Monday, January 9, 2012

Samsung Galaxy S "Value Pack" Update Leaked – Brings Minor UI Changes, Face Unlock, And More


It's been a rather wild ride for Samsung Galaxy S users regarding a possible update to Android 4.0. First, Samsung, issued a statement saying that they could not update their former flagship phone. After a community outcry, however, they responded with a different possibility - a "Value Pack" update, one that would include some key features from Ice Cream Sandwich (such as Face Unlock) but which would still be based on Gingerbread. Samsung later decided to not go through with the Value Pack update.

The plot has thickened once again, however: a version of the update has been leaked, and while it may not be as good as Ice Cream Sandwich itself, it does bring a host of improvements:

Changes
  • Face Unlock
  • Updated Camera
  • Photo Editor from Galaxy SII
  • Unlock screen from Galaxy Note
  • General improved performance

Downloads

Instructions For Flashing Firmware:
  • Extract the firmware
  • Put your device into Download MODE
  • Start Odin
  • Click PDA and select CODE_I9000XXJVU_CL851880_REV03_user_low_ship.tar.m d5
  • Click PHONE and select MODEM_I9000XXJVU_REV_00_CL1092175.tar.md5
  • Click CSC and select GT-I9000-CSC-MULTI-OXAJVU.tar.md5
  • Then finally click START! 

Instructions For Rooting JVU :
  • Extract the Rooted Kernel
  • Open Odin
  • Put your device into Download MODE
  • Click PDA and select CF-Root-XX_OXA_JVU_2.3.6-v4.3-CWM3RFS.tar
  • Then finally click START! 



At this time it's unclear if or when Samsung will officially release the final version of the update to the general public.