Samsung has just confirmed that, just as previously announced, its Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note handsets will be among the first to get updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich by the end of the first quarter of 2012. This means that there’s no more than two months to wait until the ICS update finally hits the two devices.
We should note, though, that the update is most likely due Q1 2012 for the international version of the handset, while local versions like the US carrier ones might have to wait longer until they get updated.
The Samsung Galaxy Note for starters is not even available yet stateside. The Note is expected to land on AT&T on February 19th, and still feature Gingerbread upon launch.
The two devices will get most of the benefits of Ice Cream Sandwich included the improved visuals and functionality, but it remains to be seen how the different versions of the devices will get specific functions like Android Beam which requires NFC. When it comes to the Galaxy S2 only some versions like the AT&T have an NFC chip, so the others would obviously not support it.