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Samsung reconfirms Galaxy S II is getting ICS

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Samsung reconfirms Galaxy S II is getting ICS
The Samsung Galaxy S II is most probably the single best selling high-end Android for 2011, but just like most every other handset around it's running on Android Gingerbread. With the announcement of the Galaxy Nexus and the wind of change coming from Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, Gingerbread will soon start to feel like yesterday's platform. 

Good news is that the Galaxy S II is not going to keep that Android version forever. We've already heard Samsung Italy spill the beans about the upcoming update to ICS for the S II, but now Samsung's UK Twitter account reconfirms that keeping all doubts away.

“Hi, good news - the Galaxy S II will be receiving ICS, but there are no dates confirmed as yet. We will keep you posted,” @samsunguk tweeted.

Now, our guess here would be for early 2012 as the majority of phone makers are aiming to roll out the ICS update around then, but we hope we've erred and it's coming even earlier. In the meantime, you can already get the ICS-based latest version of MIUI ROM on your S II - not a bad alternative, is it?

source: @samsunguk

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posted on 17 Nov 2011, 09:42 4

1. nmerry77 (Posts: 39; Member since: 28 Mar 2010)


I wish the GS2 had a Keyboard!!! I have the Orig. Epic 4g and I love it!! But i dont want a phone with out a physical keyboard....guess il have to pass on this Amaizing Device! :(

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 09:46 6

3. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Good luck with that one. Keyboards are going the way of the dodo. Ask around here... phones with 4"+ screens are easy enough to type on that the physical qwerty is no longer a necessity. There will be a few coming to the market like the Captivate Glide and Droid 4, but not many.

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 12:10 2

16. Ivan6479 (Posts: 243; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Well I have to agree with \"roldefol\" on this one. I was hesitant to convert myself as my last device was the Nokia N97 (Which is touch with a slide out keyboard), but I made the choice to go with the GS2 and I must say I couldn\'t be happier!! The thing is, things are always changing, so we have to be willing and able to adapt to change or else we will get left behind. Physical keyboards may soon be a thing of the past. Oh and to be totally honest I think I can text much faster with the swype keyboard that comes pre-installed on the GS2, but that’s just me.

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 15:33 2

24. McLTE (Posts: 620; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


I agree. I was a die-hard former physical keyboard guy who INSISTED on having one.

Well.. my physical keyboard for my D1 failed me so I have been forced to use the virutal.

At times, I can get the physical keyboard to work, but I've found that it's just not nearly as fast to type on anymore, and my thumbs get a bit tired!

I'm ready for the Nexus keyboard in it's 4.65" screen glory.. I think it will be a very easy device to type on.

I will say this about physical keyboards though.. I STILL absolutely love my blackberry keyboard.. if I could get an awesome high end Android phone with a blackberry type keyboard, it would be VERY difficult to pass up.

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 15:56 1

26. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5483; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


well the Droid Pro is due for a successor. c:
you should get a warranty replacement for your Droid before you get your Nexus. they might send you a Droid 3 or at least a Droid 2 Global. you can sell either of those for more than what you can your Droid but if they send you a Droid 3 you might like it and decide to keep it until the Droid 4 comes out and you can use your upgrade on it. i still very much like my Droid 3. it even beats out the Bionic for me when i compare my dad's Bionic with my 3.

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 09:44 10

2. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


ICS will go perfect with this phone! i just wonder when the update will be pushed in the U.S maybe Q2 of 2012 or Q3 ??? (stupid U.S carriers )

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 09:50 6

4. ajac09 (Posts: 1212; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


a 4.56 in screen phone + keyboard omg that would be incredible.

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 09:55 5

5. nmerry77 (Posts: 39; Member since: 28 Mar 2010)


i know right!!! Thats exactly what im looking for!!!! I love My orig. Epic 4 G and wont be givin it up anytime soon unless an amaizing phone with a Keybord comes out!

