Samsung announced the software upgrade for the Samsung Galaxy S II to the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade for the Samsung Galaxy S II will be available to European countries including Poland, Hungary, Sweden, as well as Korea today and gradually roll out to other markets. It’s still unknown when the ICS software upgrade will be available for the U.S. Galaxy S2 models.
Samsung also said that the Android 4.0 ICS software upgrade will be available for GALAXY Note, GALAXY SII LTE, GALAXY Tab 8.9 and 10.1 soon. The firmware upgrade of Ice Cream Sandwich for the Galaxy S II will include Face Unlock, Snapshot, Photo Editor and others.
President of IT & Mobile Communication Division, JK Shin said, “We expect that our customers will enjoy an enhanced experience with their Galaxy device through this upgrade. Samsung is committed to satisfying our customers needs.”
Samsung is also getting ready to release their Galaxy S III which will make it’s debut in more than 50 markets at the same time, unlike the Galaxy S II. It’s been said it will come with a 4.8-inch HD display, a quad-core processor, LTE compatibility, Android 4.0 upgrade; it’ll most likely come installed. No release date has been reported, but it wouldn’t be too surprising to see it this spring.
Since the release of the Samsung Galaxy S II in February 2011 they claim to have sold more than 22 million devices. According to figures from industry analysts Gartner, with those sales, it’s helped Samsung become the world’s biggest seller of smartphones in late 2011.
Gartner estimates that around 52% of smartphones are Android based. with comparison of Apple at 15% share of the market.
Stuart Miles, founder and chief executive of gadget site Pocket-lint, said the update will be welcomed by Galaxy S2 owners. “It comes five months after the first Ice Cream Sandwich device from Samsung but the update is better than nothing. There are lots of handsets out there that still haven’t got the update or won’t ever get the update.”