It’s been quite some time since Ice Cream Sandwich arrived and none of the devices have seen an official update ( as fas as I know). It’s high time google gets their ultimate OS up an running. So as we already know Google signed up Samsung for their latest Nexus with ICS. So its pretty obvious that Samsung will be letting out the first set of updates for the next version of Android.
Samsung’s Galaxy line of smartphones and tablets will be upgraded to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) in the first quarter of next year, the company has announced. So far, the only Samsung device that runs ICS is the Galaxy Nexus, which just officially arrived in the US (via Verizon Wireless) last week. The Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note will be the first devices to receive the update, with others to follow.
Android 4.0 delivers a much-needed polish to Google’s mobile operating system, making it more user-friendly. ICS also includes a swath of improvements to features like multi-tasking, notifications and Wi-Fi hotspots, among many others, and entirely new features, Face Unlock is one such remarkable feature.Moreover it is the common OS afterall.. so it ought to give the developers one hell of a time.
The complete list of Samsung devices eligible for the ICS update include:
• Samsung Galaxy S II
• Samsung Galaxy S II LTE
• Samsung Galaxy Note
• Galaxy R
• Galaxy Tab 10.1
• Galaxy Tab 8.9
• Galaxy Tab 7.7
• Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus
The exact date each device will receive the upgrade to ICS will vary, Samsung says, depending upon “market situation and carriers’ requirements.”
HTC recently announced that it too would be updating its devices with ICS early next year. And the Motorola Droid Razr will receive ICS around the same time.
As any Android user already knows, this staggered and disjointed update schedule is one of the most frustrating aspects of owning one of these devices. It’s also apparently unavoidable, however, thanks to the severe fragmentation of the Android platform caused by manufacturers adding their own tweaks to the OS.
The rest of Samsung’s Galaxy line will join the Galaxy Nexus in running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in early 2012.
I personally am quite disappointed.. I mean for the amount of time Samsung spends in release new Galaxy phone.. the update should have been here for Christmas.