The wait seems to be finally getting over for all Samsung Galaxy S II owners, as very soon, well, next week in fact, you’ll be receiving the coveted Android 4.0 or Ice Cream Sandwich update. Samsung will probably be rolling this update out in phases and so in case you don’t get a prompt a few days after March 15, don’t worry as you can always update it manually via Odin, once the official ROMs are out. If you don’t want to go through that hassle, then I guess you just have to wait it out.
Just a week away
The news comes from a Samsung importer in Israel, called Sunny Communications. They revealed this little piece of information on their Facebook page that the update will be releasing on March 15. Since the post is in Hebrew, here’s the quote from their Facebook page, “We promised that we're working on it. You waited patiently. On 15 March it comes: the Android version 4, ICS, tens of thousands of the devices purchased GALAXY SII cellular companies in the country or directly from us. We here are very excited for the launch, hope you ”
While we don’t know much about the final ROM, since Samsung refused to demo any ICS products at MWC, we’ll just have to wait and watch. But if it is anything like the leaked ROM we saw towards the end of last year, then visually at least, you won’t be able to tell any difference. ICS will be heavily skinned with TouchWiz barely leaving any traces of the new Operating System. While some may not find a problem with this, many of us are not too happy, since ICS, by itself has a beautiful interface, so there’s isn’t any need for heavy skinning like it was on Gingerbread and Froyo.
Almost every other company will be either bringing out a new skin or leaving well enough alone. Take HTC for example, the Sense 4.0 isn’t too graphically rich, as compared to their current versions, while many like ZTE and Acer haven’t really bothered much with skinning the phone, at all. Samsung are sticking with TouchWiz and unfortunately, it’s going to be the same look like the existing one.
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