Samsung Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note are confirmed to receive ICS

Samsung Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note are confirmed to receive ICS
Relying on our characteristic ability to act on impulse, especially after Samsung introduced the world to its upcoming Samsung Galaxy Nexus, some recent Samsung Galaxy S II handset owners might have had some other bitter feelings. Fortunately, they can set aside those dampened feelings of being left out on the curb to wallow with Gingerbread – well, that’s because Samsung confirmed some good news.

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

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Galaxy S II
  • Display 4.3" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 4 Dual, Dual-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1650 mAh(9.00h 3G talk time)
  • Display 5.3" 800 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 4, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 2500 mAh(13.50h 3G talk time)



1. Retro-touch unregistered

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: Jul 25, 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: 1245; Member since: Aug 13, 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: 161; Member since: May 17, 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. Go Sammy!!!

4. tech-head

Posts: 133; Member since: Sep 02, 2011

Cool Beans.

5. goflet

Posts: 50; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

good news..

6. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 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: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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: Aug 29, 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: Oct 18, 2011

That is why I am buying that galaxy note next month from europe.

9. tech-head

Posts: 133; Member since: Sep 02, 2011

I don't really get it. GS2 is a good phone with Gingerbread already. If you want newest, just root.

10. Ivan6479

Posts: 250; Member since: Jun 26, 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: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

hope it wont take long... ! cause i cant wait to have it on my S2 ! ^_^

12. jove39

Posts: 2145; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Yeah...I know end of 2012 Galaxy S II (US versions) will get ICS...but hey...don't get your hopes high!

13. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

it wont happen this year... maybe Q2 in the U.S....

14. threeline

Posts: 311; Member since: Sep 11, 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: Aug 29, 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: 311; Member since: Sep 11, 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: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 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: Aug 29, 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: Aug 29, 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.

18. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2349; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Galaxy note--- my next phone :)

19. belovedson

Posts: 1060; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

fragmentation issues shouldn't be as bad as before

24. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

XDA is working on bring 4.0 to the captivate....already have 2.3.5....

25. husser94

Posts: 24; Member since: Mar 28, 2011


26. k1ng617

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 13, 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: 156; Member since: Oct 18, 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: 408; Member since: May 24, 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..!

29. henrickrw

Posts: 408; Member since: Sep 16, 2011


30. Noray402

Posts: 7; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Will this include the new version for At&t "SkyRocket" model?

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