Well March 10 came and went without the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy S II, but hey what’s a few extra days? If you remember, we posted that earlier today a tweet was pulled by SK Telecom announcing that ICS would arrive on March 13. It was pulled because Samsung wanted to make the official announcement, which they just did via Twitter and Facebook. Here’s what they said on Facebook:
We’re thrilled to announce that Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich will be served to GALAXY S II users in the European countries including Poland, Hungary and Sweden, as well as Korea today, and gradually roll out to other markets.
ICS for GALAXY Note, GALAXY S II LTE, GALAXY Tab 8.9 and 10.1 will follow soon.
In addition, we’ll 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 March. The firmware upgrades for GALAXY S, for example, include Face Unlock, Snapshot, Photo Editor, and others.
The availability and scheduling of the software update and specific models upgradeable to Android 4.0 will vary by market and wireless carriers’ requirements.
I would expect to see the Galaxy Note and others to get ICS by May. If you’re in the U.S., you’re probably wondering when ICS will make its way stateside. Unfortunately I don’t have any confidence that we will get a taste until at least the Summer.
Also the Gingerbread firmware update for the Galaxy S, Galaxy Tab, etc. is quite interesting in that Face Unlock and Photo Editor will make it’s way to these devices. It’s unlikely these devices will ever see ICS, but at least Samsung is trying to bring some its features to these devices.
Let us know in the comments if you received your update.