T-Mobile’s Planned Dates For Ice Cream Sandwich, Upcoming Device Launches

While Samsung, HTC and T-Mobile remain silent on the topic of Ice Cream Sandwich, TmoNews is coming to the rescue. Understandably, the carriers and manufacturers hate providing anything that even resembles a solid release date as they are so prone to change — a point emphasized by our article earlier in the day highlighting the difficulties imposed on Android updates.

Still, I know how badly you guys want to have at least some sort of an idea as to when these updates might happen. Before we get into it, let’s give the standard disclaimer that all dates are subject to change, not just for the ICS updates but also for any device launches listed below.

So let’s just break it down:

Ice Cream Sandwich updates: 

So far, those are the only devices listed and we know that HTC and T-Mobile have had some difficulty sorting out the update. Whether or not one or both are responsible for the day is really irrelevant, if this afternoon’s article proved nothing else, these things can and will happen with Android updates. They take time, often more time than we care to give.

New Device Launches: 

  • 5/9 — Huawei Astro — low end handset on 7/11
  • 7/11 — Huawei Buddy — new myTouch (QWERTY)
  • 7/11 — Huawei Phoenix — new myTouch (Touchscreen only)
  • 7/11 — Samsung Gravity TXT (new color)
  • 8/1 — Samsung Cacao, T159 indicates low end
  • 8/15 — Samsung Apex Q — no word on what this is

So what’s missing? Well, everything that matters to the high-end crowd. The Galaxy S III/S3, Galaxy Note, HTC One X and other handsets that are said to arrive for T-Mobile but not yet confirmed. Even the Galaxy Note, which we’ve already unveiled in T-Mobile dress is still an unknown for launch. For now, we’ll have to go on what’s on the schedule and wait to see what develops with everything else.

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  • http://www.binarybulge.com/ BinaryBulge

    Not buying it.  They’ve never stressed software updates in the past (not major ones anyway) and they won’t start now.  Watch, come June the excuses will roll.

  • Maierchebus

    Hell yeah , the news I’ve Been waiting for, sg2 ics, her I come!

  • Vim

    Interesting, nevertheless I seriously suspect this calendar is a bit out of date.

  • http://www.thatsitguys.com/ Meleniumshane90

    I’ve had an iPhone and can attest to the device “just working”.. unfortunately, that was not “just enough” so I Jailbroke the thing.

    I will say, the carriers really need to push the carriers for the phones to be supported & updated for the 2-years of the device. At least on the High-end devices… when your updates are literally 6-months later than the foreign equivalent… there’s a problem.

    Not so ‘fragmented’ as it is just delayed by stupidity. I’m loading a custom ROM on my Sensation right now because of all this.. plus it’s acting weird.

  • JBrowne1012

    Sigh… Why can’t htc just allow us the option to by pass carrier for updates? Why can’t I just download it officially from htc?

  • TechAce01

    I guest it’s back to root then..

  • http://twitter.com/Beomoose Beomoose

    ICS aside, man is that release calendar depressingly bare. Was hoping TMo’s thin lineup was going to get fleshed out in the wake of the merger being cancelled, but it looks like thin is in.

  • TechHog

    June? Are you fucking kidding me?

  • JBLmobileG1

    Same here.. The question is will I still be able to receive the official update OTA now if they decide to tweak it some more? Anyone know?

    • Nick

      not unless you unroot your phone.

      • JBLmobileG1

        It was never rooted to begin with. I just downloaded the official yet unofficial update which didn’t require root. I am just curious to whether future updates can and will be pushed to my phone if the version changes..

  • steveb944

    So glad I did the “unofficial” ICS update already, no way I could wait 2 months for T-Mobile to update my Amaze

    • Gordo

      steve944 can you provide me a link to root my Amaze. What is the best way. I dont want to F anything up.. 

      • steveb944

        I didn’t root, I followed the update David posted on here a few weeks back. No root required

  • Sanman202

    Will ICS be OTA or Kies? Also, if you updated on  your own beforehand and are now concerned with being able to get the update from the carrier, well you should have had more patience. These updates do take time and it sucks waiting but Gingerbread out of the box is not too bad. 

  • Richard Lee

    What’s missing? How about LG! I can’t even get T-Mo to commit to a date for upgrading the Optimus to 2.3. “Waiting on Google”, they tell me.  Uh-huh…

    • UMA_Fan

      I think it’s a given now not to have much hope for ANY low end/mid range device to get software updated.  When the Optimus came out there were higher end devices available like the MyTouch 4G and the G2.  Those have been given first priority and have already been updated to Gingerbread.

