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Android Ice Cream Sandwich

The latest Android Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) update for the Samsung Galaxy S2 will be landing before the end of the month, an O2 official has confirmed.

Speaking to TechRadar, O2’s media and communications executive Andrew Cocks has revealed that the eagerly awaited successor to Android Gingerbread will be rolled out “before the end of March, not mid-April”.

Samsung announced yesterday that Ice Cream Sandwich for the 20 million-plus-selling kit will be available to UK customer starting March 19th. However, that likely applies to owners who picked up an unlocked version of the handset.

As networks typically require more time to test new software for compatibility and quality assurance, it makes sense that contract customers will have to wait a litter longer.

Unfortunately, none of the other major networks have confirmed, unofficially or otherwise, when ICS can be expected. We’ve been in touch with them all and will let you know as soon as we have more release dates to share.

In the meantime, O2 customers can get ready to taste ICS. Among the improvements it brings are updated versions of stock apps, the Chrome mobile browser, plus new features that include a face detection-enabled screen unlock mechanism, and Android Beam, which allows users to transfer data to other NFC-capable kits by just touching them together.

Awaiting Ice Cream Sandwich on another device? Head over to our updates round-up for the most up-to-date info.



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