Android 2.3 Gingerbread beta update for Samsung Galaxy S i9000 leaks
Since Google has officially unveiled Android 2.3 Gingerbread almost three months ago, some Android phone manufacturers have promised to release updates to this version for their devices. Among them was Samsung, promising to update the Galaxy S, last year’s flagship Android smartphone, to the newest version of the operating system. Last time we heard of this, Samsung was supposedly going to get the update out in March. Of course, after the amount of time it took Samsung to update the Galaxy S to Android 2.2 Froyo, many people were skeptical of this.
However, it may just happen. Maybe not this month, but pretty soon anyway, since the first Android 2.3 Gingerbread software build for the Galaxy S has leaked. Now keep in mind that this is clearly not the version that Samsung will release as the official update. For one thing, the Android Market only works if you root your device. And Swype is not included in this software version.
So this is clearly not for everyone to try. For the most enterprising of you, though, SamFirmware has instructions and a download link. Please also note that this is intended for the i9000, better known as the international version of the Galaxy S, and not for any of its countless carrier-customized variations.
This build will clearly be of a lot more use to developers rather than the average Joe, but it does show that Samsung is hard at work getting Gingerbread on the Galaxy S. It’s only a matter of time now.