Samsung Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note are confirmed to receive ICS
In addition to Samsung confirming the great news that their venerable Galaxy S II model with be moving up to Ice Cream Sandwich, we’re also greeted with the tangible news that the Galaxy Note will also be getting the tasty treat. Obviously, it goes to show how much Samsung is keeping firm in supporting its portfolio, which is surprising considering they’re taking such a massive undertaking with this.
Ultimately, it’s going to be Samsung who’ll win in the end with this move – especially when their reputation in software updates haven’t been necessarily very timely in the past. So fear not, if you happened to recently buy a Samsung Galaxy S II, you can sleep knowing that you’ll get to experience the most up-to-date Android experience.
As much as we love knowing it’s going to be getting such a monumental update, we’re curious to know on when exactly it’ll be rolling out. Let’s hope that it’s not going to be a long time!
via Android Authority
1. Retro-touch (Posts: 252; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
Now I wish if they could confirm that they will be updating the Galaxy S. It has the same hardware as the Nexus S so i don't see why they can't manage to update the Galaxy S and its variants with the hummingbird chipset
2. PimpStrong (Posts: 310; Member since: 25 Jul 2011)
Ah man Touch Wiz 5.0 + ICS is for the WIN!! I'll be happy if its less than 6 months from NOW.
Let Samsung get it right guys. Don't expect a 3, 4, 5 month release.
15. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1047; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)
Yeah the orginal galaxy s took forever to get Froyo in the States and that was only a moderate update. This is a huge update... I bet U.S versions won't have it until atleast June.
3. aries.phills (Posts: 133; Member since: 17 May 2011)
Yeepee!!! Now let the count down timer for the delivery of this great news begin!!!
Don't get me wrong guyz. I'm extremely optimistic.
6. c.hack (Posts: 495; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)
Great. By November 2012 they will have ICS by which time nobody will care. After owning Droids for 2 years I have learned my lesson. If you want ICS - buy a phone that already has ICS. Otherwise you will be watching the forums for the next 6 months in frustration.
7. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
more than likely it will roll in europe before america.. gotta love those carrier slowdowns. hopfully, if that happens again they follow the same path of constantly "leaking" the updates to XDA. concidering their close relationship with cyanogenmod's team and XDA in general, i gotta feeling they are going to be leaking things often.
16. Crusadion (Posts: 9; Member since: 29 Aug 2011)
Yeah, I'd hate to be the in the US. Can you still use Kies with any of the variants for updates? I have an unbranded international version in the UK so I don't know about the US. At least you guys have 4G though!
8. chuckyoo (Posts: 34; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
That is why I am buying that galaxy note next month from europe.
9. tech-head (Posts: 132; Member since: 02 Sep 2011)
I don't really get it. GS2 is a good phone with Gingerbread already. If you want newest, just root.
10. Ivan6479 (Posts: 243; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
You are very right the GS2 is already a good phone, but with ICS it will be a great phone! ICS will most likely be givnig us AT&T users the ability to take advantage of its NFC abilities and from what I have heard having ICS on your device will always keep your phone up to date with the most current OS no matter what the device. :)
11. abdane (Posts: 474; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)
hope it wont take long... ! cause i cant wait to have it on my S2 ! ^_^
12. jove39 (Posts: 1261; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Yeah...I know Samsung...by end of 2012 Galaxy S II (US versions) will get ICS...but hey...don't get your hopes high!
13. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)
it wont happen this year... maybe Q2 in the U.S....
14. threeline (Posts: 256; Member since: 11 Sep 2011)
Please, Samsung can't even follow through with getting the SGI up dated to gingerbread 2.3! Not gonna fall for the banana in the tailpipe Sammy! The SGII should be updated before any devices since Samsung built the Galaxy Nexus and installed ICS on it, and not to mention the SGII is almost identical to the GN spec wise so what kind suitability testing needs to performed that I'm sure they will say is causing the delays! Sammy is so full of it.
17. Crusadion (Posts: 9; Member since: 29 Aug 2011)
Actually threeline you are full of it, the Samsung Galaxy S has received 2.3 and it did so some time ago. Don't blame Samsung if your carrier didn't support it. Oh and about ICS? The Galaxy Nexus is a different beast to the SII because of a different processor, different screen resolution and the fact that it dosen't run the latest TouchWiz 4.0 overlay. But if you want a phone that can't display an OS properly and is incredibly unstable then be my guest. Stop bitching and actually check things before you make a comment.
20. threeline (Posts: 256; Member since: 11 Sep 2011)
Well buddy, I have the Epic(Sprint), my co-workers own the other SGI variants on TMO,Verizon and ATT and none of us has received the official release to 2.3 so I dont know what other carriers you speaking of. So maybe you should check things out before you get your panties all in a bunch because some one exposes your girlfriend Samsung.
21. theBankRobber (Posts: 645; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)
Threeline I agree 100%, my Evo 4g got froyo and gingerbread not long after release. Its NOT the csrriers, it has alot to do with the Manufactors. I can say the carriers have a small part in it by delivering the updates in a timely manner, but its OEMs fault for not getting it out to the carriers with the carriers custom adjustments.
23. Crusadion (Posts: 9; Member since: 29 Aug 2011)
The International version got the update, it's the US carriers fault for changing the original device. I cannot see how Samsung would release an update for the Samsung Galaxy S yet not make versions available for Captivate, Fascinate and the others. As far as the carriers are concerned the S has reached E.O.L
22. Crusadion (Posts: 9; Member since: 29 Aug 2011)
Thats nothing to do with Samsung though! We Europeans have had the update available for a long time through Kies and every UK carrier has offered it OTA. As I said, its not my fault US carriers can't be bothered to push out an update. I honestly don't see why multiple variants were even needed.
19. belovedson (Posts: 832; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)
fragmentation issues shouldn't be as bad as before
24. networkdood (Posts: 6261; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
XDA is working on bring 4.0 to the captivate....already have 2.3.5....
26. k1ng617 (Posts: 242; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)
Now if we could just get a confirmed Galaxy Note US release date, so I can start holding my breath. I'm just about done mocking up my second Note to pass the time Zzzzz.
27. dorfoz (Posts: 24; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Grats to GS2 owners but I just laugh at android! Samsung is getting ICS. What about Motorola, LG, HTC, and other brands? You don't know if the phone you paid for is going to get the latest OS update. Unlike iOS or Windows they actually care about their customers.
28. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 382; Member since: 24 May 2011)
Can't wait to try out ics on my phone... Mines unlocked so it'll probably get ics sooner than carrier locked ones..expecting upgrade by April max..!
30. Noray402 (Posts: 7; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)
Will this include the new version for At&t "SkyRocket" model?