The Koreans at Samsung have kept their word and today pushed out the long-awaited Ice Cream Sandwich update to Galaxy S2 owners in South Korea, with more countries expected to follow. As reported by The Verge, if you live in Poland, Sweden, Hungary, or the UK, there’s a good chance you’ll get to enjoy that sweet taste of Ice Cream pretty soon.
[UPDATE] Our readers informed us that the Galaxy S2 ICS update is available in Finland, Denmark, Norway, Turkey and Cyprus too, besides the already mentioned countries. Thanks, guys!
[UPDATE 2] Samsung UK told Pocket-Lint that the Galaxy S2 ICS update will be available in UK from March 19, but the actual rollout depends on carriers. Bummer!
According to the Samsung’s website, you can upgrade your Samsung Galaxy S2 to ICS through Kies or by waiting for the Over-The-Air upgrade. Those who are still running Kies version 1.5 are advised to update the PC sync software to the latest version, to ensure a smooth upgrade. Taking the Kies route allows you to save precious bandwidth, since the firmware file that must be downloaded is significantly smaller when compared to the OTA method.
Samsung Galaxy S2 is just the first on the company’s long list of devices waiting to be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich. The Koreans have mentioned that the upgrade to ICS will be prioritized for Samsung Galaxy Note, Galaxy S II LTE, and Galaxy R. As for the tablet lineup, ICS will come to the Galaxy Tab 10.1, Tab 7.7, and Tab 7.0 Plus first.
Samsung initially announced that they won’t be upgrading the Samsung Galaxy S and the original Galaxy Tab 7.0 due to hardware limitations. However, they quickly backtracked and said will reconsider their options, after the announcement was met with a tsunami of anger and disappointment from, umm, just about a couple of million owners of the two devices.
There’s no date set yet for the upgrade, except for a rather vague Q2 2012. Alternatively, you can just get the Galaxy Nexus or Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 – the first smartphone and tablet offering from Samsung to feature ICS.
Do let us know if you’ve received your ICS update, as well as your location. This way we can pass on the good news to fellow Galaxy S2 owners.