Samsung Galaxy S2 Ice Cream Sandwich update: when will I get it?

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Samsung Galaxy S2 Ice Cream Sandwich update confirmed

Now Samsung has confirmed the Samsung Galaxy S2 Ice Cream Sandwich update is landing next week, here's our constantly updated hub of all information for the next level of Android on your flagship Samsung phone.

The problem with Android updates is the process is so staggered, leading to consumers getting angry at the length of time it takes them to receive the next generation of software.

Once Google throws out the source code to the manufacturers, it's up to them to divert resources to combining the latest version of Android with their hardware – this can take longer if there's a skin running atop the OS, as is the case with the Galaxy S2.

And once that's complete, the likes of Vodafone and O2 then have to make sure there are no issues with the new firmware running with their networks – it may sound trivial, but you don't want something like this happening - so check below to see how long you'll be likely to wait for the next generation software to land on your Galaxy S2.

Update: It looks like you need to plug your Galaxy S2 into your computer and access the Ice Cream Sandwich update via Kies. The update will not show up in the Settings > About phone > Software update > Update option on the handset.

See Ice Cream Sandwich in action on the S2 in our demo video:

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Samsung has confirmed to TechRadar that the Galaxy S2 Ice Cream Sandwich update UK release date will be 19 March.

The news follows Samsung's tweet about the new Android 4.0 software landing in Korea and some parts of Europe:

"ICS for Galaxy S2 will be available today in Europe, including Poland, Hungary, Sweden and Korea & gradually roll out to other markets."

However, it seems the UK won't have to wait too much longer to get the same treatment.

Samsung told us: "Samsung UK can confirm that the roll out of Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) on Galaxy S II will be available from week commencing March 19, however the availability of software upgrades in the UK will be dependent upon each network's own software approvals process."

Update: Even though Samsung said it would be rolling out the Ice Cream Sandwich to networks and sim-free Galaxy S2 owners from March 19, a surprising (and confusing) u-turn by Samsung confirms it's still working on the update, with no release date available yet - although Three and O2 users are able to download the update already.

Update: April 17 - Samsung has finally got round to releasing the Ice Cream Sandwich update to unlocked/SIM-free Galaxy S2 handsets.


Three has told TechRadar that it is working on releasing the Samsung Galaxy S2 Ice Cream Sandwich update as soon as possible.

A spokesperson for Three said: "We are testing Ice Cream Sandwich on the Galaxy S2 and the update is on track", but the network was unable to provide us with a roll-out date.

Update: March 20 - Three confirmed to TechRadar that is has released the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy S2, beating all the other UK networks. If you're on Three, let us know if you've got it yet.

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Vodafone has also confirmed that it's received the update from Samsung, and told TechRadar it is hopeful of rolling out the Ice Cream Sandwich update in double quick time:

"The Android 4.0 upgrade for Galaxy S2 smartphones running on the Vodafone UK network is currently under test to make sure that we provide the highest level of final software. As soon as the tests are completed we will upload the software to the update servers as quickly as possible.

Update: April 12 - Vodafone has confirmed that the Ice Cream Sandwich update will arrive on April 13 via Kies, and over-the-air on April 17.