • Wipe cache partition
    • Wipe dalvik cache
  4. In CWM Recovery, choose
    Install zip from sdcard > choose zip from sdcard > update-cm-7-20120312 NIGHTLY-cooper-signed.zip > yes. Install.
  5. Reboot system!!
    Note: First boot may take 2-5 minutes.
  6. Install Google Apps:
    • Choose Install zip from sdcard > choose zip from sdcard > gapps-gb-20120116-237-signed.zip > yes. Install
    • Reboot!
  7. Install Kernel with Overclock capability
    • Choose Install zip from sdcard > choose zip from sdcard > cm-blackhawk-kernel.zip > yes. Install
    • Reboot!

And Done! Now you are up and working. Steps 6 & 7 are optional.

Bugs:

  • Found any?

Fix for link2sd (credit to kansar)

Try moving/deleting init.d script “05mountsd” then reconfigure link2sd, that script interferes with Link2sd’s sd-ext partition mounting script


While installing this build & testing it might leave you unsatisfied, this is definitely very good news. This is THE news people have been waiting for. Not only After the final version release, not only the users will have a definite version to install but the devs will also be able to use it as a base for a custom ROM.

What do you guys think? Drop your opinions in the comments below.
[via XDA]

Official CyanogenMod 7.2 Confirmed for Samsung Galaxy Ace

UPDATE: CM7.2 official is confirmed for Samsung Galaxy Ace & will roll out with the official 7.2 of all devices. More info

Why no nightlies?
Due to insufficient computing power available, the nightlies haven’t rolled out for SGA.

What about CM9?
If Samsung doesn’t rolls out ICS for Ace, it will be nearly impossible for an official CM9.

ORIGINAL:
Samsung Galaxy Ace has finally pulled it together. Expect official CyanogenMod Nightlies soon at the official website. No more betas by XDA devs. When all the bugs in nightlies will be sorted out, an RC version will follow and then a stable one.

More Information: http://review.cyanogenmod.com/#change,7133

New nightly build for download will be available  here as device name ‘Cooper’ (Within a week maybe): http://download.cyanogenmod.com/?type=nightly

So keep a little more patience. We will keep you updated.

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Official Samsung Galaxy Nexus Specs Revealed & New Android 4.0 Features (Exclusive Coverage + Price)

Here are the specs of this super awesome phone.

  • 4.65″ high-definition super AMOLED HD display
  • Edge-to-edge 720p screen high-definition. The unique Contour Display curves nicely to the shape of your face and makes it easier to hold.
  • No button design. 8.84mm thick. Thinner bezel 4.29 mm with 10000:1 contrast ratio.
  • 1280 by 720 resolution with 16:9 Aspect ratio
  • 1.2 Ghz Dual core Qualcomm Processor (TI OMAP 4460 Cortex A9)
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 5MP HD camera with 1080p video recording with zero shutter lag
  • 1 GB Ram. 32GB memory
  • Gorilla Glass
  • Barometer sensor with other standard sensors
  • 1750 mAh battery
  • 4G (LTE or HSPA+) speeds.
  • NFC support with Android Beam
  • Notification LED
  • Pogo pin accessory

It will be launched in November across the world.
Update: The Galaxy Nexus Website is now live! Link
The expected Price for Galaxy Nexus is yet announced but we expect it to be lower than S2 which takes it somewhere near to 25K INR.

The new ICS is based on ‘Roboto’ typeface which is very pleasing to the eyes.
Android 4.0 new features: (This is just a quick list)

  • Redesigned app drawer
  • New Action Bar
  • Native Screenshot support
  • Selective notification removal (like CyanogenMod 7)
  • Redesigned lockscreen with new unlock animation
  • No button support.Virtual menu & back keys that make hardware keys optional for manufacturers.
  • Inline spell checker
  • Improved Cut/Copy/Paste
  • Instant Voice Typing
  • Face Unlock (which didn’t quite work live at conference!!)
  • Improved Task Manager
  • Improved Tab Management in stock Browser with private browsing support
  • Updated Gmail app with action bar & 2 line previews + Offline search support
  • Streamlined Calendar app with pinch to zoom support
  • All others apps like google+ , maps have been updated with a new interface & streamlined controls.
  • New data usage setting with limit warning & control. ( Very advanced feature)
  • Photo sharing right from Camera App. Zoom support. ‘Single motion Panorama‘ Feature
  • New redesigned slick Gallery with Magazine UI & native Photo Editor with cropping/red-eye/filters etc.
  • New Video Recording features: Continuous Focus, Time Lapse support, Zoom whilst in Recording
  • People App: Evolution of Contact app with a social network mix.
  • Redesigned Call/Recieve UI (similar to Lockscreen UI) with a new feature called ‘Quick Response’
  • An extraordinary new sharing feature: Android Beam (proximity based interactions). You touch the 2 phones back to back and touch the screen to beam image/map/video/people card to the other phone.

The event is still live at youtube.
You can watch the recording of this event here at Youtube.

So what do you think of these changes? Did we miss any?

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Android 2.3.5 XWKS9 for Samsung Galaxy Ace

UPDATE : Seems like Sammy wants to go upto 2.3.7 or possibly upto 4.0?!! We won’t mind that. Perhaps ICS? So the firmware is available with 2 CSC’s. Just so that you know.

Download Link:
2.3.5 XWKS9   CSC: XEO | XEF (Password: sampro.pl)

UPDATE : XWKS3 (update to XWKS2) is now available. Remeber, the same happened in India where KQ5 was followed by KQ6. Whats going on with Sammy here? Releasing buggy firmwares & then trying to cover up mistakes?
Regardless, here is the download link. Flash it with ODIN as told below for KS2.

Download Link:
2.3.5 XWKS3 (Password: sampro.pl)

ORIGINAL
Another official update has hit the Ace. We were previously unsure whether this was the official version or not, but it is! The build date is mentioned as 17th Sep 2011. It is a Europe  region firmware though anyone else can install it.

Android 2.3.5
Band Base S5830XWKS2
Kernel 2.6.35.7-perf-CL601370 DELL124 root @ # 1
Build GINGERBREAD.BUKS1F
PDA: S1F / PHONE: KS2 / CSC: KS1 (OMN)

Instructions:

  1. Download the one package file from here.(Pass for the rar: sampro.pl)
  2. Flash it with ODIN using the ‘onepackage method‘ using this tutorial

What do you think about so much firmwares? Let us know in the comments section below.