    • Getsome

      You bought what was almost the least expensive Android at the time, don’t whine because you were to cheap.

  • G2Xman

    What’s missing?  How about support for the T-Mobile G2X and an upgrade to ICS?  Sucks buying the latest and greatest, the first dual core phone on the market less than a year ago and have it only get a single upgrade fro Froyo to Gingerbread yet still being locked into a 2 year agreement with a year left to go. This wasn’t a low or mid range device when I bought it.

    • PinkElephant

      The main problem you all are having is that you are buying LG mobile phones. Use them for washers/dryers and TVs. Leave the phone domination to HTC.

    • TBN27

      I think it will be a while. They just upgraded them to 2 3.4 and maybe later it will be available. But if you can’t wait, root or get a galaxy nexus.

    • BahamasGeek242

      I had the G2X and I loved the phone but it had its issues.  On the xda forum there is an ICS rom almost ready for prime time so keep checking the site

  • AndroidLuv3r1

    Still in disbelief until the day before it is released to the public

  • Jacobintexas

    I just left the Tmobile Corp ran store (Frisco, TX) and was told July for Galaxy S II ICS update. This was from their Manager.

    • Get_at_Me

      Hahahaha….you cant take the word of a retail store employee….I work for tmobile as well. i often find out about things here before the company tells us. i would believe a leaked roadmap on a blog before id believe a store employee regarding something like a software update

  • ICS?

    Lol…… Love reading about how everyone is whining about not getting ICS update.

    • Bobby Phoenix

      True.  If you really want ICS just root and enjoy.  I’ve been on ICS for a month now on my GS II. :-)

      • BahamasGeek242

        Agreed either you ROOT your phone OR you buy a NEXUS 

  • K0246945

    LMAO!! Keep waitin folks!! 

    Thanks Apple for not playing games with software updates!!!

    • Bobby Phoenix

      Yeah, Apple just updates version numbers with hardly any new features.  That’s easy to do.  When you have Google updating so many things, and bringing so much more to the table like having widgets, HA, user interfaces, and all in all a better OS than before, it does take a while.  So go enjoy all your homescreens with simple icons and no widgets with the same old look.  Why you even here?  LMAO too!

      • Guest

        Google updates frequently coz their OS is buggy and all of you are happy with mediocre crap. And then you wonder why there are issues? You accept crap so you get it. LMAO too.

        • Herb

          I’m okay with accepting crap. Better than having crap shoved down my throat.

        • K0246945

          Very buggy… The phones are cheaply made , and I not want anyone with the name Sergio associated with my brand

      • K0246945

        I didn’t notice much from 2.2 to 2.3… Did you? And it took forever to get 2.3 out to every model

  • ferganer

    wh

  • ferganer

    I can see the first Exhibit 4G on the chart. Is it getting an ICS update?

    • Herb

       That’s actually the Exhibit II 4G and the event you see is its rebranding as the *Galaxy* Exhibit 4G.

  • BahamasGeek242

    I have to tell you guys I bought the Nexus a couple days ago and its worth it there is no need for HTC or samsung to put a heavy UI on top of android anymore.  I have to say sense does come with some cool stuff but ICS bone STOCK is a great android experience and the phone works very well on T-mobile, If I had to complain I wish I had wifi calling but that’s about 

  • Get_at_Me

    it has been proven that time and time again that “non-hero devices” don’t get priority. ideally every single android device would get attention…You get what you pay for in most cases though.  If you buy the lowend/midrange phone, dont expect ongoing support.  You have to buy the best to even think about major software updates…Regarding the G2x, its a shame what happened to that phone.  So much promise, but due to early software issues, that phone got put on the back burner waaaay too soon.  Thanx LG….Despite its relevant specs, the G2x is old in “android years”…Based on that alone, its hard to expect tmo to bend over backwards to update it to ICS. Im shocked they’re updating the Sensation.  That phone is pushing the year mark since launch.

    • MarcusDW

      Tell em like it is yo!

  • Jessie198286

    I have had the sensation 4g since it first came out and I love this phone and my fiance has the.nexus s and it has ics and its pretty nice…so I can wait it out till June lol….if I wanted it so bad I would just take my fiances phone ;) which was actually mine first” I just like my phone a lot and I can’t wait until the update!!

  • Teddy

    So I have a Galaxy S II. It’s a great phone and all but I think I have a defective screen. When watching videos or black pictures at night, I can see blotches and when my screen is set to low, I can see lines going from the took of my screen to the bottom. Should I call Tmobile and get them to send me a new one or what? Please help.

