Great news to all Samsung Galaxy smartphone or tablet users as Samsung Electronics confirms and officially announced that they are planning to release the most awaited Android update – Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) – as early as first quarter (Q1) next year (2012). First in line will be Samsung Galaxy S II and Samsung Galaxy Note which will get the platform update first based on the target quarter I mentioned. Other Samsung Galaxy devices will soon follow after that according to Samsung Electronics. The company mentioned eight (8) Samsung Galaxy devices which will get the ICS update next year. The following Samsung Galaxy devices mentioned are as follows:
- Samsung GALAXY S II
- Samsung GALAXY S II LTE
- Samsung GALAXY Note
- Samsung GALAXY R
- Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1
- Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9
- Samsung GALAXY Tab 7.7
- Samsung GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus
Well to give you a little catching up, the first Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich platform-based smartphone released by Google and Samsung was the Samsung Galaxy Nexus – which happens to be their Android 4.0 flagship smartphone. This smartphone was recently released and was well received by most Android spectators.
However, if you noticed Samsung Galaxy S was not in the list to get the latest Android update next year. Admittedly, this smartphone gave such disappointment to all the users and it is possible that it won’t be able to handle this update.
As for the ICS update, while Samsung Electronics are preparing for this next Android release they still need to coordinate and work with various carriers (i.e. GLOBE, SMART, SUN, etc here in the Philippines) to do some tweaks that should make the updating more smoothly. Probably, this update will be available via OTA (over-the-air).
As soon as I have the update on my Samsung Galaxy S II, I will update this post or create another one entailing how to update your smartphone. But before I do that I still need to coordinate with my local retailer to avoid losing my smartphone’s warranty.