Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 18th Mar 2012 21:23 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless This past week and this weekend I've finally found the time to enter into the colorful world of custom Android ROMs. After figuring out just how insanely great and awesome ClockWorkMod Recovery is, I set about to figure out what the best Ice Cream Sandwich ROM is for the Galaxy SII. While the answer to that question became clear quite quickly, this answer also gave rise to a whole bunch of other questions.
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I disagree
by _xmv on Mon 19th Mar 2012 06:18 UTC
_xmv
Member since:
2008-12-09

As a CM9 contributor for the GT-I9000 and I9100 I disagree.
Yes, CM9 is cool. Yes it's as coherent and fast as AOSP, or maybe even a little more.

But no, Samsung does quite a bit of a job. GB was a very, very good release on the 9100. They freaking GPU accelerated EVERYTHING. 8 month before Google.

That's why the 9100 felt so smooth. That's what most of TW 4 is all about: under the hood stuff. The UI changes were subtle.

Now entering ICS... Samsung's under the hood changes had to be thrown away. A lot of diffing. A lot of porting back stuff. Mostly because, if customers were used to GB, they had to have a similar experience with ICS, or alienate all the "regular" users (aka not us, not the techies.)

It sux for us techies, and it sux in general, but that's the price to pay for the great GB release.

Thanksfully we're all free to install CM9 instead (which is far from stable for day to day use right now btw).

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RE: I disagree
by dsmogor on Mon 19th Mar 2012 10:13 in reply to "I disagree"
dsmogor Member since:
2005-09-01

And this is how Samsung differentiated by software. If they sticked to stock AOSP GSII wouldn't sell in 20m.
Now that ICS is good by itself getting pure may actually be tempting for other companies.

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