Google’s Android 4.0 OS has been out for a few months and has yet to roll out to a large number of devices. It seems to be very slow in getting out to all of the existing phones on the market which are more than able to handle the needs for Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS). Now. a Tweet from Eldar Murtazin is saying that ICS will begin to roll out on March 1st to the Samsung Galaxy S II in an Over The Air (OTA) update and will depend on the carrier and/or country as to whether they will start on that date or shortly after that. If this one is correct, then Galaxy S2 owners will be getting the latest and best OS from Google on their smart phones. Some are saying that Eldar Murtazin is a fairly reliable source for information so the odds are we will be seeing Android 4.0 showing up starting March 1st.
It does seem that Samsung is taking much longer than expected to provide an official version of Android 4.0 to their devices and if the March 1st date is accurate, we can say that it is about time. The pent up demand to get this latest OS has been building and should have already been mainstream by now and selling on new devices, but that is not the case. At the end of the quarter, we now think this situation will turn around and smart phones will begin to arrive with Ice Cream Sandwich already installed on them.
We can expect to see Ice Cream Sandwich being provided to the Samsung Galaxy Note as well either beginning on March 1st or shortly after that. It would seem that providing Android 4.0 to the Galaxy Note is far more important than for the Galaxy S II. The Galaxy Note is Samsung’s attempt to introduce a brand new device to the market which we think is reminiscent of the Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) from the days of Palm. ICS would add to the value of this device which is to be released on February 19th and is currently in pre-order sales.
Here is a video showing a leaked official Ice Cream Sandwich running on the Samsung Galaxy S2 and is worth looking at. You have to get beyond the lead in advertising from Microsoft.