Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S2s in the UK receive Android 4.0 update

by: Ankit BanerjeeApril 17, 2012
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The Samsung Galaxy S2 Android 4.0 update train in slowly chugging along. The update is still not available in a lot of major markets including India and the US (if you don’t count the leaked update for the AT&T Galaxy S2 Skyrocket). But almost every Samsung UK customer will be very happy.

Following rollouts for Galaxy S2s on the Vodafone, O2, and Three networks, the update is now available for all unlocked (contract-free) and SIM-free devices in the UK. I mentioned “almost every Samsung UK customer” earlier, as the update is still not available for customers on the T-Mobile and Orange networks. In a statement issued to Pocket-Lint, Samsung UK mentioned that the updates for Orange and T-Mobile will follow as soon as possible, pending software testing and approvals.

The Android 4.0 update for the Samsung Galaxy S2 include a host of new features such as:

  • Face Unlock
  • A new look multi-tasking menu making it easier to close apps
  • Google Chrome Beta app
  • Data consumption tracking
  • The ability to disable pre-installed apps

The update is available via Samsung’s desktop update software, Kies. All you need to do is plug in the device to your PC with an USB cable, open Kies and click on the “Firmware Upgrade” button. If you don’t already have Kies, you can download it  here.

Have you been able to update your Galaxy S2 to Android 4.0? Let us know your experience in the comments section below.

  • Rhys

    I’m with Orange, I was one of the first in the UK to get the SGS2 and it looks like I’ll be the last to receive the update! Wonderful! :(

  • MargaretNKinnley
  • Somedude

    Updated mine , its ok but a but glitchy compared to the old version and a bit slower

  • Alistair Watson

    Updated mine yesterday, one or two apps have failed to function properly and battery drain seems a lot heavier. Still in the process of personalising and reviewing apps. Not happy with the wifi/bluetooth management arrangements, hidden too deep – looking for a widget or app for that.