Samsung begins Android 4.0 updates for Galaxy S II

It looks like Samsung has finally begun the process of updating at least some of its Galaxy S II smartphones to Android 4.0. While the company denied a previous report that said the global version of the smartphones would get the Ice Cream Sandwich update on March 10th, this week the company's official Facebook page has indeed confirmed that the update is rolling out in some countries around the world.

In its statement, Samsung said:

We're thrilled to announce that Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich will be served to GALAXY S II users in the European countries including Poland, Hungary and Sweden, as well as Korea today, and gradually roll out to other markets.

The message also stated that Ice Cream Sandwich would be made available "soon" for a number of other Samsung devices such as the Galaxy Note, the Galaxy S II LTE, and the 8.9 and 10.1 versions of the Galaxy Tab tablet product.

As usual with these kinds of operating system updates, the schedule will vary by both country and by wireless carrier. It's currently unknown when the US versions of the Galaxy S II, offered by Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile, will receive the Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade.

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smooth3006 said,
i think ice cream should of totally come stripped of any overlay such as sense or touchwiz, motoblur. it just looks horrid.

But then all Android devices would look identical and you'd have similar issues to what the first gen WP7 phones had, similar hardware with very similar software. OEMs would struggle to differentiate from each other.

thealexweb said,

But then all Android devices would look identical and you'd have similar issues to what the first gen WP7 phones had, similar hardware with very similar software. OEMs would struggle to differentiate from each other.


But then all the non-Android users (or Apple zealots...) might stop screaming about fragmentation. Maybe... LOL

smooth3006 said,
i think ice cream should of totally come stripped of any overlay such as sense or touchwiz, motoblur. it just looks horrid.

To each his own I think the kind of ICS like on the Nexus is ugly all blue and flashy and the color ruins amoled displays, I prefer touchwiz with a golauncher theme and some icon replacements.

Good luck to anyone who is on At&t with Samsung. Let's see if they don't drop the ball on this one like they did for the Samsung Infuse 4G Gingerbread update.

my sony ericsson xperia mini will get it this month, it sucks that all manufacturers are required to give updates for say 2yrs after a device is released. Luckily there is cyanogenmod.

This upsets me big time. I have a Nexus S (Google phone even, c'mon!) and it STILL has not received the ICS update yet. whats up with that? ...... ugh.....

este said,
This upsets me big time. I have a Nexus S (Google phone even, c'mon!) and it STILL has not received the ICS update yet. whats up with that? ...... ugh.....

Yes it has, it got the AOSP months ago. The Nexus S is my 2nd phone and I got an OTA for it.

Zeikku said,

Yes it has, it got the AOSP months ago. The Nexus S is my 2nd phone and I got an OTA for it.


Wow. Where are you located if you dont mind me asking? What did you do to get it? What can I do to get it ? (I bet its region based but still)

I hate the TouchWized version of 4.0.. I built my version more like the Galaxy Nexus's AOSP build . It's cool to see Samsung finally rolling this out though.

cashman said,
Will Flash work on ICS for Galaxy SII?

Yes. Flash was updated to support ICS the same day the Galaxy Nexus was released in the U.S. I had to live without Flash for an hour. It is not device specific, it is OS specific.

UndergroundWire said,

Yes. Flash was updated to support ICS the same day the Galaxy Nexus was released in the U.S. I had to live without Flash for an hour. It is not device specific, it is OS specific.


Thank-you. Google wasn't telling me a definite answer

cashman said,

Thank-you. Google wasn't telling me a definite answer

Flash will work for you. If there are issues, just wait for the next round of bug fixes for Flash.

spikey_richie said,
Kies is still telling me I'm on the latest here in the UK, which is PDA:KJ3/PHONE:KI1/CSC:KI2 (VOD)

According to the bbc:

The update will gradually be rolled out to other markets and is expected to hit the UK on 19 March.

spikey_richie said,
Kies is still telling me I'm on the latest here in the UK, which is PDA:KJ3/PHONE:KI1/CSC:KI2 (VOD)

According to the bbc:

The update will gradually be rolled out to other markets and is expected to hit the UK on 19 March.

spikey_richie said,
Kies is still telling me I'm on the latest here in the UK, which is PDA:KJ3/PHONE:KI1/CSC:KI2 (VOD)

According to the bbc:

The update will gradually be rolled out to other markets and is expected to hit the UK on 19 March.

spikey_richie said,

I've only had it 4 weeks, so I don't want to risk making a mess of it.

You don't have to root anything if you're wanting to stay on stock (Which you obviously are). If you eventually end up wanting to update, hit up xda or pm me and I'll run you through it. It's a pretty simple task.

Hollow.Droid said,

You don't have to root anything if you're wanting to stay on stock (Which you obviously are). If you eventually end up wanting to update, hit up xda or pm me and I'll run you through it. It's a pretty simple task.

I would advise against that. If you don't know how to root, learn for yourself. Don't have someone else do it for you. The reason I say this is because I rooted 3 of my friends phones. However, it isn't a set it and forget it kind of thing. If I rooted your phone today, some phones do not get updated if they are rooted. Thus they are plagued by daily reminders that an update failed. I eventually put them back to stock and told them they are rooted. It's not like they were doing anything with it.

UndergroundWire said,

I would advise against that. If you don't know how to root, learn for yourself. Don't have someone else do it for you. The reason I say this is because I rooted 3 of my friends phones. However, it isn't a set it and forget it kind of thing. If I rooted your phone today, some phones do not get updated if they are rooted. Thus they are plagued by daily reminders that an update failed. I eventually put them back to stock and told them they are rooted. It's not like they were doing anything with it.

Point I was trying to make is that you can flash a stock rom, no rooting, no custom recovery, simply flash the updated OS. You wont get any update failed messages because they will work perfectly. You're simply flashing the update that will be pushed out. In the UK at least there isn't a significant or practically any carrier bloat meaning the ROMs are essentially the same between each. When I had to send my SGS2 back for a defect I simply loaded the most up to date stock ROM, the exact same thing I'm suggesting here. As it can be done legitimately it doesn't even affect Samsungs flash counter.

Hollow.Droid said,

Point I was trying to make is that you can flash a stock rom, no rooting, no custom recovery, simply flash the updated OS. You wont get any update failed messages because they will work perfectly. You're simply flashing the update that will be pushed out. In the UK at least there isn't a significant or practically any carrier bloat meaning the ROMs are essentially the same between each. When I had to send my SGS2 back for a defect I simply loaded the most up to date stock ROM, the exact same thing I'm suggesting here. As it can be done legitimately it doesn't even affect Samsungs flash counter.

And my point is that if something is not working correctly on the OS he needs to go back to stock. Never again will I help someone root their phone. LEARN FOR YOURSELF. It is not hard at all.

UndergroundWire said,

And my point is that if something is not working correctly on the OS he needs to go back to stock. Never again will I help someone root their phone. LEARN FOR YOURSELF. It is not hard at all.

While I agree it's important to learn for yourself you need to remember this is stock. The update is in no way different to the actual OTA one that will roll out on the 19th. Updating then or updating now, there's no difference.