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 10:02 1

6. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


And you'll be looking for a long time! The fanbase for keyboards is so small, you're not going to see one on a super high end device because they're designed for the masses. The closest thing coming is the Droid 4 (similar to the Razr), but that's only a 4" screen.

I love my keyboards, but you gotta change with the times.

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 10:27 2

7. faisal8708 (Posts: 104; Member since: 15 Nov 2011)


I love Fandroids praying,hoping and sometimes even begging for an update thats pathetic

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 10:39 7

8. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1471; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


attempting to insult them is even more pathetic

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 10:50 9

10. JonGarrett (Posts: 29; Member since: 06 Aug 2011)


wanna know whats really pathetic?

waiting 16 months for a "flagship" iPhone that has 6 month old Android features, a s**tty battery, the same antennae issue as the iPhone 4 and going on its 3rd OS version within 30 days of the phone's launch.

oh, and still trying to fix the muted calls and echo problems.

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 10:51 7

11. windowsRocks (Posts: 147; Member since: 28 Oct 2011)


Becoz fandroids know that Android's next version is gonna be awesome unlike Battery draining iOS 4

posted on 18 Nov 2011, 04:11 2

38. abdane (Posts: 471; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


you are a pathetic arabian dude ! f**k off -_-

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 10:44 6

9. windowsRocks (Posts: 147; Member since: 28 Oct 2011)


Becoz fandroids know that Android's next version is gonna be awesome unlike Battery draining iOS 4

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 10:51 10

12. JonGarrett (Posts: 29; Member since: 06 Aug 2011)


you mean battery draining iOS 5.0, iOS 5.0.1 and in a about a week, iOS 5.0.2

3 versions of their OS within 30 days release of its 16 month old flagship phone !!

priceless.

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 14:59

23. NotaFanBoy (Posts: 10; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


They're minor updates which Android has had plenty of. Also, the android os has always had battery issues.

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 20:59 2

35. networkdood (Posts: 5518; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Not on my GALNET MIUI ROM captivate....

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 10:57 5

13. windowsRocks (Posts: 147; Member since: 28 Oct 2011)


iOS has got something new to steal from Android-How to solve battery draining problem?

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 11:13 3

14. mozes316 (Posts: 142; Member since: 30 Sep 2011)


Meanwhile in the Middle East...

lol

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 12:00 1

15. taz89 (Posts: 1946; Member since: 03 May 2011)


cant wait to get it...my guess the unlocked versions will get it some time after the gs3 is announced/releasded with tw5.0

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 12:35 3

17. gallitoking (Posts: 4630; Member since: 17 May 2011)


and they say i talk a lot and dont say anything... this article... was written by a foghorn leghorn wannabe....

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 17:01 2

29. Doakie (Posts: 855; Member since: 06 May 2009)


hahaha!

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 17:27 2

30. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2870; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Are you okay? You seem....to...be...out...of...breath...when...you....post....

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 18:21 3

32. gallitoking (Posts: 4630; Member since: 17 May 2011)


actually first time I heard that one .. so.. will not respond in my typical matter... good one... surprise it came from you.. it made me laugh..

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 13:03 2

18. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5483; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


i still prefer my keyboard too. i actually had a chance to trade my Droid 3 for a Droid Bionic but i didn't do it. i've compared my phone to my dad's own Bionic a few times and i just don't like it as much as my Droid 3. they perform the same, the Droid 3 feels better to me, pixel density is better on the 4.0" display and the keyboard is fantastic on the Droid 3, i can probably go without a keyboard now but i still like having my keyboard because i can type faster on my keyboard than i ever can on a touchscreen. it's pure control. my next phone will either be a Droid 4 or a Droid 5 that comes after that.

