I know last time I was very certain that we had the final build of Ice Cream Sandwich and we have seen about 6 builds since then. Lots of speculation exists on where they are in development. It has been said that they have moved the major developers on to Jelly Bean. The only question I would have to that is, “Why do builds and rdf files keep appearing?”
The newest build is quicker and seems cleaner. I am using a custom build, but it is built off the stock base. In the stock version little things have changed. Samsung and Sprint have re-themed the 4g icon to look similar to the 3g icon, except with Touchwiz themed green and orange arrows. This, to me, is great. I hated the old yellow and white 4g icon. Signal connection issues seems to have gone away. I don’t notice WiFi disconnecting and reconnecting randomly anymore. I even find my gps locks instantly instead of considering the decision. The average speeds on the modem in my area are between 5 mb/s and 12 mb/s. These final touch-like actions certainly seem like closing the book, but there are some things left to finish.
While fast and smooth, Samsung and Sprint have yet to name any of these leaks as the official OTA. A few bugs and cosmetic issues still exist, but could be handled in an OTA update. One of the known bugs that has been addressed had to do with the stock recovery and has been known to brick both Epic 4g Touch and the Galaxy note. Once that was called to attention Samsung quickly looked to squash it. Obviously, testing the validity of that comes with some awful risks. The notification light does not flash to show text messages while the phone is charging. I’m actually very surprised this hasn’t been addressed yet. I feel it will lead to complaints among the average end-user. Screen brightness does like to randomly reset to stock levels as well.
Overall, I have found all the recent Ice Cream Sandwich builds to be fine as daily drivers and haven’t been on Gingerbread for more than a few minutes since March. I am happy that Samsung and Sprint allowed end users to help test and that this will become a trend. I did hope it would decrease the wait-time for the official product and release of source code for further development. Thanks go out to sextape, calk, sfhub, shabbypenguin, kcexactly, thirdcoastraised and many others who have kept builds, fixes and information flowing.
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