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Samsung Galaxy S2 Ice Cream Sandwich Update Released

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Samsung Galaxy S2 Ice Cream Sandwich Update Released

Samsung has released the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Samsung Galaxy S2 according to its official Twitter feed.

Earlier this month, Samsung's official Israeli Facebook page announced that the Galaxy S2 ICE update would arrive on 15 March. That statement was quickly pulled, but it seems it was roughly on the money. The official @Samsungmobile Twitter account has announced that the update for the massively successful phone has now been released in European markets and "Poland, Hungary, Sweden & Korea."Tweet

Talking to Know Your Mobile, Samsung's UK branch says that the roll-out in the UK will start from the week commencing 19 March. The one caveat is that only those with unlocked SIM-free Samsung Galaxy S2 handsets will be able to nab the update early. Network-branded phones will be subject to the testing process that accompanies most updates. This could add weeks, or months, to the release time.

Samsung Galaxy S2

Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 makes significant changes to the user interface layout of Android for smartphones. The nav bar of Android Honeycomb for tablets has filtered down to phones in this new version, and the look of the multitasking menu, apps menu and vanilla homescreen are also much more Honeycomb-y.

The Samsung Galaxy S2 was one of the most popular - and one of the best - phones of 2011. It has sold more than 20 million units worldwide and won our phone of the year 2011 award.


March 14, 2012, 8:21 pm

Much as I can't stand Apple and what it stands for, I have to give them credit for support ALL their phones (well, up to 3GS anyway) with their newer software.

This update is just for one model !!!!

This is where Android has got it SOOO wrong.

Bue Android.


March 14, 2012, 10:19 pm

I agree Premfab. I suppose Apple don't have to tolerate tons of Telco bloatware being loaded into their firmware & software with the sole purpose of annoying customers with useless apps and horrible enforced themes. That control assists with the mass software dumps across products / regions. Bad telcos.

Whilst it might be nice to get some incremental OS updates to core integrated apps within Android releases, thinking about it, I can't really complain about actually *needing* many updates outside of overall OS upgrades within Android. It is already so feature rich and generally well behaved. A bit of spit and polish and a change of scenery is often appreciated every now and again.

When you look at Apple's updates for the iPhone (I don't own one), most their OS updates seem to introduce features that Android & Symbian could do years ago, just in a better way. Incremental updates take care of core apps and add useful tweaks throughout the life cycle of the product. Customers appreciate it when they're led to believe that the company peddling the gadgets, actually shows commitment to thinking about end users experience, even on older products. That builds faith (if a fickle kind) - which can be priceless if leveraged well.

I just updated my SGS2 today (UK Vanilla contract-free) and I can barely even notice any differences bar the font and a few menu / icon tweaks. Still, a wonderful phone that i'm sure we'll all hack Android 5 on to, when the time comes!

Praveen Kumar

March 28, 2012, 6:12 pm

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David Bridge

April 4, 2012, 1:16 am

Typical. A feature all about an Android phone and immediately people have to bring bloody Apple in to it.

Its not about Apple! Get over it. Why does anybody care anyway? Just buy the phone you like and be happy.

You can live without the latest update for a few weeks or months anyway. Actually you don't even need it at all ever!

The S2 has always been an awesome phone and it still is now even without ice cream. Put ice cream on it and it will still be awesome but if you are that paranoid about upgrading then don't bother as you'll just be buying an S3 in a few weeks anyway.

The reason Androids don't get updated as quick as iPhones is because there are loads of different Android phones and just a handful of iPhone models; it's that simple. The same is true for docking stations and covers, accessories etc. Any product manufacturer will look first at the easiest market and with the amount of iPhone variants (i.e. all the same connectors in the same place), the iPhone is the obvious choice. If I wanted to make a hardware phone accessory I would start with the iphone. If I want to make an app then I start with the biggest market and if I want to rush out a new OS and cripple myself financially by risking all the come-backs as people moan about slow handsets and unreliability I would go for Android. You'll get it when its ready.

That said, I have a sim-free S2 that I paid for myself with cash and as I paid for it myself rather than expecting a telco to bundle it for me so that I can pay on drip and then moan incessantly about the telco, I can upgrade my phone right now if I want to. You know what, I might just do that. Then again, I might just wait a few weeks and buy an S3!

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