Samsung Sets Galaxy S II Ice Cream Sandwich Update for First Quarter 2012
Earlier today Samsung dished the details on their plans to bring Ice Cream Sandwich to their Galaxy devices, this of course included the world famous Galaxy S II. The release doesn’t provide any carrier specifics, but it does demonstrate that Samsung has plans to bring Android 4.0 to their premiere devices currently stuck at Gingerbread. Since Sprint was the first U.S. carrier to give the Galaxy S II a home, hopefully they’ll be the first to give the device an official taste of Ice Cream Sandwich. Check out Samsung’s press release after the break.
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.
For upgradable models, Samsung will make separate announcements on details of OS updates schedule for each market according to market situation and carriers’ requirements.
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and Samsung GALAXY Nexus, the first Ice Cream Sandwich powered smartphone, were first unveiled at a Google/Samsung joint news conference in Hong Kong on October 19th.
Ice Cream Sandwich brings an entirely new look and feel to Android. It has a redesigned user interface with improved multi-tasking, notifications, Wi-Fi hotspot, NFC support and a full Web browsing experience. Ice Cream Sandwich also features a new People App which lets users browse pictures, messages and social network updates from friends, family and co-workers.
Ice Cream Sandwich also introduces innovations such as Face Unlock, which uses facial recognition to unlock the smartphone. Using NFC technology, Android Beam allows users to quickly share Web pages, apps and YouTube™ videos with friends by simply tapping two phones back-to-back. Users can even use fun effects while shooting video or video chatting with Google Talk™.