Samsung Galaxy S2 Android 4.0 'Ice Cream Sandwich' upgrade confirmed
Official upgrade due for release this weekend, company announces
Samsung has officially confirmed that it is to launch an upgrade for its Galaxy S II smartphone this weekend to update its software to Google's Android 4.0 'Ice Cream Sandwich.'
Samsung has plenty of experience with the newest and most advanced version of Android: the company was selected to create the Galaxy Nexus, Google's own-brand handset used to showcase the latest release of its mobile operating system. While Samsung had promised to bring the same technology to its older Galaxy S II handset, it had previously been reluctant to provide a timescale.
Thankfully, it has now done so: the official launch date for the Galaxy S II Android 4.0 'Ice Cream Sandwich' upgrade is the 10th March. At that time, users with the latest version of Samsung's own-brand KIES update software - available to download already - will be able to manually upgrade their handsets, while those relying on over-the-air updates will need to wait a short while for the software to reach them.
Android 4.0 'Ice Cream Sandwich' brings plenty of improvements over the Android 2.3 'Gingerbread' software originally launched with the handset: a slick new user interface makes it look more modern while cleaning up the notification system, while the camera receives improved functionality. Performance is also improved, while a new 3D scripting language - first introduced in Android 3.0 'Honeycomb,' but never before made available to smartphones - allows more advanced user interface designs for apps and games.
Although some features - most noteably Android Beam, which requires in-built Near Field Communications (NFC) hardware present on the Galaxy Nexus but missing from most Galaxy S II handsets - won't be available, the update will bring many of the advantages from the Galaxy Nexus to its older sibling.