    • Jessie198286

      Teddy, I would call tmobile and tell them what’s going on. And they will probably try to troubleshoot the phone first, which prob. Isn’t going to work…they always have to troubleshoot it before anything else and then they will go from there….do you have insurance???? It sounds to me like something is definitely up with it….good luck! Jessica

    • TBN27

      I have the same problem. This is an issue with the sprint and T-Mobile build of the Galaxy SII since their debut. I do notice that when i have automatic dimming on, the streaks show up and the the colors look faded like an old photo. But in my case, i can deal with it because it is not a dealbreaker for me. Plus i had already compared it to a friends galaxy SII and the screen is still good in normal use.

    • Getsome

      It’s called color banding, and it has to do with how the phone gpu handles image processing, I’d compare it to another identical phone and see if it’s different, if so if call and exchange cause that sh°° would be annoying

    • MarcusDW

      I have the same problem so I just avoid setting my brightness to low or automatic.  I don’t even notice it and I’m a screen freak.  DO NOT get an insurance replacement because you will get a referb and it will probably have the same issue and solve nothing.  Chalk it up unless you are within the 14 or 30 day return period, I forget the time frame.

    • Benz2002

      I had a similar problem, and if you register the phone with Samsung, they will troubleshoot it online with you. The customer service was awesome, and unfortunately, out of the thousands of SGS2 produced for Tmobile, statistics will show a lil blemish from one unit to another. Ultimately, try doing a master reset, and if that doesn’t work, Samsung will tell you to bring it back to Tmobile for a replacement phone. Tell the tmo rep that Samsung has looked into it, if its still not solved, and your phone replacement is free since it has a one yr warranty from Samsung. You might have to pay $19.99 processing and shipping fee.

  • http://www.unscripted360.com/ Deacon

    guess there was some truth to all those people saying they wouldn’t release the Sensation update until the One S had its day in the sun

    • Getsome

      .Waiting for the ONE S to be released before releasing ICS?, the sensation came out less than a
      year ago and those that purchased the device wouldn’t be early upgrade eligible yet for a
      couple of months so they’d be paying full retail for it, so explain to me why that would be a huge advantage? How many people out there will honestly pay 600 for there new phone when a discount is right around the corner, it’s not a conspiracy and once you cut the
      bunker mentality, it makes sense

      • Roush97

        I think it’s because they can sell the HTC One S easier if it’s the only T-Mobile phone on ICS.  If there is a cheaper ICS phone, like the Sensation, it may not sell as well.

        • Getsome

          Sensation is EOL so that wouldn’t necessarily matter

        • Jose Hernandez

           I still does matter, if they still have them in stock (and they do) people would jut by the Sensation and the the OTA update to ICS. By waiting a little while longer, then some people that can not wait, will just buy the One S. There is always some reason for the madness, even if the reason is really stupid.

        • Get_at_Me

          if youre saavy enough to care that much about OS versions, you’d probably just get the One S…You cant blame a carrier for withholding an update due to a new phone launch.  If there weren’t new highend android phones coming out every month, we wouldn’t even be having this discussion.  Sure the Sensation is still available in very limited quantities, but not for much longer…..Android in general is a double edged sword…..Android phones offer the latest and greatest in processing power/network capability, but in order to have the best, youd have to go broke buying a new phone every few months…..I believe that android device development should slow down. Allow devices to saturate the market and sustain support from google/manufacturers/carriers.

        • Jose Hernandez

           I agree. Well said.

      • http://www.unscripted360.com/ Deacon

        the Sensation and the One S are similar enough that most won’t even notice outside of marketing tactics like “One S has ICS” etc .. delay the ICS on Sensation to give your new supposedly greatest phone ever (One S) some time to shine with ICS before upgrading your last greatest phone ever (Sensation) ya know.

  • exibits mans

    What about the LG double play.they promised a ics update when I bought the damn phone at a T-Mobile store. They said in about 3months that was in December

    • Bleacherbums1

      LOL ….you actually bought that hideous thing…

      • exibits 0mans

        Why does. Every one talksh”t about the LG doubles Playa.

        • Getsome

          Cause it’s fugly…. Playa

    • ICS?

      Lmao…… U actually believe everything the sales rep tell u u at the store?

  • http://twitter.com/fightcrazy Vinny

    All junk ass phones. This is crap, What about the Note??? T-Mobile needs paying customers. Paying customers are not looking for 2nd rate phones. Whoever is doing the buying for T-Mobile is just killing the company, they need top of the line phones. Snap the hell out of it T-Mobile, get the best phones out there not the left over junk that no other carrier will take. I am very pissed off, if T-Mobile doesn’t come up with some quality hardware then I’m gone.

