Samsung Galaxy S II will get Android Ice Cream Sandwich

Samsung Galaxy S II will get Android Ice Cream SandwichGood news for owners of Samsung's current flagship, the Galaxy S II: we can confirm that the handset will be getting the Ice Cream Sandwich update from Google.

That comes not courtesy of rumour or speculation, but from Samsung itself via a revelation on its own UK twitter feed. The exact message, which was a reply to a user, reads: "Hi, good news - the Galaxy S II will be receiving ICS, but there are no dates confirmed as yet. We will keep you posted."

This isn't a massive surprise, if we're honest. The Galaxy S II has top of the range hardware which is more than capable of running ICS. What's more, we wouldn't be surprised if Samsung has been working on it for a while given how long it's had its hands on the OS in preparing the Google-branded Galaxy Nexus.

We may even go so far as to say (hope) that the S II may get the update first following the Nexus S (another Samsung device), which is sure to receive the upgrade after the Galaxy Nexus.

Other manufacturers are also on board with HTC, Sony Ericsson and Motorola all either admitting or leaking the fact that they plan to upgrade users with compatible handsets.

For those not familiar with ICS, it's a futuristic-looking merger of the Gingerbread and Honeycomb OS's - the biggest update to the Android platform since it launched exactly three years ago.

Via GSM Arena

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RK1980  Nov. 18, 2011 at 16:28

Well, it is good news..isn't it? Would be nice if they could post some features as apple does all the time.

matt101101 / MOD  Nov. 19, 2011 at 12:37

Features of what exactly? ICS has a features list available and Samsung don't ever release change logs for firmware updates. They go by the theory that anything newer is inevitably better.

petermgates  Nov. 21, 2011 at 09:18

Perhaps this is the reason there has yet to be an official release of 2.3.5 for the unbranded uk (xeu) gs2.

guyt79  Nov. 30, 2011 at 10:43

@petermgates - I'm glad its not just me frustrated at the lack of 2.3.5 for unbranded UK GS2's.
I wondered why my friends with network locked models were getting the update and I was not!

petermgates  Nov. 30, 2011 at 15:58

I'm bored of plugging into kies only to be told there's nothing there. Hopefully my patience will be rewarded and we'll be first in line for ics.


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