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T-Mobile Galaxy S2 Gets Ice Cream Sandwich Themed ROM – Domination

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T Mobile Galaxy S2 Ice Cream Sandwich ROM

We’ve got an Android 4.0 ROM (in alpha version) for our international version of Galaxy S2, i9100, but our friends at T-Mobile in US who have a slightly different version of S2, are yet to get one true AOSP Android 4.0 ROM for their Galaxy S2. But fret not, if you’ve got the Galaxy S2 device at T-Mobile, there is a custom ROM to ease you for the time being,  till real Android 4.0 firmware/rom is out.

Called Domination — it’s got the ICS theme, which makes it look very much like an actual Android 4.0 ROM, and it’s faster, no-bloatware ROM, based on Android 2.3.5 with Samsung’s beautiful TouchViz 4 UI. It’s not based on Android 4.0, ice Cream Sandwich, btw, in case it needed repetition.

[warning]The methods and procedures discussed here are considered risky and you should not attempt anything if you don’t know completely what it is. If any damage occurs to you or your device, we won’t be held liable — you only will be responsible, you’ve been warned!!![/warning]

[error]This guide is applicable only for Samsung’s Galaxy S2 at T-Mobile SGH-T989 — and not for that one at AT&T, Sprint or international version.  Check your phone’s version in Settings – About Phone. It has to be “SGH-T989” for this firmware to be compatible with your phone. If it’s not SGH-T989, simply don’t try this ROM on your android handset — don’t even think about it if you care about your android device.[/error]

Info about the ROM:

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  • Developer: Revolution
  • Official Development Page – Link
  • Current version – v1.5 (Nov 23, 2011)

Things to take care of before Installing ROMs

  1. Installing/Flashing this ROM will erase your apps and data. So, it’s a very important you back them up before proceeding further. To backup your apps and important data — bookmarks, contacts, SMS, APNs (internet settings), etc. this Android backup guide would help you. Restore APN settings if Internet isn’t working for you. And if you are using a rooted phone, you can save application’s data too, using Titanium backup (free app on android market) to backup apps with apps with data. Use the same app again to restore those apps with data.
  2. Drivers! — it’s important you’ve the proper drivers installed. Download links below:

How to Install Domination — Ice Cream Sandwich Based custom ROM for T-Mobile Galaxy S2 SGH-T989

  1. You need to have clockworkmod recovery installed on your phone. If you don’t have it, use this Guide on ClockWorkMod recovery for T-Mobile Galaxy S2.
  2. Download the latest version of the ROM from the official development page here.
  3. Transfer the ROM to your phone’s sdcard.
  4. Disconnect phone from PC. Power it off — wait for 6-7 seconds after screen goes off.
  5. Boot into recovery mode by pressing both Volume UP and Down keys and then Power key.
  6. In recovery, select install zip from sd card » choose zip from sd card » browse through sd card and select the rom file you transferred in step 3 above. Select Yes on next screen
  7. This will begin the flashing od Domination ROM, after which you’ll be back in recovery. Go back, and select ‘reboot system now’ to reboot the phone.
  8. [Optional] If you like this ROM, support the development by donating to the developer – Revolution.

Share you thoughts and problems, if any, in comments below.

Screenshots

DominationT989 Custom ROMIce Cream Sandwich ROM
TMobile Galaxy S2TMobile Galaxy S IIAndroid 4.0 ROM
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  • Mattbeck16

    This “dev” ( wouldn’t call him that…he just kangs other peoples stuff ) is well known on the forums as a hackjob. He takes other peoples work without permission and lightly themes it differently.

    Please remove this so people don’t ruin their phones

  • http://twitter.com/0xD34D |0xD34D|

    It’s articles like this that end up confusing the shit out of people.  It is in no way, shape, or form an Ice Cream Sandwich based rom.  The title is 100% misleading and I’m sure that is intentional

    • http://www.theandroidsoul.com/ Kapil

      Edited.. hope it’s clear now :(

  • mark allen

    the rom looks like crap if you ask me just use eagles blood fast smooth keeps the good qualities of the stock rom with no bloatware and give u the nice nexus old fashioned tv turn off animate when it goes on standby

  • Monkey1305

    it bricked the crap out of my phone lol had to re3 order a new handset

  • Noreply

    Constant force close on Telus version. Had to load stock rom back

    • Guest

       It says only for T-Mobile Galaxy S II, you moron.

  • t-blu

    Not ICS – just a themed ROM with some of the ICS features added to it. Nice ROM, but not ICS…

  • http://www.theandroidsite.com benmarvin

    Still only Android 2.3.5 based, just with an ICS theme. I am disappoint.

  • Fábio Palácio

    This is rom is only in English or have the option of Portuguese?

    • Fabiobatista

      portuguese too, just choose the language when install the room.

      • Ramias4

        Fabio! Deu certo essa atualizaçao ? Voce recomenda? Possuo um SGH-T989 e moro no brasil.

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