    • Getsome

      I hear you but you’d be surprised how many people think $150 is allot. Most of our customers think the should be cheaper

    • Klawatti

      Google’s Galaxy Nexus GSM now available to T-mobile!!!!  Woo hoo!  Finally….

    • Jose Hernandez

       I don’t get it. If you are this upset about the phone selection, then please go to another carrier. We don’t want you to get high blood pressure over this. I understand what you are saying, and I agree to some of it. But, we have to deal with what T-Mobile has, they might be waiting to put their resources in to better phones down the line, You have to remember that they are still hurting from that whole takeover crap and it will take time (months) for them to get back up to speed. If the phone selection is that bad to you, go to another carrier that has better phones and save yourself the heartache.

    • Get_at_Me

      u do realize that tmo is the smallest national carrier right?  They dont have as deep of pockets like vzw and att….the word of the day here is exclusivity….you pay for the right to carry a device exclusively for a period of time….Also blame manufacturers for agreeing to these deals with carriers.  Why should something like the Note be exclusive to one carrier?  Even for a month…We all know that today’s android device is yesterdays news…these phones lose buzz so quickly bc there’s always something else on the horizon.  Why on earth would a company restrict themselves to one carrier for any length of time is beyond me.  It shouldn’t be allowed.  Google messed up by giving vzw exclusivity of the GN….What were they thinking???  Just imagine if the GN was available unlocked on their Playstore from day one.  I’d probably have one instead of the GS2.  Apple doesn’t play favorites anymore…the Iphone 4S launched simultaneously on with the 3 US carriers….Although i despise Apple, they’re a very smart company.

    • Cohenjohn16

      vinny tmobile wants out of the usa overseas tmobille is number 1 

  • Damien328

    ROOT ROOT ROOT 

    • Justlee7

      …for the home team, if they don’t win it’s a shame….

      • Justlee7

        BTW, I am enjoying ICS on my new HTC One S. It is THE best phone T-Mobile has now, and probably for awhile looking at that time line!

        • http://www.twitter.com/chavantgarde Midas

          Agreed. Huawei supplies the majority of Cricket’s mobile devices, and knowing  that I’ll bear with my Amaze for the remainder of my contract.

  • anas2

    For the record the s2 is not a junk or second rate phone. Jesus people a maybe is better than nothing.

  • Crumbleyisafool

    You fool. You are comparing anti virus updates on your macbook to OS updates? Guess you should buy android phones. Thanks for playing fool.

    • K0246945

      Sell your Android…Oh wait.. It’s not nearly as valuable as a Apple IPhone! Android is like gm, ford….apple like Honda Toyota.. Holds value longer!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=710725095 Jason Crumbley

      Mac’s don’t come with an antivirus program. Who’s the fool again?

  • StonersLane

    June 16th for an OTA update for the Amaze? I bet they have hamsters working at T-Mobile.

  • MarcusDW

    To clarify your clarification, @zifnab:disqus ‘s  emphasis was on the April/May availability of the i9100 which was over 5 months before the TMO GS2 release.

  • chaz edwards

    For people complaining about the note. Ice cream sandwich premium suite didn’t even come out internationally yet for the galaxy note. T-mobile will most likely wait till that comes out before releasing it.Maybe evening switching out for the s4 processor. The galaxy s3 needs hardware switched out for all carriers mostly for the lte speeds. So don’t expect to see it here anytime soon. At&t probably has exclusivity on the HTC ONE X as well again. Other than those few phones Nothing really good is coming out except for the Asus padfone.

    • Get_at_Me

      doesnt make sense for samsung to lag behind in regard to network compatibility…the iphone has always been late to the game in that respect, but atleast they’re consistent.  Samsung was the only company that supported tmobile’s hspa 21mbps network….sk4g, exhibit, sgs4g etc…while the likes of htc and lg released 14mbps devices….someone on this blog explained how 1/3 of gsm networks worldwide have 42mb data which is quite significant…i understand the lack of lte compatibility, but higher tier hspa doesnt make sense to me.  In samsungs quest to dominate apple, you’d think they’d work hard to broaden their hardware’s network capability….qualcomm is onboard….why not samsung???

      • chaz edwards

        Qualcomm has integrated modems for lte. LTE in europe and hspa+ Are different than the ones on tmobile. At&t uses the same as the international bands but different on lte bands run at some other frequency than in america. 

        There is a big agreement in europe in communications to set a standard on devices between carriers phones I don’t think cdma even exist there. Carriers over there are more or less all using the same bands and provide services. That is it. Which is way different how carriers are here. The 1700 and 2100 bands are not really used by anyone else besides tmobile usa. I believe. You can correct me on anything.

