There has been a lot of good news for Android and Samsung fans in India in the last week. First, the Galaxy Note got the upgrade to Android 4.0, available OTA or via Kies. There was later an announcement that all new Samsung Galaxy S2s that would be sold in India would ship with ICS out of the box. Leaving the best for last, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is already up for pre-order and will likely be available in the next two weeks.
But, all the good news did nothing to stem the increasing disappointment and anger felt by current Samsung Galaxy S2 owners, who have been eagerly awaiting the update to Google’s “latest and greatest” iteration of the Android OS. Galaxy S2 owners who swore by Samsung were almost on the verge of looking elsewhere for their next smartphone, even with the Galaxy S3 on its way, because of the lack of updates on the part of Samsung.
Well, the wait is finally over, and Galaxy S2 users have a reason to celebrate. The ICS update for the device is now available either OTA (Over-the-Air) or via the Samsung Kies software suite, for both versions of the phone, the GT-i9100 (featuring a dual-core 1.2 Ghz Exynos processor) as well as the GT-i9100G (featuring a dual-core 1.2 Ghz TI OMAP 4430 processor).
The 220MB update is rather large, so if you are doing the OTA update, it is recommended to do so over a WiFi connection, to avoid heavy data usage charges. As expected, other than the performance enhancement, the ICS update brings along with it a host of other features including:
- Updated TouchWiz UI
- Face Unlock
- Re-sizable widgets
- New People app
- Mobile network data usage function
It looks like Samsung Galaxy S2 owners in India won’t have to look at other sources for their Ice Cream Sandwich fix after all. Samsung swooped in and saved the day just in time. Does “all’s well that ends well” apply here?
What are your thoughts? How happy/excited/relieved are you that the ICS update for the S2 is finally here? If you have already received the OTA update or done so via Kies, let us know your experience in the comments section below.