Samsung Says Galaxy S II Ice Cream Sandwich Update Coming Q1 2012

Samsung has cemented its plans for its upcoming roll-out of Ice Cream Sandwich and as expected, it’s landing on all top-shelf Android devices. This includes the GALAXY S II, GALAXY S II LTE, GALAXY Note, GALAXY R, GALAXY Tab 10.1, GALAXY Tab 8.9, GALAXY Tab 7.7, and GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus.

That is an international list, of course. For those of us using devices listed above, we’re likely to wait for announcements from the individual carriers, including T-Mobile. That’s pretty par for the course, but, at the very least, having concrete word from Samsung that an update is on the way is a good way to start the day.



Press Release:

Samsung Electronics plan to provide the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for GALAXY devices. The platform update for GALAXY S II and GALAXY Note will start in the first quarter 2012, and other GALAXY devices will soon follow.

The ICS-upgradable devices are the GALAXY S II, GALAXY S II LTE, GALAXY Note, GALAXY R, GALAXY Tab 10.1, GALAXY Tab 8.9, GALAXY Tab 7.7, and GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus.

For upgradable models, Samsung will make separate announcements on details of OS updates schedule for each market according to market situation and carriers’ requirements.

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and Samsung GALAXY Nexus, the first Ice Cream Sandwich powered smartphone, were first unveiled at a Google/Samsung joint news conference in Hong Kong on October 19th.

Ice Cream Sandwich brings an entirely new look and feel to Android. It has a redesigned user interface with improved multi-tasking, notifications, Wi-Fi hotspot, NFC support and a full Web browsing experience. Ice Cream Sandwich also features a new People App which lets users browse pictures, messages and social network updates from friends, family and co-workers.

Ice Cream Sandwich also introduces innovations such as Face Unlock, which uses facial recognition to unlock the smartphone. Using NFC technology, Android Beam allows users to quickly share Web pages, apps and YouTube™ videos with friends by simply tapping two phones back-to-back. Users can even use fun effects while shooting video or video chatting with Google Talk™.

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  • Anonymous

    Samsung is the $#!& I’m tellin you!!

    This is waay faster than I expected and I’m glad to see that they are trying to make a statement by putting some pep in the update step.  Unfortunately this does not translate to a T-Mobile Galaxy S II update timeline what so ever and I would give it two months after Samsung starts pushing it out to the I9100 before we actually get it.

    • Kelly

      Yes, Samsung says 1Q, but it’s whenever T-mobile releases it to us…. I bet it won’t be until 2Q before we see an OTA.

  • AndroidKura

    Yes that’s what I’m talking about

  • Dave

    Well it is faster then what HTC was saying there high end devices wood be getting ICS. SO I HOPE THEY GET IT OUT SOON!!!!

  • Ask a T-Mobile Vibrant (original) owner how they feel about this news.

    • Anonymous

      and they will say they been moved on past that phone.  At least that’s what I will say :-)

    • Rithasastar

      Pretty pissed.

  • Ilyas_k15

    Eh, I tried the ICS on both the Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus S, Nexus S seemed better to me because I hate Galaxy Nexus altogether, waste of hype. In any case, ICS is still young, and many apps don’t work as well with it, so it’s best to give it some time to evolve, and then start rolling it out. Plus the Face Unlock needs a lot of fixing, and that’s probably the most interesting part of the ICS, the rest is boring anyway.

  • Glad to see they are making moves now, because before…they were half steppin’.  Good job Sammy, I’m a fan like Stan…lol

  • Charles Bethel

    Awesome. I knew ICS would come, just didn’t know when. But the question is still when? Because you know all the carriers will have to put their bloatware and all their setting changes before pushing it out. So now the question can be moved to T-Mobile, When??

  • Sanman202

    At least they acknowledge it quite early with the GS2. Hopefully they follow through with what they said about being better with pushing updates.

  • TheTruthBeTold

    The video of ICS running on SGSII leaked and it looks horrible with touchwiz. These “faces” must android grows it becomes no need for them. Esp touchwiz

  • Anonymous

    …i’ll believe it when i see it lol

  • Kyle Weller

    Samsung and Google need to have a serious talk with the carriers, I hate having to rely on my carrier(T-Mobile) to release updates when the update is developed by samsung. I love my Hercules, it will pwn the Galaxy Nexus with ICS :) It pisses me off that T-Mobile delays updates to push out newer devices.

    If T-Mobile decides to update all their devices faster than other carriers, customers would be happier.

    So T-Mobile, get it together, you were the first carrier with Android the G1, be the leader in Android Devices, selection, plans, and handset updates.

