Official ICS build for AT&T’s GS2 Leaked!

Android 4.0Yesterday an official ICS (Ice Cream Sandwich, Android 4.0) build for AT&T’s Galaxy S2, (non-LTE) was leaked to the public. The build was quickly ready for an Odin flash thanks to the people at RootzWiki. I was able to download and install Samsung Kies (for the Windows drivers) in moments. Then I downloaded Odin from RootzWiki and began pushing it out to my GS2. I have to say the process, as always, was pretty straight forward. I’ll run through the process and possible issues in a moment. Once completed the process I had my GS2 running the sweet ICS we’ve all looked forward too! The OS does have TouchWiz running on top; however it is so clean that as in previous version it blends very well. I did run a few speed tests following my flash to ICS and was averaging around 7000kbps down and 1000kbps up. Prior to the upgrade I had averaged around 3500kbps down. I think that shows a dramatic increase in speeds. So far the only issue I have found is with the alarm clock and the ability to schedule it for different days. I’m assuming this will be fixed before the its officially released. I was able to fix it by just installing a separate alarm clock app. I don’t have very much more input yet as I haven’t messed with it much more. I look forward to playing with it a lot more and playing with all the awesome features that the latest Android version has to offer. – Greg

NOTE: The following is for the US AT&T Galaxy S2 i777 (not the Skyrocket LTE)

Kies –
Odin –

  1. Install Kies if you have not already, this will make sure you have the most current installed drivers for your Galaxy S2.
  2. Reboot your phone into download mode.
    a. Turn phone off
    b. Hold down volume up and volume down and press the power button
    c. Press volume up to enter download mode
  3. Connect your phone to your PC via the USB
  4. Start Odin OneClick
  5. Once you see Odin has recognized a device press “Start”
  6. Let this run until you see it has finished and the phone will reboot.
  7. Enjoy Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

If you run into any issues while this is running, errors, or it just hangs for longer than 30 minutes. Unplug the phone, close Odin, plug the phone back in, run Odin and click “start” again.


Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket to receive update

Samsung Galaxy S II SkyrocketBeginning tomorrow AT&T’s Galaxy S II Skyrocket will begin receiving an OTA update. This update is not Ice Cream Sandwich, Android 4.0. This is merely a maintenance update that will that will add several new enhancements. These enhancements include:

•      Improved performance from several Qualcomm patches and other refinements
•      User Interface updates such as the new screen unlock swipe
•      The ability to ‘reply all’ in MMS messages
•      Exchange ActiveSync wipe to remove all content from the device and microSD card
•      Improved battery indicator icon accuracy

 This update will bring the Skyrocket to Kernel version, Build number GINGERBREAD.UCLA3. So, those looking for the ICS update you wait will continue. –Greg

UPDATE:  Seems most users are having an issue installing the update. The update continues to fail after about 75%. Users have been able to complete the update after doing  a stock restore. More information on what users have tried, failed, and succeeded doing can be found here on the xda-developers forums.

Tribler: the future of file sharing

Tribler is the future of peer-to-peer file sharing as it removes the boundaries of file sharing. BitTorrent is peer-to-peer file sharing protocol used to share files. It works by a user downloading a file that is shared by many other users. The user downloading is actually downloading pieces of the file from multiple users rather then from one specific source. Torrent search engines, like The Pirate Bay, contain torrent files which indexes the file to be downloaded with users sharing the file. This type of file sharing is far from new and neither is Tribler. The difference between current torrent use file sharing and Tribler, is the Tribler does this without a centralized server or torrent search engine. Tribler allows a user to search within the app itself across the users and leave torrent search engines behind. When you’re not relying on a central source of information then there is no central location for the governments or activists to shutdown or threaten with laws. This means as the developers say “The only way to take it down is to take the Internet down.” So, if the governments take down torrent tracking sites Tribler will not be affected. If a government creates a new law, Tribler will be immune. Although it has been around a while the following is still small for now, only a few thousand. Hopefully the word will spread and masses will begin using Tribler. -Greg

Tribler is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux Operating Systems.

TorrentFreak has more details directly from the developers in an article they wrote today.