Ice Cream Sandwich running on existing Android devices?

Ice Cream Sandwich running on existing Android devices?What's this? A screenshot of Ice Cream Sandwich running on a Samsung Galaxy S II? Taken by yours truly! Are your eyes deceiving you?

Well, kinda. But we'll gloss over that. Because let's face it, it's going to be a month at least before any of us get any ICS loving.

So in the meantime, you're going to have to cheat a little.

Yes, Google has said that it'll be making the update available to manufacturers who offer Gingerbread devices - Sony Ericsson has signed up already, HTC is still scratching its head while Samsung will almost certainly push it out first considering one of its handsets - the newly announced Galaxy Nexus - is ICS' premiere host.

But while you're waiting, step in ICS Launcher+, which is now available for the pocket-busting price of 82p on the Android Market (there is also a free version) which we installed last night on a whim and instantly fell in love with.

The devs behind this have put a lot of effort into making it look like more than just a theme and it comes with various other bits like being able to swipe up to make the notifications bar disappear. There are multiple home screens with the various ICS wallpapers included plus that nifty little dock at the bottom - complete with soft keys to replace the physical buttons (which of course just end up doubling up on a device which already has buttons!)

The app drawer has a widgets section (although it just installs them rather than letting you preview them), the Google search bar at the top is of an ICS nature and you can even pop the new default analogue clock on your screen too which automatically opens the clock app.

The only drag is that the icons you use are the Honeycomb ones or those that Samsung/HTC etc install by default. But the devs do appear to update this app on a daily basis (if not once a day, certainly a couple of times a week) so they shouldn't take too long to arrive.

You can get other benefits of ICS on Gingerbread now too if you're a bit creative: download a data usage monitor, use something like Read It Later or Instapaper for offline reading and change the font with something like Type Fresh (though you'll struggle to get Roboto yet). Some of these apps need rooting and you will, of course, only really be dressing up as an Ice Cream Sandwich owner. But for the sake of a few weeks, it's definitely worth it.

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GAVINSM  Oct. 21, 2011 at 12:21

Fields25  Oct. 21, 2011 at 13:16

I've been doing similar with my sgs2 using GoLauncher EX but it's ended up as a bit of a cross breed. I'm happy with it as it at the moment but now i've got rid of the notification bar I could really do with a 1x1 widget that shows signal strength. Something minimal and customisable. Any suggestions anyone?


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