While there are many leaked builds and ROM’s to upgrade Samsung Galaxy S2 to latest Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich there was no official announcement from Samsung, till now. As soon as March 1st SGSII owners will be able to upgrade their phones to Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich with TouchWiz user interface.
While release date still depends on country and mobile carrier the unlocked/no contract phones will get this update on March 1st but the rest will have to wait till your mobile carrier decides to update your phone (this mainly applies to US smartphone purchased from mobile carriers with contract).
Samsung made a public announcement back in December stating that Samsung Galaxy S2 and other capable devices will get Ice Cream Sandwich flavor in near future and now we know more accurate date for this release.
First devices in Samsung’s portfolio to get ICS is Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Note but currently Samsung haven’t gave exact date for other devices but you will be the first who finds out if you will keep follow our blog.
At the same time HTC on their Facebook page announced Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich release roadmap and first devices to get this update are Sensation, Sensation 4G and Sensation XE. Second round for IC powered smartphones will come soon after and will include HTC Rezound, Vivid, Amaze 4G, EVO 3D, EVO Design 4G, Incredible S, Desire S and Desire HD.
Currently there are only few Ice Cream Powered devices in the market and the most recognized is Samsung Galaxy Nexus, currently available through Verizon Wireless and later on will be available on Sprint. Meanwhile it is sold in many countries across the globe without contract.
Recently we saw Ice Cream Sandwich powered Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, so we can be sure that current Galaxy Tab owners will get Android 4.0 update as well. ICS was built to work with both smartphones and tablets so there is no way for Samsung to avoid this must have update.
Have you already installed custom ROM to get Ice Cream Sandwich on Samsung Galaxy S2 or holding back for official release?
Update(1): If you can’t wait to get Ice Cream Sandwich on Samsung Galaxy S2 I wrote a tutorial how to install custom ICS firmware