Samsung: Galaxy S II Android 4.0 update begins 15 March

We’ve been waiting for several weeks now for Samsung to announce when it will be releasing its promised Android 4.0 update for the Galaxy S II. Now, finally, the company has made its first official confirmation, albeit via slightly circuitous means.

The news comes from the official Facebook page of Samsung Mobile Israel (via Android Central), which stated that Ice Cream Sandwich will roll out there on 15 March. The post reads:

We promised we were working on it. You waited patiently. And on 15 March, it will 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 :)


Of course, that applies specifically to handsets in Israel, and there’s no guarantee that owners in other markets will see their devices updated on the same date, but it’s reassuring to have official word that the update will soon be distributed to the first wave of end users.

A few days ago, tech blogger and Samsung aficionado Eldar Murtazin tweeted that the company has had Galaxy S II ICS update ready since 21 February, and claimed that the only thing delaying release of the update is the wait for approval from Google to push the update out.

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Should be fun to, got my GT-I9100 so looking forward to this. Even if it comes out there first, i'm sure CM9 will be taking their bits and using it where it's better served, CyanogenMod!

ShiFteDReaLitY said,
Wonder if ATT and the Skyrocket will get this as well, hope so.

One can hope. Rogers SGSII LTE user here (basically the Skyrocket in Canada).

3dfxman said,
Israel only? I think not, Why would Samsung do this?

Probably carrier related; they do their own testing.

Another reason I quit getting "carrier" branded phones a few years ago.
I bought my international Galaxy Note before Christmas...granted it's still on GB, but it's
had THREE updates in that period of time. AT&T, you'd be lucky to get ONE update over the life of the phone!

naap51stang said,
Maybe this is why Israel hasn't nuked Iran yet...waiting for ICS for a better "experience" LOL.

Straight BS! Samsung and At&t screwed up the Gingerbread update for the Samsung Infuse 4G and screwed up an update for the Samsung Galaxy S2 skyrocket. As of today we are all still waiting on past updates. It has really tainted the image of Samsung phones as far as I am concerned on At&t side. That is sad because I really like my Samsung Infuse 4G phone and I really was looking into the Galaxy Note to advace in an upgrade. I may consider going back to HTC or better yet Windows Phone because Android is always 1 or 2 operating systems behind when you purchase a new phone.

JSYOUNG571 said,
Straight BS! Samsung and At&t screwed up the Gingerbread update for the Samsung Infuse 4G and screwed up an update for the Samsung Galaxy S2 skyrocket. As of today we are all still waiting on past updates. It has really tainted the image of Samsung phones as far as I am concerned on At&t side. That is sad because I really like my Samsung Infuse 4G phone and I really was looking into the Galaxy Note to advace in an upgrade. I may consider going back to HTC or better yet Windows Phone because Android is always 1 or 2 operating systems behind when you purchase a new phone.

Not sure exactly sure what the problem is but problems and the long waits is usually down to the carriers.

Ughhh. I cant believe this is getting the update before Nexus S is getting it. How does that make sense?

BlendedFrog said,

I am here.....it will be a cold day in hell before it ever make it here in the states. That statement said nothing about any other country outside of Israel.


You just got bitchslapped.

BlendedFrog said,

I am here.....it will be a cold day in hell before it ever make it here in the states. That statement said nothing about any other country outside of Israel.

Please, already proven wrong once. You said it will never come...never said which country. I am sure the rest of the world isnt to far behind.

Having used an alpha of Samsungs rom, it's tainted to hell with TouchWiz. Gonna await a STABLE (played with a few 4 roms, totally unacceptable) ROM. without TouchWiz!

nik louch said,
Having used an alpha of Samsungs rom, it's tainted to hell with TouchWiz. Gonna await a STABLE (played with a few 4 roms, totally unacceptable) ROM. without TouchWiz!

Try updating to the leaked 4.0.3 and then flashing PureICS 6.1.

eoes5991 said,
and with touchwiz definitely

You won't have to use Touchwiz and the Samsung junk after the kernel sources are released.

S_Herbie said,

Where did you get the ROM from? (I have an S that I would like to update...)

XDA most likely. I believe they've got a pretty solid ROM as the Nexus S shares similar hardware.

Nashy said,
I need to get mine repaired. Charger port buggered. Best do that.

Lemme guess, crazy battery drain, phone thinks its always charging, wont stay off, car mode appearing randomly? I and a few others at XDA had the same issues, mine stemmed from water damage