Update! Go to my other post if you want instructions on how to install Android ICS 4.0 onto YOUR AT&T Captivate. Click here to go there now!
I have an AT&T Samsung Captivate Android smarphone. It’s getting a little long in the tooth when it comes to smartphones. The technology and manufacturers are popping out new devices faster then bunnies can.. well you get my drift. My point is I still like my phone. It is the right size, it still has the features I like, it does what I want it to (And I don’t get an upgrade until July 2012 …). AT&T and Samsung have long forgotten about the device. If left up to them I would still be running Android 2.2 Froyo filled with bloatware and I would have tossed it into the garbage a long time ago.
Because of the community at XDA-Developers I have been able to keep it updated with the latest and greatest versions of what Android has to offer. I have been able to not only keep my phone updated with the latest versions of Android OS versions – I have been able to run some different ROMs people have created and they have all been awesome.
Thanks to teamhacksung they have managed to put together a working ICS ROM for the Captivate and I couldn’t be happier! No longer do I have to envy those with Samsung Galaxy S II’s and all of the ICS goodness inside. Of course I don’t have everything the Galaxy II’s have. I don’t have a front facing camera or the NFS Chip. But what I do have is Android 2.4 Ice Cream Sandwich and all of the features it has to offer. There are still a few bugs to work out sure but since they originally released it back in November 2011 it has undergone some dramatic changes.
There are still a few features that are buggy or not working as of Build 12:
720p Video Recording laggy
- Camera does not support scene modes
- FM Radio does not work.
- Phone unnecessarily gets data connection on device encryption password enter screen.
- Cannot format external SD *
Sometimes duplicates listing of external SD files in the media database
- Android OS battery usage display higher than normal.
- Sometime wrong SMS selected for forwarding
- Format internal instead of external SD when requested to format ext. SD
- Transfer speed slows down when screen off
- Notification power widget uncustomizable (the widget made it into the repo, but the CMSetting app didn’t.) (temporary alpha build of CMSettings)
- Gallery face glow FCs
- Screenshot shutter sound
- No camera zoom
Most of these issues have work arounds… or not an issue for someone like myself to use as a daily ROM. I’ve found that battery life has improved greatly, and I am absolutely giddy over having ICS on the phone. It runs fine for me.
Mind you though if you decide to try and flash a ROM onto your phone – you have the slight possibility of permanently bricking the device and you will be voiding any warranties you currently have for it. This is not for the feint of heart or technically challenged.
Ok, enough gloating – I have provided some screenshots of my phone running ICS. Enjoy! And thanks again to teamhacksung and XDA-Developers!
Update: They are now on build 13 – some minor bug fixes and updates.
Update #2: They are all the way up to build 15! Wow, they move fast.