Samsung Rolls Out Android 4.0 Update to Samsung Galaxy SII
Samsung has begun rolling out Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) updates to users of Galaxy SII phones. European and Asian consumers are the first in line to try it as well as those with the international (unmodified) version of the phone. Users in Sweden, Hungary, Poland as well as Korea are the first to get the update. However, because US carriers always customize their phones, there’s no word yet when US consumers will get Android 4.0 on their handsets. Major carries didn’t give more details on the availability and although modifications on the ICS update have been completed, it may take a few weeks of test before it is released.
The scheduling and availability of the update varies by wireless carrier and market requirements. The update is performed via Kies, however, experienced users can choose to manually apply the update by following instructions provided by the XDA Developers forum.
A significant change is that users the OS don’t need the four physical buttons as they are replaced by the contextual software buttons. Other features include Android Beam over NFC and face unlocking.
Some devices in the Galaxy family are set to receive the ICS update too; they include Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 8.9 tablets as well as Galaxy Note. Older and low-end Galaxy phones won’t get the update though, probably to avoid possible performance issues. Samsung announced previously that it has completed delivering Gingerbread update to Froyo devices and the release of ICS updates will further solidify Samsung’s position in the market.