Samsung Launches Android ‘Value Pack’ Update for Galaxy S in Korea

Samsung Galaxy S

Samsung has issued an update to the Android-powered Galaxy S in its homeland of Korea this morning, introducing a number of the headline features that were introduced with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

This isn’t a full Ice Cream Sandwich release, however. The Galaxy S isn’t capable of running the full ICS operating system, so this release — which is being labeled a “value pack” by Samsung — features some of the best ICS features baked into the existing Android Gingerbread OS.

One of the most notable additions is Face Unlock, allowing users to hold their handset up to their face and unlock it with a smile. Users now have the ability to take photo snapshots while recording video, and there’s a new photo editing application. Samsung has also made some improvements to folders and the launcher, and added the ability to adjust font sizes in certain applications.

Because of Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface, the Galaxy S won’t look a whole lot different on the outside to the Samsung handsets that are running ICS, according to The Verge. So you don’t need to worry about your handset looking too outdated when compared to its siblings.

Upgrading to this latest “value pack” release is fairly simple… if you’re already running Android 2.3 Gingerbread. If you’re still running Android 2.1 Eclair, you’ll first need to upgrade to Android 2.2 Froyo, and then to Android 2.3.

This release is currently only available to Galaxy S owners in Korea, but we’re expecting it to arrive in other territories within due course.

Are you looking forward to the Galaxy S value pack?

[via The Verge]


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Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...