Samsung has pushed out the Android 4.0 ICS update for its flagship Galaxy S2 phone a week ago. While most European and Asian countries have been able to get a bite of the elusive Ice Cream Sandwich, owners of the Samsung Galaxy S2 in the US and other regions are still waiting for that elusive update.

Just because you haven’t received that ICS update on your Galaxy S2 phones, it doesn’t mean that you can’t prepare by knowing all there is to know about the imminent updating process, as well as how to navigate your way around the brand new operating system. After all, Samsung has gone out of their way to create a detailed user guide on Ice Cream Sandwich for Galaxy S2 owners.

The folks at Coolsmartphone were kind enough to convert the pptx file into a handy PDF, which you can download right here.


Samsung’s guide highlights the main features of Ice Cream Sandwich and how they differ from Gingerbread, along with complete side by side screenshots of the two Android flavors. The differences depicted range from simple things, like how to save new contacts on the phone, to the most complex, such as managing applications and setting VPN networks. It’s safe to say that this ICS guide is as thorough as they get. And, although the document is intended for the European market, there’s no reason to believe  things would be significantly different for the rest of the world.

As for those who have been furiously checking their Samsung Galaxy S2 phones for the over-the-air update of ICS, the guide specifically states that the update isn’t currently supported via OTA upgrades and can only be triggered using the Kies 2.0 software.

With the availability of Samsung’s ICS user guide and of the Galaxy S2’s kernel source code, it’s really only a matter of time before ICS lands on your phone. Fingers crossed!

Bams Sadewo
Sade has an addiction, and it is incurable. Being as furiously addicted as he is mobile technology, it's only natural that he would want to work with the best Android site in the world. He scours the internet at all hours of the day and night to bring you the freshest, most interesting news on the rapidly expanding world of Android!
  • Ohjjg_gdhgf

    I will only upgrade if there is s root for ice cream sandwich

    • Nexroom

      The ‘root ‘ has been available for ages

    • Ray

      The root is available via XDA. It was just released. Official stuff.

  • Sadfa

    fuck you


  • guest

    I’m so dissappointed with the fact that you can not create folders in Samsung’s ICS update. and looks like we are not getting the ICS camera features either. Not to mention the Ugly TW ruining the whole experience… grrrrr. after waiting all this time, this is sooo frustrating…

    • Nexroom

      Try using ‘go launcher’ with ICS I have this on my SG2 and I am really really happy as are my colleagues.

      • Hubie

        hey there, can you tell me if it is possible to use the camera features of ICS on a sgs2, speaking of panorama? (I am new to it, I will get my sgs2 in the next few days and never had an android phone before)

      • Hubie

        and… more important: Do you have the action buttons on the screen if you use go launcher or root the phone? (Means double buttons or useless hardware buttons?)


    • Brianepatt85

      So many people complain about touchwiz baffles me. Get go launcher or root your phone and get a custom rom. I can care less what the phone UI looks like when it comes out of the box. Its totally easy to customize it! As long as Samsung keeps banging out phones with amazing hardware they can keep shitwiz on there phones. This is android not apple. Ur not stuck with what u got. Don’t even have to root ur phone!

    • alexa

      Um you were always able to create Folders in Gingerbread..

  • Millais

    There’s no point in releasing a manual when they haven’t even released the full software. even three, the network, have it before unbranded phones. come on samsung, this is ridiculous.

  • Brianepatt85

    If you owned the first galaxy phone u shouldn’t be surprised about upgrades being slow. I gave my brother my galaxy s vibrant for T-Mobile and it still hasn’t got gingerbread on it. I’m not holding my breath for ics.

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  • Banana

    I like icecream :)

  • Nilnutt

    I have an att sgs2 rooted it installed a good pics from. I have all the features mentioned here. Panorama in call recording over or under clocking tethering… the list goes on video calling create folders on the fly… I have apex launcher ( free) it’s OK but more functions available in pro version. Go to you tube search zedomax. This dude reviews phones on 4 major carriers has tutorials for all actions. Rooting loading new kernals loading new rooms backing up current rooms. Backing up apps data the full gambit. His tuts are great for the new as well as the experienced!

  • Abdulla Mohammad

    How can i forward the calls

  • Nathan Ber

    SGS2 Security/Find my Mobile – I can’t change the clicks or prevent it from SMS another phone with “phone stolen alert”

  • co

    my email is not working right now. it will not leave emails on my online account when I delete them from phone. What do i do? i have changed sync settings and it did not fix problem.

  • jill

    how do i push my phone numbers to my parrot bluetooth