Ever since the first ICS device has been released in the market, Samsung Galaxy S 2 users have been itching to get their devices upgraded to the new OS. In the past, it was rumored that the SGS2 may not get the latest OS because of its TouchWiz UI. Just when all hope was depleting, Samsung Philippines recently announced that ICS will be available for SGS2 devices.
It was mentioned that an FOTA update (approx. 350Mb) and through the latest version of Samsung KIES (approx.60Mb) is going to be available starting yesterday, March 10, 2012. But this information was immediately disproved by the South Korean company stating that the official release date is still not settled, thus invalidating the earlier stated release date. Nevertheless, we will check if an update is indeed available for this unit and weâ€™ll inform you about this.
If this is true, then GSII users will certainly appreciate these cool new features:
â€¢ Face Unlock
â€¢ Android Beam
â€¢ Mobile Network Data Usage
â€¢ Improved Multi-tasking
Update: Turns out the scheduled update was postponed due to additional testing that needed to be made on the device. Samsung Philippines has made the clarification on their Facebook Page.
SAMSUNG Philippines: I regret to inform you that due to the extended period we need for testing the ICS upgrade for Galaxy S II, we will be moving the release date. This is to ensure that no problems will be encountered on the phone after the upgrade. I am so sorry about the inconvenience but rest assured that we will keep you all posted on the confirmed release date.
This was after Samsung Philippines made an earlier announcement (dated March 8, 2012) that ICS will be available on SGS2. The Samsung HQ backtracked on this statement:
Samsung’s official Twitter account has gone back on the words written on its official website. Samsung says that the March 10th date was a mistake posted by its Philippine website and that the actual upgrade date has not yet been established. Once again, Samsung asks us to wait for an update via its Twitter feed.
We know a lot of SGS2 owners are disappointed or frustrated but this development can only end one way — we’re going to see ICS on Galaxy S2 very soon.
In any case, you might want to bookmark the update instruction here.
Editor’s Note: Original story by Ron Bulaong with updates and additional reporting by Yuga.