Official Android 2.3 Gingerbread ROM for Samsung Galaxy S leaked

The lack of the Gingerbread version of Android on the many different versions of Samsung's Galaxy S smartphone has been the source of much consternation for owners the world over. With Android's fragmentation problem, along with Samsung's apparent inability to get updates to carriers it's all becoming a bit of a farce. Now though, assuming you're using a European I9000 handset you can take matters into your own hands.

A post on Android Central brought to our attention a forum entry on the much-loved XDA Developers site detailing the release of a new, leaked build of 2.3.3 Gingerbread for the standard I9000 iteration of the Galaxy S. According to Android Central, this is the build you would receive if you happened to send your handset in for repair - presumably Samsung is updating handsets when they arrive at their repair centres.

Unfortunately however, if you're one of the many US owners of one of the umpteen variations on the Galaxy S design then you're still out of luck. As things stand you'll be left waiting for the official release via your chosen carrier, whether that be Gingerbread or FroYo for those still not deemed worthy by Samsung.

Check out the video for a rundown of the leaked ROM, and head on over to XDA Developers for information on downloading and installing Gingerbread on your very own Galaxy S.

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i have the gt i 9000 and this works great so far,
Having the international version is nice, got froyo in January,
flashed this with Odin and it flashed flawlessly.

My carrier just released 2.2 for my Galaxy S this past Wednesday. I'm not even gonna bother asking when they'll release 2.3 - my contract (which I just signed in December) will probably be up long before then.

UndergroundWire said,

Loading ROMs requires rooting. Rooting voids warranties.

Wrong, and roms do not require root. The they do void warranties.

nubs said,

Wrong, and roms do not require root. The they do void warranties.

Regardless of the specifics on which part voids the warranty, it is still made null and void. However, it does not seem to affect insurance, as I've previously made a successful claim on a damaged handset through my insurance.

UndergroundWire said,

Loading ROMs requires rooting. Rooting voids warranties.
You can un-void it by flashing back to Samsung real firmware. And its not loading ROMs needs rooting, its more like ROMs included root.

Don't blame Samsung for all the different Galaxy S models and therefore different roms needed, the carriers could help by not all depending on different cellular technologies, then not so many different models would be needed.

thealexweb said,
Don't blame Samsung for all the different Galaxy S models and therefore different roms needed, the carriers could help by not all depending on different cellular technologies, then not so many different models would be needed.

There are two iPhone 4 models: One compatible with the GSM network and another for CDMA. So why is it Samsung needs ALL these different models?

.Neo said,

There are two iPhone 4 models: One compatible with the GSM network and another for CDMA. So why is it Samsung needs ALL these different models?

I don't not sure if the iPhone 4 would function correctly on T-Mobile's 3G. One Galaxy S optimised for AT@T's GSM and one optimised for T-Mobile's GSM (I think they use different frequencies for 3G) and another for Verizon's CDMA. Maybe one more for Sprint? My point is Samsung has to dance around to build models for all the USA carriers whereas in Europe most GSM phones would work anywhere in Europe.

Last time I checked an AT&T iPhone 4 will work just fine on Europe's 3G network. T-mobile sells iPhones around here...