Samsung announced that owners of Samsung's Galaxy line of tablets and smartphones would soon be getting their upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, including Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note.
In a Devember 20 blog post, Samsung officially confirmed that the update to Ice Cream Sandwich for the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note will start in the first quarter 2012, and other GALAXY devices will soon follow.
There's no exact date given.
For upgradable models, Samsung will make separate announcements on details of OS updates schedule for each market according to market situation and carriers' requirements.
Samsung and the specific carriers in the United States, like Sprint and AT&T, which carry their own branded version of a Galaxy S II, will make their Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update announcements separately.
Samsung will not update the original Galaxy Tab tablet or Galaxy S smartphone.
The Android 4.0 ICS-upgradable devices are:
- Galaxy S II
- Galaxy II LTE
- Galaxy Note
- Galaxy R
- Galaxy Tab 10.1
- Galaxy Tab 8.9
- Galaxy Tab 7.7
- Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus
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.