Samsung Galaxy S2 Ice cream Sandwich issues are holding back the update in many places. Abdul Vahid V probes as to what might hold back firmware update
Samsung Galaxy S 2 owners across the world are passionately looking for the new Android update. Samsung earlier announced that Galaxy S2 would get the latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich by April or early May 2012. But, as of now, many users in several countries haven’t yet received the firmware update. In spite of a horde of reports saying that users in some European and other countries have already obtained the update, Samsung hasn’t yet officially launched the ICS update for the S 2. What might possibly be preventing Samsung from releasing Android 4 for its flagship Android phone? Here we take a look into the potential reasons for the delay in hitting Android 4.0 on Galaxy S 2, the second gen Galaxy S phone.
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson recently opened up that Google was the main culprit for the delay of the Android 4.0 update in some major Android handsets. In an interview, Mr. Randall blamed on Google for prioritizing handsets to get the Ice Cream Sandwich. Even the delay in the launch of Samsung’s Galaxy S 3 is due to this restriction. “Google determines what platform gets the newest releases and when,” the AT&T head says. “A lot of times, that’s a negotiated arrangement and that’s something we work at hard. We know that’s important to our customers. That’s kind of an ambiguous answer because I can’t give you a direct answer in this setting.”
Indeed, it is a shocking thing that Google has started to deliberately delay the release of Android update these days. Earlier, the process was simple. Google used to publish the source code of a new version of Android, product makers can then run their handsets with the firmware and carriers will just have to certify the products with the OS. But under the new situation, things have entirely changed and it is difficult to get the update from Google, Stephenson says.
Wait for Galaxy 3’s launch
Some reports deduce that Samsung has intentionally delayed the release of Galaxy S 2 firmware update to find more customers for its newly announced Galaxy S 3. Samsung uncovered the new Galaxy S upgrade on May 3 in a London media event. Though expected to ship by late May, Samsung has not so far launched the device. The new Galaxy S 3 is the first member to the Galaxy S line with the ICS. Even though, reports from various countries indicate that the new version of S 2 has hit their stores.
Wait for iPhone 5
Is Samsung waiting for iPhone 5 to launch ICS version of Galaxy S 2? There is less chance for such an assessment. Apple’s new generation iPhone 5 will certainly be a threat for Samsung’s Galaxy S series. The new version of iPhone is expected to come with lots of incredible new features. Rumored to come out in June at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference next month, iPhone 5 may tout many enhanced features and a fresh design. These aspects will raise critical threat against the new Galaxy S 3 and its predecessor. Anyway, there is very less chance that Samsung would delay firmware update of its devices to launch them close to iPhone 5’s release.
A few sources even doubt that some technical issues prevent Samsung from launching the firmware update for Galaxy 2. As per many analysts, it is also a pointless claim, because many people have so far received or run the ICS on their second gen Galaxy S 2 with no issues. So it seems pointless to argue that Samsung would have delayed the firmware update due to some tech problems of the gadget.
It looks like we are set to get the ICS update on our Galaxy S2s sooner than later. Many reports claim that customers in several parts of the world have received either the ICS update or new version of S 2 with the firmware. Some reports even referred to Samsung sources to ‘confirm’ the Android 4.0 ICS update. But still now, there is no official statement or wide availability of the firmware.