Owners of unlocked versions of the Samsung Galaxy S2 can grab the latest version of Android today, bringing with it everything from the Face Unlock security feature to a very welcome battery-life boost.
Android 4.0, aka Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), can only be downloaded for S2 models bought off-contract via Samsung’s proprietary download solution, Kies. According to Sammy’s Twitter reps, there is no easier to implement, over the air update - apparently due to the (a)mount [sic] of data involved”.
ICS is already up for grabs for S2 owners on Vodafone, Three and O2. Orange and T-Mobile are expected to follow suit soon.
Unlocked editions of phones, unadorned with networks’ bloatware and powered by vanilla versions of Android, would normally have been expected to receive the upgrade to ICS first.
This is because, unlike network-branded models, there is no need for extensive testing to ensure that the new iteration of the software is compatible with carriers’ services.
However, bucking the standard procedure, this time Samsung said it was delaying rolling out ICS to unbranded phones until it is available on carriers.
This has prompted some conspiracy-minded types to posit that Samsung agreed to do so as a sop to networks who have been strongly criticised over delays to updates in the past.