Samsung just released an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Samsung Galaxy S II. This update has been highly anticipated and the excitement from Galaxy S II owners peaked after Samsung Philippines initially posted a March 10 update, which was immediately retracted. Now the update is official but the bad news is, it will initially be available in European countries including Poland, Hungary, and Sweden and also in Samsung’s country, Korea. The global update will follow “soon”, which could be in the next couple of days.
A few online tech publications have already seen and used the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Samsung Galaxy S II and initial comments say it looks and feels like the current Android 2.3 TouchWiz interface, with practically only the multi-tasking feature added. There’s no resizeable widgets and no unified app and widget drawer. What Samsung did is to retain the current look of TouchWiz as much as possible. For those who love how TouchWiz looks, this is good news. For those who are expecting a stock ICS look and feel, you’re in for a big disappointment.
Android 4.0 ICS software upgrade for Galaxy Note, Galaxy SII LTE, Galaxy R, Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, 7.7, 8.9 and 10.1 will follow soon according to Samsung. It will also offer Android 2.3 Gingerbread firmware upgrades for Galaxy S, Galaxy Tab 7″, Galaxy S Plus, Galaxy S SCL (Super Clear LCD), and Galaxy W from end of March. The firmware upgrades for Galaxy S for instance will include Face Unlock, Snapshot and Photo Editor, among others.