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 13:57 1

21. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


dude, it took me FOREVER to work up the nerve to get rid of the keyboard. If the SGS1 wasnt so awesome compared to everything else out at the time, I probably wouldnt have.. I'm just too clumsy lol. That n swype.
I still miss the keyboard some days, but its not so bad.

u can do it KK! :) throw away that big hefty and thick keyboard!! :)

posted on 18 Nov 2011, 11:52

39. roscuthiii (Posts: 1717; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


The one problem I've always had with the touch-only interface is that I can't see through my hands. It could be a colorfully vibrant 1080p 3D display but using it still means I'd be looking at the back of my knuckles.
I think this is one of the reasons everyone has been clamoring for larger screen sizes. So they can actually use and SEE the boasted beautiful display at the same time
It's why I still prefer keyboards, other then the actual tactile feel, not just haptic vibrations that is.

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 13:06 2

19. nyamo (Posts: 274; Member since: 19 Mar 2011)


thats the joy of xda. i may have a carrier phone, but my updates will come months ahead of the official release. anyone not wanting to play the waiting game with carriers just need to root their phone. thats what android is all about

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 13:10

20. imkyle (Posts: 948; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


Samsung you are making my purchase of this phone for $750 unlocked worth the money :-) keep em coming.

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 14:55 1

22. NotaFanBoy (Posts: 10; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


What I find funny is that an Android device requires a powerful processor just to run efficiently while the iPhone 4S was reportedly clocked at 800mhz. So which is the more secure os(Android's malware is now at a 472% increase), smoother running, and is less of a battery hog (since android has always had battery issues)? Hmmm!

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 15:51 1

25. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5483; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


you have no idea what you're talking about guy.

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 16:19

27. NotaFanBoy (Posts: 10; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


This a post was actually a response to another post, not on the article itself. But what I'm saying is 100% accurate. If you can correct me where I'm wrong, then go right ahead. It's obvious that you're an Android over iPhone person. I will admit that ICS does look good.

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 16:38 3

28. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5483; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


i don't care what you're responding to. i didn't call you a troll or anything i'm just saying you don't understand what you're saying. the iPhone's A5 may be clocked at 800MHz but it's still the most powerful mobile SoC available (other than the Tegra III but that's not quite available yet) the processor doesn't really need to be clocked higher because the iPhone is an App Launcher. Android is a true multitasking platform which requires more power. visualize the two platforms like Jenga Towers. the iPhone's Jenga Tower is only two levels of blocks high and a Galaxy S II's Tower is five levels high. naturally the iPhone's tower is more stable but that's only because it doesn't have as much to keep stable, that's due to limited iOS functionality and Apple's Tight Grip on the platform. Android's Tower on the other hand stands taller which represents the added factors to the platform such as more extensive functionality and being an open platform, there's a few wobbly blocks every now and then due to bad coding by amateur third party developers or OEMs but the support is stable and as the tower is growing the blocks are becoming more stable and uniformed. as far as battery life is concerned it's true Android isn't the most battery efficient platform on the market but what would be more battery efficient than an App Launcher with limited multitasking capabilities? battery life isn't that bad considering what you're getting in return and besides i've read about "Battery Gate" guy so make sure your door step is swept before you come inspecting anyone else's.

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 17:50 1

31. NotaFanBoy (Posts: 10; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


I understand exactly what you're saying and agree 100% but I'm standing by what I said based off of personal experience and doing a little reading on both operating systems. Granted the Android OS requires more power because of multi-tasking (like you said) but iOS is still more superior due to Apple's "Tight Grip" on the platform leaving less room for error and better quality apps. Both have their advantages over one another. Just leaving my opinion for the Android Fanboys who say that iOS is a crappy system compared to Android.

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 21:01 3

36. networkdood (Posts: 5518; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


....you mean "DEATH GRIP?"

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 18:21 2

33. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5483; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


anyone who dispute Apple\'s quality is a fool but being a Android Fanboy myself i think there\'s a lot more allure with Android especially with Ice Cream Sandwich.

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 20:40 1

34. NotaFanBoy (Posts: 10; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


I can also agree with that. Looks like there's a lot to ICS. Definitely interested in seeing what comes out of it.

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 21:02 4

37. networkdood (Posts: 5518; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


CUSTOMIZATION......ANDROID wins every time...

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