UPDATE: Android Ice Cream Sandwich for Samsung Galaxy S2 officially released
Samsung has finally released Android Ice Cream Sandwich for its multimillion-selling Galaxy S2 handset
Samsung has finally released Android Ice Cream Sandwich for its world-beating Galaxy S2 handset, bringing Google’s most up-to-date iteration of its mobile platform to one of the best phones of last year.
Last week, March 9 to be specific, we received word that Android 4.0 was coming to the Galaxy S2 on the March 10. The news leaked via Samsung’s Philippines branch but was quickly quashed by Samsung HQ proper.
Samsung then proceeded to tell us that it would launch Android 4.0 when it was good and ready – and not before. It didn’t even give us a clue about a potential future release date.
Feeling rather pessimistic about the whole thing we assumed that Samsung was doing a Motorola and simply giving up on any sort of coherent updating process.
But here we are just four days later and Android 4.0 for the Samsung Galaxy S2 is now official. Guess Samsung wanted to make the launch of Ice Cream Sandwich a surprise – god knows we’ve been waiting long enough.
Of course the update will be subject to network requirements, as usual, which means if you’ve got a Galaxy S2 and it’s locked to a network you could be in for a slightly longer wait. But if you’re rocking in the free world with an unlocked handset, you should be able to download Android 4.0 right now.
Samsung confirmed the news via its social networking sites. We caught it via the company’s Twitter account.
Here is a statement from Samsung regarding the new update:
‘We expect that our customers will enjoy an enhanced experience with their Galaxy device through this upgrade. Samsung is committed to satisfying our customer needs,’ said JK Shin, President of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics.
Speaking to Know Your Mobile, Samsung said: ''Samsung UK can confirm that the roll out of Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) on Galaxy S II will be available from week commencing 19th March, however the availability of software upgrades in the UK will be dependent upon each network’s own software approvals process'