Samsung may have been delayed rolling out Android Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) to the Galaxy S2 to carry out more tests, as it emerges that thousands of UK users with unlocked phones still await their update.
The handset-maker originally announced it was making ICS available for unlocked versions of its flagship phone via its proprietary download solution in the week starting March 19th.
However, it has since emerged that over a week later the update is still unavailable. And today, in the absence of any kind of official explanation from Samsung, what appears to be a reason for the delay has emerged.
According to an S2 owner posting on CNet who claims to have contacted Sammy directly at a service centre, the rollout has been postponed because it’s “still in testing and [Samsung] only have a beta version to hand”.
And it gets worse, we’re afraid. Another S2 owner cited by the tech mavens attests that he was told that the upgrade may not be happening now until April 24th – over a month after it was originally due.
The delay is especially galling for owners of unlocked Galaxy S2 kits because they are likely to have bought their phone off-contract partly to ensure they got future OS bumps before the herd.
However, Three, stole a major march on Sammy and rival carriers when it pushed it out last Tuesday.
Before Three surprised us and jumped the gun, earlier OS rollouts suggested that network-branded S2 users would be waiting months for ICS while carriers conducted compatibility tests.