Following on from SK Telecoms’ jumping of the gun comes the official announcement from Samsung that the Samsung Galaxy S2 Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update is rolling out now.
Samsung’s native Korea will be getting a helping first, with European countries “including Poland, Hungary and Sweden,” also getting a look in. Implicitly, the UK is included in this up; last time we looked at a map, the UK was still part of Europe.
Samsung says that “availability and scheduling of the software update and specific models upgradeable to Android 4.0 will vary by market and wireless carriers’ requirements.”
As we know from previous experience, Android updates are something of a staggered affair – when Google releases code for a new version of Android it’s passed on to manufacturers who then need to get the OTA rollout approved by each network; which is why unbranded and unlocked Android phones always get updates first.
We’re checking in with the UK networks now to find out more about when updates will be hitting Galaxy S2’s – stay tuned for updates on this.
Samsung Galaxy Note and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 getting Ice Cream Sandwich soon
As well as the Galaxy S2 finallly getting some Ice Cream love, the Samsung Galaxy Note and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be upgrading to ICS “soon.” There’s nothing forthcoming on when these updates will arrive but its good to hear that they’re on their way.
As well as this, Samsung’s also saying that firmware upgrades for the Samsung Galaxy S, Samsung Galaxy W, Samsung Galaxy S Plus, the original Samsung Galaxy Tab and the GALAXY S SCL (Super Clear LCD) variant are coming soon too.
Though these updates won’t take any device higher than Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the Samsung Galaxy S will be getting some Ice Cream-sounding features such as Face Unlock, Photo Editor and Snapshot. Looks like the Ice Cream Sandwich value pack wasn’t a myth after all.
We’re reaching out to networks now for info on the Galaxy S2 Ice Cream Sandwich rollout and when these extra updates will be arriving.