It’s been a long and agonizing wait for Galaxy S Blaze 4G owners, but it now seems that the 4-inch mid-ranger is finally ready to get that much awaited software bump. And while the ICS leap means that the Blaze is still one step behind the times, I’m sure that most of those who bought the phone since March 2012 will receive the news with unrestrained joy.
Samsung and T-Mobile have both assured early Blaze 4G buyers that they won’t be stuck to Android 2.3 for long, but there’s been no official news on the ICS updating front ever since spring. The users’ frustration reached unimaginable heights when T-Mo and Sammy wrapped the upgrades for all other three devices scheduled to get them (Galaxy S2, Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus and Galaxy Tab 10.1), but fortunately the S Blaze wasn’t left out of the mix after all.
The ICS update for the Blaze will be available starting October 3 via Samsung Kies, meaning that you shouldn’t wait for an automatic prompt message to inform you about its availability. Instead, you can either download the Kies utility tool from here, connect your phone to a PC and take it from there, or you can try to manually get the update OTA (over-the-air) by tapping Menu – Settings – Software Update.
You’ll have to be running Android 2.3.6 on your unrooted Galaxy S Blaze 4G to get the download, and you should also make sure your battery is above the 50% mark if you choose to update OTA. Oddly, the software package only weighs in at 15.7 MB, which sounds a bit on the light side for such a major upgrade, but the changelog specifically says Android 4.0.4 and software version T769UVLH5, so we should expect the usual set of tasty treats, improvements and tweaks.
There are also two specific bug fixes mentioned in the update changelog, one for the Mobile Hotspot Icon location and one for adding an Email option. Hopefully, there won’t be any new glitches popping up, but if they do, be sure to inform us and the world below. Happy updating!