Epic 4G Touch owner’s frustration rising due to lack of Android 4.0
It seems that the very long awaited ICS update for the Galaxy S2 at Sprint is starting to create frustrations for owners of the Epic 4G Touch. This is especially true after it was announced by T-Mobile USA that the ICS update would start to be available on June 11th, two weeks in the future. The big question now is where does that leave Sprint’s Galaxy S2 owners who have been told Android 4.0 is coming, but have no other information as to when they can reasonably expect it to arrive. While the roll out to other Galaxy S2 owners around the world has been moving along, it is not moving at all for Sprint owners of the Epic 4G Touch. Why is that?
One would expect to know more about the timing of the roll out, especially in light of the Tweet by T-Mobile this week announcing the exact date of its arrival. There are numerous web sites talking about the offical upgrade list and the Sprint Galaxy S2 is on that list and has been for a very long time. Sprint’s online Sprint Community is getting a lot of questions about when the update might be coming and reading through them shows a growing level of frustration. Even some of the information from Sprint people is sometimes confusing at best.
At the moment, we can conclude that Sprint does have ICS code in house and has probably made all the necessary changes to it for their flavor of the OS. It would appear they are in a testing mode to make sure they do not introduce any bugs or problems before making any statements about when it might arrive. That does sound like a good thing, but does nothing to quell the frustration of Epic 4G Touch owners.
You would think that since Sprint was the first US wireless carrier to sell the Galaxy S2, they would also be the first to release the Android 4.0 update to their customers. Obviously that does not look like it is going to be happening. All of these continuing delays for the arrival of ICS factor into the bigger Android fragmentation problem which is occurring.
We can all hope that Sprint makes an announcement this next week to put all of this to an end. That is probably not that likely. What do you think?