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Samsung Galaxy S gets unofficial Marshmallow update

Samsung Galaxy S I9000 2010 smartphone gets unofficial Marshmallow update
Samsung Galaxy S
The original Galaxy S flagship launched with Android 2.1 and only got official updates up to 2.3, but now users of this five-year old device can enjoy an unofficial Marshmallow update.

Samsung Galaxy S was announced back in March 2010 and has hit the market three months later. With a 4-inch display, only 512 MB of memory and a single-core Cortex-A8 processor with PowerVR SGX540 graphics, this handset can barely keep up with some of today's low-end Android smartphone. Fortunately, those who still use Samsung's Galaxy S might soon get a fully working Android 6.0 Marshmallow ROM for it, although not an official one.

The latest official firmware for the Galaxy S is based on Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread and has Samsung's TouchWiz UI on top. According to the notorious XDA Developers forum, "The device should be firmly in the graves by now, but through the efforts of XDA Senior Member sooti, users who still have the great great great grandfather of Galaxy flagships can enjoy the taste of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Fair warning, the ROM is in alpha, so expect bugs in a lot of places."

Although the ROM is still in an early stage of development, sooti confessed that building this "took weeks of work." Unfortunately, it may take a few more weeks to iron out all minor issues. For now, only the GPS is not working, but the sensors, camera, WiFi, Bluetooth, or the internal SD and USB storage mode seem to work just fine.

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Codrut Nistor, 2015-12- 4 (Update: 2015-12- 4)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.