Reports of delays in the Android 4.0 roll out in the UK
While we expected to see the Android 4.0 upgrades rolling out around the world, there are growing reports that this is not going according to plan. Previous announcements had it coming right around March 19th and there was a lot of excitement, even though that is about 3 months after it was officially released on the Galaxy Nexus. It is starting to look like that may not be happening to all locations with word coming from the UK of delays. The extent of those delays is not being revealed which is being reported by CNet News UK. While you can get an unofficial version of Ice Cream Sandwich, the continuing delays for the official version are not good.
It was just yesterday that I talked about the slow roll out of Ice Cream Sandwich and today we have reports that it is being delayed for the Galaxy S2. This is not the kind of news which Samsung needs to be putting out. With the delays to rolling it out for the Galaxy Note 5.3, you add this to the picture and it is really starting to look like there are problems getting ICS to run on Galaxy mobile devices. Exactly what that problem might be is a big mystery right now. Samsung is not providing any details as to what is going on. We do not know how widespread the problem is, but we can assume that it is worldwide.
Previous rumors of the Galaxy S3 coming with a dual boot may be more accurate then first thought. This one had the new phone booting into Samsungs TouchWiz on top of ICS or booting into the pure ICS. It has been over 3 months since the Galaxy Nexus arrived at Verizon here in the US and was much earlier in the UK. With that, there has been a longer wait for the expected ICS upgraded to the Galaxy S2 which has been promised by Samsung.
Current rumors are that the upgrade will be arriving in April, which is next week. Some rumors are that it will start to roll out on April 24th, but given the ongoing delays for this from Samsung, even that date does not look realistic. It has been the silence from Samsung over providing upgrades for their devices to ICS which is of concern. They have been working with it for months trying to layer on their TouchWiz interface so that everything works correctly. It would appear that the continuing statements about it coming to wireless carriers are now looking to constitute nothing more than rumors. Other mobile device manufacturers are rolling out ICS to their devices.
Where is the ICS upgrade from Samsung?