Samsung reconfirms Galaxy S II is getting ICS

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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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)

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39 Comments

1. nmerry77

Posts: 39; Member since: Mar 28, 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! :(

3. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

16. Ivan6479

Posts: 250; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

24. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 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.

26. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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.

2. GALAXY-S

Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 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 )

4. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

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

5. nmerry77

Posts: 39; Member since: Mar 28, 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!

6. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

7. faisal8708

Posts: 104; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

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

8. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1773; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

attempting to insult them is even more pathetic

10. JonGarrett

Posts: 34; Member since: Aug 06, 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.

11. windowsRocks

Posts: 155; Member since: Oct 28, 2011

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

38. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

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

9. windowsRocks

Posts: 155; Member since: Oct 28, 2011

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

12. JonGarrett

Posts: 34; Member since: Aug 06, 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.

23. NotaFanBoy

Posts: 10; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

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

35. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Not on my GALNET MIUI ROM captivate....

13. windowsRocks

Posts: 155; Member since: Oct 28, 2011

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

14. mozes316

Posts: 144; Member since: Sep 30, 2011

Meanwhile in the Middle East... lol

15. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 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

17. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

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

29. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

hahaha!

30. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

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

32. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 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..

18. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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.

21. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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!! :)

39. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 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.

19. nyamo

Posts: 274; Member since: Mar 19, 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

20. imkyle

Posts: 1114; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

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

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