Galaxy SII and Note ICS update rumoured for March 1
HTC devices also set to get new version of Android starting from next month
Published: 10 February, 2012
It's looking like Samsung Galaxy SII and Galaxy Note owners will want to mark March 1 on their calendars as it's rumoured to be the day Samsung starts rolling out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for its handsets. Although not confirmed by the company the news comes from smartphone news leaker extraordinaire Eldar Murtazin. He claims that the company is in the final stages of adding the finishing touches to its version of ICS and the accompanying TouchWiz UI. The handsets are going to be updatable over the air or through Samsung's Kies software.
Murtazin broke the news through his twitter account though even if it's accurate won't mean everyone will get the update at the same time with carriers having the final say on when it's deployed. Whenever the update arrives to individual owners it looks certain that those with the flagship devices are set to enjoy the benefits of Android 4.0 before other branded handset owners as Samsung was one of the first to get to tinker with the OS for the Galaxy Nexus.
More officially but not promised so soon HTC has lifted the lid on which of its handsets are going to be the first to get ICS. Previously the phone-maker had admitted to working on the update but only indicated a small number of handsets it would reach. Now it has been said that deployment of the latest version of Android will start at the end of March and has offered a longer list of smartphones that are going to get it.
The Sensation, Sensation 4G and Sensation XE have been named as the first recipients at the end of next month. Following on from that, in an unspecified time frame, ICS will be released for the Sensation XL, Rezound, Vivid, Amaze 4G, Evo 3D, Design 4G, Incredible S, Desire S and Desire HD.
There's concrete evidence of HTC's plans as the announcement came via Facebook in a post adorned with a picture of an Ice Cream Sandwich and a promise of more information in the coming weeks.