Samsung has begun rolling out Android Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) to the Galaxy S2, ending months of thumb-twiddling from owners keen to get their hands on the latest version of Google’s OS.
The upgrade is available to download now for owners of S2 handsets bought off-contract in select European countries “including Poland, Hungary and Sweden, as well as Korea”.
The keen-eyed among you will notice that us in the UK are conspicuous by our absence from the initial rollout. Don’t fret unduly; Sammy promises that it will “gradually roll out to other markets too”, with Northern Europe almost certain next in line for some update love.
If you bought your S2 on a monthly contract, however, you’ll have longer to wait. Going by previous software updates, possibly as long as a couple of months while your carrier ensures that ICS is compatible with its proprietary services and whathaveyou.
Features the freshened-up version of Android adds to the S2 include Face Unlock that uses face recognition technology to add a cool new twist to phone security – albeit one that’s a little too easy to bypass right now.
Also incoming is Android Beam, which harnesses the S2’s Near Field Communications (NFC) chip to allow users to swap data and files simply by touching their handsets together.
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