Android ICS update for the Samsung Galaxy S2 available in India

Ice Cream Sandwich for Galaxy S2

Lately there has been a lot of good news for Android and Samsung fans. First, the Galaxy Note international version got the upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and is available via Samsung Kies. Later Samsung announced that the Galaxy S2 to ship with ICS preinstalled. The latest news is that you get the Galaxy S3 in 28 countries in Europe and other regions.

But so far good news where nothing to do with India except that we know that the Galaxy S3 will be available next week for around $700. All above mentioned news most likely upset current Galaxy S2 owners in India who have not get Ice Cream Sandwich for dinner the Galaxy S2.

Here comes the good news, finally Samsung has released the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for the Galaxy S2 in India. This is exactly the same update we got for the international version but there are some tweaks to make it work on mobile networks in India. This 220.31 MB update is rather large and it can be installed only by connection your Galaxy S2 to computer via USB cable. Your computer requires Samsung Kies, if you don’t have it, it is worth downloading. It allows to backup, restore, sync and manage your data with few clicks.

This update is also available Over-the-air but I wouldn’t recommend this option as you still need to connect your Galaxy S2 to computer to create a backup. If you still want to use OTA update then make sure you are downloading this software update via Wi-Fi to avoid heavy data usage charges.

Galaxy S2 ICS

Like I said this is the almost the same ICS version we saw for international version but if you are not familiar with Android 4.0 here are some most noticeable improvements you will get:

  • Updated TouchWiz UI
  • Redesigned icons and menus
  • Face Unlock
  • Improved spellcheck
  • Re-sizable widgets
  • Better voice recognition
  • New People app
  • Mobile network data usage function

This ICS update for Galaxy S2 comes with TouchWiz UI which looks almost the same as for previous version of Android and only some icons, buttons, and settings are changed. This version of ICS won’t make your Galaxy S2 interface to look like the Galaxy S3. I have heard that some users feels disappointed about the fact that UI is not much changed but personally I don’t care as long as my phone is runs smoother and has no issues where Android 2.3 fall short.

So don’t waste more time and hit update buttons on your Galaxy S2 to taste flavor of the India Style Ice Cream Sandwich.

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4 Responses to Android ICS update for the Samsung Galaxy S2 available in India

  1. ankit June 1, 2012 at 4:49 am #

    I hv manually updated ics 4.0.3 b4 some dayz, coz sansung hv NTT releases.

    But now Samsung provide it. How to get it? Currently m running 4.0.3

    • Richard June 1, 2012 at 1:00 pm #

      First you have to flash stock ROM and you can find it here: sammobile.com/firmware
      Just search for GT-i9100 and select your country and/or mobile carrier specific firmware and flash it like you did with custom ROM.

  2. Manish June 6, 2012 at 8:00 am #

    I have manually updated ics 4.0.3 from india now i want official update from samsung, plz help me how can get this update.

    • Richard June 6, 2012 at 8:22 am #

      Before you can upgrade to official version of ICS you have to flash stock ROM. You can find one from sammobile.com/firmware
      Then you will be able to use regular updates from Samsung

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