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.”
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.
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.