    • If it is rolling out the International Galaxy S II in Q1, I’d expect it to arrive on SGH-T989 in Q2 2012. It’s even possible that they could get it done in Q1, but Q2 is more realistic.

  • Bkidko

    If anyone here gets an ota 4.0 on their S II, I will buy one, eat it and post a video here.

    • Bkidko

      My offer is only valid for Q1 2012. Forgot to mention that in last post.

  • ICS is big step for android and looks amazing. currently an owner of original Vibrant running ICS (rooted) but im most impressed with Samsung…. way to step it up and not screw your new customers this time. bravo

    • Davenycept

      I agree ryan.I’m in the same situation with my vibrant..I still love it but I ordered the white gs2 last week..the vibrant is still great but the gps issues never went away…

  • It’s a pretty excellent upgrade (currently playing with a Verizon Galaxy Nexus), but I’m curious to see how it plays with TouchWiz. A lot of TouchWiz seems clunk and/or unnecessary considering ICS’ UI enhancements.

    • Samsung ROCKS

      u can just root it and install the original ICS (i’m pretty sure cyanogenmods are already working on it) later and remove the darn touch wiz that’s what i’m going for!!!!!

  • josue cifuentes

    so i have a galaxy s2 (gt-9100) will i get that ICS update in Q1 ?

    • Bkidko

      No. Everyone else with a gs2 will, except for you.

      • Auser72


    • Khan

      Of course you will both of us will get, me also SAMSUNG GALAXY SII (i9100)

  • T-mobilesucks2012

    The misinforming press releases by T-Mobile and its parent company. If
    T-mobile did not get a i-phone there was a reason for that. T-mobile is
    not At&t, Verizon
    or Sprint. It belongs in the same category as Boost Mobile, Metro PCS
    and Virgin Mobile. If you want to prove me wrong first look at the

    T-Mobile is offering on a Pre-Paid plan in comparison to their post paid
    plans, you will get your answer. This company is headed for failure and
    no one can stop it. I have been a customer for ten years, so newbies
    refrain from talking out of your A**.

    • Kahlayoh

      hahaha…another 1!!! There’s a lot of you tmo bashers on this site!!! Think about it….if tmo was to get the iphone….wouldnt tmo posses all best of mobile devices? In my opinion..I think so!!! Who knows…maybe sometime in the very near future apple will decide to offer tmo their very own iphone! Happy Holidays to you and I hope good Ol’Saint Nick brings you one of Tmo’s finest phones and a wonderful yet affordable plan for you!!!

  • Anonymous

    I sold my T-mobile Galaxy SII that il loved and bought the international Galaxy SII and switched to AT&T. Besides switching carriers, I’m happy with the I9100 and it will get ICS before any other Samsung devices.

    • What made you go to AT&T?

      • Anonymous

        T-mobile discontinued Flexpay and I didn’t want to sign a contract. So I sold my T-mobile Galaxy SII and got the international one that works on AT&T HSPA+ network and I’m actually happy, I have to ay I do get service in some area where I wasn’t getting any with T-mobile. But I I had AT&T way back before T-mobile and I hated them at that time.

  • John Jacob Jingleheimerschmidt

    SGS4G no mention?

  • No-one

    Samsung made similar announcements (or misleading statements) for the Galaxy S, and that was a disaster. I’ll believe it when I see it.

  • TAF

    Need the update 4.0 on T989 ASAP!!!

    • Savonavince

      I got the same phone … I couldnt agree more . If we had Ics our phone would be untouchable!

  • Savonavince

    I cant stress how much better my galaxys 2 is compared to ANY other smartphone out there … This phone is a POWERHOUSE , but if I don’t get my 4.0 update by the end of this month I’m not renewing my contract with Tmobile when it expires. I couldnt agree more Tmobile is a great coverage company and extremely fast network . Be the best Tmobile by offering the latest updates 1st with these incredible phones.

  • I don’t think the T-Mobile version (T-989) is getting ICS.  Try and find it ANYWHERE.

  • Pappasan D

    @brettschulte:disqus  you may just want to flash your phone to get ICS. :

  • “A spokesperson assured the site: “We’ve been working closely with Samsung on this, and we can confirm that we will be rolling out the ICS update for Samsung Galaxy S2 from 22nd April.”

    T-Mobile’s released is supposed to be coming out today…keep your eyes peeled.

    • That’s for T-Mobile overseas. Not for the US.

  • guest

    Is Ice cream sandwich safe to install yet?  I have a Galaxy S2 and I’ve heard it can really mess up your phone to install this upgrade.  Any word out there?

  • hugheysk64

    I have a original tab and want to see a software update…… when will we see this?