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Samsung Galaxy S2 Ice Cream Sandwich update: when will I get it?

Now Samsung has confirmed the Samsung Galaxy S2 Ice Cream Sandwich update is landing next week, here’s our constantly updated hub of all information for the next level of Android on your flagship Samsung phone.

The problem with Android updates is the process is so staggered, leading to consumers getting angry at the length of time it takes them to receive the next generation of software.

Once Google throws out the source code to the manufacturers, it’s up to them to divert resources to combining the latest version of Android with their hardware – this can take longer if there’s a skin running atop the OS, as is the case with the Galaxy S2.

And once that’s complete, the likes of Vodafone and O2 then have to make sure there are no issues with the new firmware running with their networks – it may sound trivial, but you don’t want something like this happening – so check below to see how long you’ll be likely to wait for the next generation software to land on your Galaxy S2.

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Samsung has confirmed to TechRadar that the Galaxy S2 Ice Cream Sandwich update UK release date will be 19 March.

The news follows Samsung’s tweet about the new Android 4.0 software landing in Korea and some parts of Europe:

“ICS for Galaxy S2 will be available today in Europe, including Poland, Hungary, Sweden and Korea & gradually roll out to other markets.”

However, it seems the UK won’t have to wait too much longer to get the same treatment.

Samsung told us: “Samsung UK can confirm that the roll out of Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) on Galaxy S II will be available from week commencing 19 March, however the availability of software upgrades in the UK will be dependent upon each network’s own software approvals process.”


Three has told TechRadar that it is working on releasing the Samsung Galaxy S2 Ice Cream Sandwich update as soon as possible.

A spokesperson for Three said: “We are testing Ice Cream Sandwich on the Galaxy S2 and the update is on track”, but the network was unable to provide us with a roll-out date.

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Vodafone has also confirmed that it’s received the update from Samsung, and told TechRadar it is hopeful of rolling out the Ice Cream Sandwich update in double quick time:

“The Android 4.0 upgrade for Galaxy S2 smartphones running on the Vodafone UK network is currently under test to make sure that we provide the highest level of final software. As soon as the tests are completed we will upload the software to the update servers as quickly as possible.

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As you’ve probably guessed, TechRadar has thrown aside its copy of Horse and Hound and poured all its efforts into finding out when the rest of the networks will be dropping the update – when we know, you’ll know (after we’ve spent time writing it up. It’s not an automatic process, you know).

Samsung Galaxy S2 Ice Cream Sandwich update: when will I get it?