        • Get_at_Me

          The bands arent the issue…look at atts skyrocket, note and one x…..all qualcomm chips due to no lte compatibility. The first 2 devices have exynos internationally which support 21mbps hspa+ and the one x has the tegra 3 internationally i believe. If att didnt have lte, their devices would align with the rest of the world. US carriers want hardware that supports their fastest network. Dont understand why a company would not make their chip compatible to remain competitive….

  • Justlee7

    I want to first start off by stating I am a time traveler, though I can only go one month ahead in time. I’ve been to May 30th, and I am sorry to tell all Samsung GII owners, there is still no ICS on your phone. I’m betting it will be closer to July or August, and that’s just from Samsung’s history of phone updates…

    • http://www.twitter.com/chavantgarde Midas

      My friend has it on his white Samsung Galaxy II aka Hercules. It looked different compared to the many that come across my cell phone accessories kiosk.  

  • Malisha1

    Im completely disappointed with Tmobile.  Tmobile only needs to try a lil harder to please its customers then it will be great.  Plus tmobile only want to take care of their new customers and not their existing.

    • Get_at_Me

      Not true at all!!!! What makes u say that?

  • Littlesis1774

    Yep I will let my contract expire and won’t renew it

  • exibitsMAN

    Why does. Every one talksh”t about the LG doubles Playa.

  • Get_at_Me

    The spec sheet shows it has exynos?

    • Brad Johnson

      I thought Samsung was preparing to release Exynos processors for USA? I just want my GNOTE! :D

      Maybe we will find something out in 2 days. 2 days away!

  • http://www.twitter.com/chavantgarde Midas

    My HTC Amaze has started to lag. Every time I hit the home button, the htc logo appears and it actually has to load in order to show the widget. 

  • Brian Richards

    I’m not sure I will upgrade my S2. I upgraded my Archos tablet to their official ICS and it is now wildly unstable even after reseting and formatting, and that is pretty much STOCK ICS on there. 

  • Jeremy Carlton

    Well today is the day.. Supposedly… THis last week has been full of anxiety. So anxious I’ve been crack flashing every ICS leak built ROM on XDA. But I would rather have the official as all of these have been LOADED with bugs. Come on update!!

  • Jeremy Carlton

    Well today is the day.. Supposedly… THis last week has been full of anxiety. So anxious I’ve been crack flashing every ICS leak built ROM on XDA. But I would rather have the official as all of these have been LOADED with bugs. Come on update!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/truckeemike Mike Stubblefield

    So it’s now 5/12. Wondering if ICS still dropping for Galaxy S II on Monday? Dave?

  • http://www.facebook.com/truckeemike Mike Stubblefield

    Kies updated today 5/12/12. No new firmware yet but this is great. I have read ICS for Galaxy S II would only install via Kies, and Voila New Version today! MAYBE, Monday 5/14 is on!! I hope.!!

  • meek82

    sooo…….ICS ?

  • http://tmonews.com David

    Not coming, it’s been “delayed,” except it can’t be delayed when nobody announced it. This is life with unofficial release dates.

  • http://twitter.com/GalaxyS_JayJ Jay J.

    Well I checked Kies and no update for the Galaxy S II yet. ughhh im mad, I was looking forward to ICS Andriod 4.0 Guess I’m gone have to root my GSII

    • http://tmonews.com David

      I’ve tried to answer this in a post this morning!

  • mgiusto

    Ok, it’s the 14th, where’s my ICS update for my Tmo SGS II???

    • http://tmonews.com David

      Not happening, we are hearing there was a delay of sorts, but its not really a delay since it was never officially announced. Welcome to the world on unofficial release dates.

  • http://twitter.com/darxtar1 Jose Caudillo

    So what ever happened to the GS2 getting ICS starting today?

    • http://tmonews.com David

      As I’ve said quite a few times already in this post and the Sensation 4G update, this didn’t happen today. Unofficial dates are unfortunately exactly that, unofficial!

  • Rob Velez

    So where do you guys get these “unofficial dates” from?  Why post unofficial information? Get it confirmed.  Raising peoples hopes for nothing.  I almost lost everything cause of this stupid update! ICS ICS ICS ICS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   No seriously when is the next unofficial date?  So I can have something not to look forward to.

    • http://tmonews.com David

      Did you read the original post. First of all, why on earth would I ever say “where” I got those dates from? Do you honestly not know how leaks work? Why post unofficial information? Is this your first time reading a tech blog? Read the original post before blowing up.

    • Guest

      this is a news website we come across unofficial info all the time… 

  • Chuy070889

    When is ics for my galaxy s 2? …today is May 14 th…………………2013 or 2014