Several handsets are set for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update. This include Samsung Galaxy S2, Galaxy S Skyrocket and Galaxy Note too
Google has just demoed Android 4.1, codenamed Jelly Bean. The new version of Android is slated to debut on Google’s Asus-built Nexus 7 by mid July 2012. Possibly, Samsung Galaxy Nexus (also the third Google Nexus phone) will be the first handset to get the new firmware. But, major Android handsets have only started to receive the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update. Most product makers and carriers are somehow late in updating their devices with the Ice Cream Sandwich, which was released late last year. We bring you a list of Samsung handsets that have either received the ICS update or are about to enter the pipeline of the update.
Samsung Galaxy S II
The key Android handset of 2011, the Galaxy S II has just received the latest Android 4.0.4 ICS in global markets. Samsung users can download the update either through Over-The-Air (OTA) option or Samsung Kies desktop. The new version of OS will bring many features and bug fixes to the handset that came up with the Gingerbread. The firmware update will be first available on the unlocked versions of S II. The locked editions on various carriers will get the update later.
As noted above, the S II came up with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. As per analysts, it is one of the best Android handsets in the market. The device sports a 4.3-inch super AMOLED display and it is powered by an Exynos dual-core Cortex-A9 CPU that clocks at 1.2GHz. A powerful 1650mAh battery, 4G LTE connectivity and thinner body make the handset a superb product out in stores. The S II has now received its successor, the Galaxy S III, which comes preloaded with the ICS. With the arrival of S III, there is a chance for decrease in demand for the S II model.
Samsung Galaxy S Skyrocket (AT&T)
AT&T has just announced firmware update for its Galaxy S Skyrocket. This Galaxy S II variant is also one of the largely awaited devices to get the software update. Users will be lucky enough to see the ICS on the Skyrocket. Of course, large number of Skyrocket users is waiting for the device to get the update.
Samsung Galaxy Note
This world famous phablet has already received the Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade all over the world except the U.S. Its U.S. carrier AT&T has been too late to deliver the update. As of now, the carrier has started the process with the Ice Cream Sandwich Premium Suite, which introduces many improvements to the handset. The ICS Premium Suite on Note adds some revolutionary features like an improved S-Note app, S-Memo, Android Beam, Shape Match, Formula Match, My Story and others.
Well, “the ICS update for the Galaxy Note also adds additional improvements not found on other models in the Premium Suite update bundled with the Galaxy Note ICS update, such as updated versions of the S Note app and revised S Memo apps along with the addition of a new app known as My Story, which will allow for the creation of digital greeting cards,” says PhoneNews.com.
Sprint Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G
Sprint has also announced the ICS update for its version of Galaxy S II, the Epic 4G Touch. The carrier on its official site has promised that the device will get the firmware update sometime between July 12 and July 20. In case of the S II Epic 4G, users will not be required to download the update file. Instead, they can just wait for the update Over-The-Air (OTA). “Typically, carriers wait until the last minute before going public with update announcements, so I suspect that things have already gotten under way for some,” says CNet reviewer.