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Owners of the ageing Samsung Galaxy S and Samsung Galaxy S Plus will get a taste of the latest Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) version of Android after all, Samsung has revealed.

Last year, the phone-maker disclosed that it had no plans to bring ICS to the original Galaxy S and the minor upgrade thereof that was the S Plus, both of which currently run the previous 2.3 edition of Android, aka Gingerbread.

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However, today it announced that although this still remains the case, at least some of the spanking new features of ICS will be coming to those kits, courtesy of a firmware upgrade.

And if you got a Galaxy Tab 7” slate and some lesser-spotted members of the Galaxy fam, you’re being invited to the party too.

Samsung stated: “In addition [to the ICS update for the S2], 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.”

Face Unlock and the photo editing features have hitherto been exclusive to ICS.

Samsung has today begun to rollout ICS to the S2 for unlocked handsets in select northern European countries and South Korea. The UK is expected to join the fun in a matter of days.



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