No, this isn’t another rumour or a slip of tongue. Samsung has officially announced that an update to the new Ice Cream Sandwich iteration of Android will be released for the Galaxy S2 in 2012.
The Korean electronics giant has confirmed via its official blog that almost all its high-end Galaxy devices released this year will be upgradable to the latest OS refresh – including the Galaxy Tab range early next year.
“Samsung Electronics plan to provide the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for GALAXY devices. The platform update for GALAXY S II and GALAXY Note will start in the first quarter 2012, and other GALAXY devices will soon follow.”
First quarter means the update should reach devices by the end of March, possibly as early as January on the global version of the Galaxy S2, if internet whispers are to be trusted.
Ice Cream Sandwich, which debuted last month on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, brings a whole of changes and improvements to the platform. Standout among these are a revamped UI, an enhanced multitasking interface identical to Honeycomb but with the ability to ‘swipe away’ running apps a la webOS, and a new feature called Android Beam that lets you exchange content between devices by simply touching them together.
There are also updated versions of native apps including a faster web browser, a face detection-enabled screen unlock mechanism, the ability to resize widgets on the home screens, and last but not least, an all-round faster, smoother user experience.
Keep ‘em peeled for more news and announcements on the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy line in the weeks to come.
Source: Samsung Tomorrow via Pocket-Lint