U.S. Cellular's Samsung Galaxy S II gets Ice Cream Sandwich update

U.S. Cellular's Samsung Galaxy S II gets Ice Cream Sandwich update
At one time, the Samsung Galaxy S II was described as the best Android smartphone ever made. That  title was eventually grabbed by its sequel, the Samsung Galaxy S III. Still, there are plenty of Samsung Galaxy S II users around and some are even using Gingerbread to drive their phone. A case in point, U.S. Cellular customers who are sporting the model. But it is going to feel like they have a brand new phone as the device gets updated to Android 4.0 starting Friday.

There is one little catch, and while it might seem intimidating to those who are not computer literate, it is not really that complicated. The update is not going out OTA which means you will need to connect your phone to your home computer using a USB cable. A complete set of directions can be found at the sourcelink, and when you're done your Samsung Galaxy S II will be running Android 4.0.4.

Among the new features will be Face Unlock which allows you to unlock the phone using nothing more than your face, updated icons in the pull-down Notifications screen, a more intuitive interface, and new pre-loaded apps like Slacker Radio and Google Play Movies and T.V. The update also offers improved text input and editing making it easier to copy and paste, and edit. New options support encryption in the phone and on a microSD card if you're using one.

source: Samsung, U.S.Cellular via AndroidCentral

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Galaxy S II CDMA
  • Display 4.5 inches
    800 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    2 MP front
  • Hardware , 1GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 1800 mAh
  • OS Android 2.3



2. wumberpeb

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 14, 2011

Well they'll be happy to get off gingerbread, but there were several issues related to the Sprint version that caused some headaches when ICS came out. Battery problems, killing Wi-Fi and Bluetooth pairings, performance problems, blah blah blah. Bottom line, hopefully it's a smoother roll out for everyone getting this update...

3. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Yeah. I have the Sprint Galaxy S2. It's not as great as expected. When in sleep mode for a while, Wifi turns off. Battery life kinda sucks. Laggy without Nova Launcher. However, the official leaked Jelly Bean has no bugs and will be rolled out on Sprint soon. Don't know about US Cellular though, haha. They're really late to the party.

1. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

wtf.......... its time for JB..... and they just update outdated ICS

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