South Korean tech giant has said that Samsung Galaxy S2 Ice Cream Sandwich or Android 4 update is expected shortly
Yesterday Samsung has confirmed that its Galaxy S II smartphone, Galaxy S II LTE (Long-Term Evolution) edition and Galaxy Note will get the software update to Ice Cream Sandwich in the first quarter of next year. Over the course of the remaining year Galaxy R phone and Galaxy Tab 10.1, Tab 8.9, Tab 7.7 and the new Tab 7.0 Plus will get the update to the newest Android ICS.
Last week Google had announced that the Samsung Nexus S would be getting the ICS upgrade over the course of the month.
Samsung is also the proud developer of the first ICS device, the Galaxy Nexus “pure Google experience” smartphone. It boasts a 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED display and is powered by a 1.2GHz processor.
Galaxy Nexus was released in the UK last month and from Verizon Wireless in the United States just last week. The Verizon version can be had for $149.99 with a Verizon contract from Amazon Wireless. Galaxy Nexus is known for the ICS rather than the sleek design.
Ice Cream Sandwich joins the Android smartphone and Honeycomb tablet branches, thus providing a holographic user interface perks and software navigation keys for which Honeycomb is known. It also enables Honeycomb-styled multitasking, notifications, the Face Unlock facial detection feature and Android Beam, letting users share information through near-field communications.
Along with Samsung, other firms are also not far in pledge ICS support for handsets in 2012. Motorola, Sony and LG have all discussed their plans to upgrade their gadgets to the new ICS by the coming year.
Samsung has now confirmed the quarter of update at least and would be landing on all top-shelf Android devices, like 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.
Though this is an international list, those using devices listed above are likely to wait for announcements from the individual carriers, including T-Mobile. Though it is still a matter of indecision as the announcement fom the carriers is still awaited, the confirmation from Samsung is a big leap anyway.
Samsung’s press release states, “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.”