The Samsung Galaxy S2, a phone that has sold over 20 million units, will get an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on 15 March. This info comes from Samsung direct, so hopefully it won’t evaporate into hot air.
We don’t have full faith in its rock-solid-ness, though. Samsung’s official Israeli Facebook page told the world that the ICS update would arrive on 15 March, but the post has since been deleted. As the best-selling Android phone there is, plenty of owners must be pining for the update by now.
Ice Cream Sandwich made its smartphone debut in the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, released in December 2011. Why the delay, when they are both Samsung phones? The Samsung Galaxy S2 uses the custom TouchWiz user interface, which needs a thorough re-tweaking and test any time the underlying Android software changes.
This delay has been the bane of Android enthusiasts ever since the first Android updates of 2008 and 2009. If anything, a 3-month delay isn’t actually that bad compared with some past performances from HTC and others.
The main improvements of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandiwich are its new user interface – which incorporates virtual nav buttons – improved multi-tasking, better data usage tools and a much improved camera app. ICS also sees the smartphone and tablet sides of the Android kingdom get together once more – previously mobiles have used 2.x Gingerbread and (most decent) tablets 3.x Honeycomb.
Samsung’s sequel to the Galaxy S2, the Galaxy S3, is expected to launch later this year. A rumoured April release was quashed by Samsung recently, but we expect it will do its best to beat the iPhone 5 to the punch.