The Android 4.0 update for Samsung Galaxy S II is finally here – if you're on O2

The Android 4.0 update for Samsung Galaxy S II is finally here – if you're on O2Good news for all you long-suffering Samsung Galaxy S II users waiting patiently for your helping of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich goodness: the update has finally started roll.

Well, it's good news if you're on O2 anyway, as it seems its only the oxygenated network's users who've been given the green light, with Samsung's Facebook page still saying that the update is only “coming soon”.

There was plenty of fanfare when Google announced Android ICS towards the end of last year, but the wait to see it making its way onto existing Android devices has been a long and frustrating one, with Galaxy S II users suffering more than most.

It seems that the update for the Samsung range-topper has been on the brink of rolling out for ages now, but the message from Samsung itself remains what it has been for a good while now:

“Samsung UK is working hard to bring Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) to our Galaxy S II customers. We are unable to confirm exact dates … but are working as quickly as we can.”

This despite claims from some quarters that the update would be available in the week commencing March 19 – last week, in other words.

It's better news for O2 users, however. The network has revealed via Twitter that its customers can finally get stuck into Android 4.0 by updating via KIES on a PC or Mac. It's also saying that the ICS update for HTC Sensation users will land next month.

For more on what improvements Android 4.0 offers to the Galaxy S II, and details on how to download and install it, check out Coolsmartphone's PDF guide.

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16 comments

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 27, 2012 at 11:53

Well done O2...

Pondlife  Mar. 27, 2012 at 15:31

Erm was out on Three earlier in the month.

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 27, 2012 at 23:14

Erm was out on Three earlier in the month.
This is LP3 based, much better than the crap LPQ based 3 firmware.

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 27, 2012 at 23:16

Here's links to unbranded LP3 firmware (will work on any UK Galaxy S2 i9100):

Standard Download

Mirror

Torrent

Umillion  Mar. 27, 2012 at 23:18

My SGS2 is o2 branded and was previously locked to o2 until I asked them to unlock it for me.

I've tried to update but get nothing? Is it because it is unlocked now to all networks? I just thought I'd be getting the update from o2 as their branding on my phone when I turn it on and off is still there.

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 27, 2012 at 23:26

Use the links above and ODIN to flash ICS to your phone. Here's a link to a guide telling you how to do it (it's pretty easy):

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1075278

Umillion  Mar. 27, 2012 at 23:43

Use the links above and ODIN to flash ICS to your phone. Here's a link to a guide telling you how to do it (it's pretty easy):

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1075278


I'm probably going to do that one day but just thought since o2 has it out then just get it the official non warranty void way.

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 28, 2012 at 00:04

Btw, did you know you have to plug the phone into Kies to see the update?

Umillion  Mar. 28, 2012 at 00:17

Btw, did you know you have to plug the phone into Kies to see the update?

Yep tried this but nothing.

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 28, 2012 at 00:24

Maybe unlocking your phone means you no longer get O2 official updates...I don't know.

Umillion  Mar. 28, 2012 at 00:28

Maybe unlocking your phone means you no longer get O2 official updates...I don't know.

Although I was hoping otherwise... I guess I might have to accept this as the reason I can't update yet..

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 28, 2012 at 00:30

I have a horrid feeling you may not get updates at all. You may be stuck in a void somewhere between O2 and SIM Free, receiving neither update :(.

Umillion  Mar. 28, 2012 at 00:47

I have a horrid feeling you may not get updates at all. You may be stuck in a void somewhere between O2 and SIM Free, receiving neither update :(.

''... We would like to announce that all Samsung Galaxy S2 users who are stuck in a void somewhere between O2 and SIM Free, receiving neither update shall receive a billion pounds. This update has already commenced, starting this week?''

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 28, 2012 at 07:51

Sign me up for that void...sod being SIM Free haha :D.

bex85  Mar. 28, 2012 at 09:46

I got my unlock code from O2 and have received the update :D. Although I was running the Russian version over the weekend and reverted back to O2 branded 2.3.5 before updating successfully. All before 8am yesterday as well!

Umillion  Mar. 28, 2012 at 15:12

Sign me up for that void...sod being SIM Free haha :D.

"We're working really fast to get this update to you... Thank you for your patients?"

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