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!