The wait for ICS to come to the Galaxy S2 looks like it is almost over.
Getting an update to the Galaxy S II for Android 4.0.4 seems to be taking forever. Ice Cream Sandwich has been out on the Galaxy Nexus for over 5 months and yet here in the US, getting the ICS update seems to be a dream for the future for Galaxy S2 owners. It is hard to understand why things are taking so long for the OS update to arrive. But the wait may be getting closer to being over. At least for T-Mobile USA customers because of the above Tweet saying that it is coming on June 11. That is very good news for T-Mobile customers who have a Galaxy S2. Where that leaves everyone else is an unknown at the moment.
Based on the Tweet, you will have to use Samsung’s Kies service to receive it. That is their service which requires your to have a Windows PC or a Mac OS X in order to download it and then install it on your Galaxy S2. We can hope that future updates from Samsung will do away with Kies and be OTA (Over the air) updates for the OS upgrades. We do not have an exact size of the file to be downloaded, but you can expect to see it be over 200 MB as it contains a complete package of updates. We talked about ICS coming to T-Mobile several weeks back expecting it to have been completed by the end of the month and here we are still waiting.
Where this leaves AT&T and Sprint is an unknown and we have not heard anything at the moment. We have to assume that it would only be within a few weeks after the June 11th date for Galaxy S2 owners with those carriers to be seeing ICS for their phones.
When you realize that the Galaxy S3 is coming to the US on June 20th, it gives many the incentive to upgrade if they are able to. Why it has taken so long is something of a question which is not being answered with enough satisfaction for owners of the US Galaxy S2. The whole idea of Android Fragmentation is causing problems with the very slow roll out of Ice Cream Sandwich. And based on the Galaxy S2, it does not seem to be getting much better.