Here are some additional things I've found after the ICS update:
- Bluetooth connects very fast; much faster than Gingerbread
- In general, apps run smoother
- The Google recent apps update made the Maps app run much smoother
- Google Voice search is a little better
- Love the newer animations
- Love the updated Google apps for ICS
My ICS update experience in total has been very positive. Granted, I did not update via Kies since it would't work on my PC so I used this method to install ICS: http://galaxys2root.com/t-mobile-galaxy-s2/how-to-unrootunbrick-to-ics-stock-on-t-mobile-galaxy-s2-sgh-t989/. You don't have to do the steps to root, but I highly recommend it if you are comfortable with it. The ability to remove the appsI want is wonderful.
I'm a software consultant/developer so I may be more comfortable doing these things then others, but it doesn't hurt to expand your comfort zone either.
On the point of T-Mobile apps and related software (bloatware), I understand T-Mobile is a business and sells space on the phone for these apps but they REALLY need to provide an official way to remove them; especially the web browser bookmarks; locking those down is pretty incredulous. Many PC makers such as Dell do ship a PC with extra software but I can uninstall them in Windows if I want. </end rant>
I'm not against rooting but I have to let people know this because just like there are various experiences with the official upgrade there will be various experices with rooting. Rooting can be dangerous and will void your warranty. You do this at your own risk! That being said look and make sure you get all the facts before you proceed to do so.
i also noticed a big jump in my memory and then my phone tends to slow down alot so i did a factory restore and now it seems to work better
I don't know why.. but I've had nothing but problems since I've updated to the ICS. I upgraded on 06/12/2012 and since then I've had 3 phone exchanges. It keeps freezing up even when I'm just swiping to get inside the phone. I assumed this was a phone issue then I started receiving error messages.. the most being that "Gmail has stopped working". So I did a master reset on the phone and did not put my SD Card in the phone and it still kept freezing and saying GMail has stopped working or says "system error". I had two other phone exchanges with the same problem ..so I have to assume it's not the phone.,because I have my last exchange does not have the ICS and it works just fine now.. which is unfortunate I want to use the most upgraded version.. that's why you pay so much for these phones ..to enjoy everything it has to offer.. They are offering me the Galaxy S3 and I don't know if I want that.. because it has the same software right??? Anyone else having an issue with ICS?
Yep nothing but issues...i installed go launcher instead of using touch wiz, and it seems allot of the freezing and slowness,i think touch wiz is causing the problem...
I have a problem upgrading (Galaxy S2) to ICS using Mac OS (10.6.8). When I install Kies, it says that Kies needs an update to be able to perform firmware upgrade and starts trying to download the update file MAC_KIESAGENT.12.06.21.01 - but it hangs at 100% and the only way to continue is to presss Cancel. When you cancel though, Kies is not updated, and cannot install the Android ICS on my phone. The Kies version is 184.108.40.20662_4. I called Samsung and they told me that there is problem with MAC OS and I should use Windows if I want to upgrade to ICS. Anyone knows a way around that - a way to upgrade to ICS using a Mac computer? Thanks
I updated the OS after reaing that ICS will consume less battery and memory. However, it use more memory, about 10mb and the battery last less than previous version of OS. This is measured by using exact same applications.
Also, noticed that it is slower when I open applications, and sometimes freeze the screen for couple second. This doesn't happen alwasy, but frequently.
Bottom line, I see more negative impact on usage than before. Feels like the HW is not meant to for the ICS. Any tips on how to avoid aforementioned issues?
Did you try this?
I swear this ICS updated is begining to annoy me now! Being gingerbread was alot better. Im getting alot of UI errors! Apps being frozen etc.... My phone is not even rooted. I might as well root this phone! (cant wait to see animaleyezz response to being rooted! LOL!)
I'm rooted home skillet. I just warn people of the dangers of rooting.
Thanks for the link. I just reset on the phone. After going through all that take to have as previous apps and setups, and having disabled suggested and unused apps, it feels little faster. However, after cache clear without any app opened, it still takes about 100mb more of usage just to maintian basic apps. Definitely it seems to use more memory than GB.
In my case, the phone for basic services, it shows using around 360mb. Previously, it used show about 260mb
Normal ICS RAM use is 350mb on the Nexus. ICS is Googles way of fighting bloatware on phones. Google wants device manufacturers to make hardware not software. Manufacturers and carriers have been fighting this concept since Android started. Kind of amazing when you see something with low grade specs like the Nexus S running it relatively smooth and this says a lot about what tanks the upgrade process.
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