It's not often we point to Israel for big mobile announcements, but never say never - because it looks like Samsung Israel is preparing to roll out Android Ice Cream Sandwich for Samsung Galaxy S II owners as soon as March 15th. That's next week, in case you couldn't work it out.
That's the gist of an official announcement via the manufacturer's Facebook page, which translates roughly into: "We promised we were working on it. You waited patiently. And on 15 March it'll arrive: Android version 4, ICS, to tens of thousands of Galaxy S II devices purchased from cellular companies in the country or directly from us. We are very excited for the launch, hope you are too :)"
While we are indeed excited, there are a few things to remember. First of all, unless you're in or from Israel, this doesn't apply to you, and we're relying on the fact that the Israeli announcement is indicative of a wider roll-out.
And secondly, if you're hoping for a 'clean' version of the latest Google OS, you may be disappointed as it's likely to be TouchWiz'd to within an inch of its life.
However, it means that the wagon is now on the move so it can only be a matter of time for us here in Blighty.
And whilst we've had some unofficial ROMS making good progress towards stability for day-to-day use over on XDA Developers, none has been 100% perfect. This could be one that the mods get hold of an adapt for us who are keen to root and play around.
Either way, it's all a step in the right direction.
Via Android Central