Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich hitting the Samsung Galaxy S II on March 1st?

Put on your rumor hats, folks, as we have a nice one for you today. Eldar Murtazin has once again tweeted the deets about Samsung’s plans and this time it’s concerning the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy S II.

According to Murtazin’s tweet, Galaxy S II users can expect to see the rollout of Ice Cream Sandwich on March 1st through Samsung Kies. This would definitely be quite a treat for users but we’re going to assume that if the update is available on March 1st, it will likely be limited to the international GSM version only. It looks like Samsung has learned its lesson from previous mistakes when it comes to updating its handsets in a timely fashion but we would seriously be floored if the update was available to US Galaxy S II owners on March 1st as well.

Expect all of that Ice Cream Sandwich look and feel to be mostly concealed by Samsung custom user interface, TouchWiz. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing if you like the custom UI, which isn’t the worst we’ve ever seen but you’ll be a bit disappointed if you’re expecting Android 4.0 to shine through a lot. We do know that Google is attempting to make certain elements of the operating system consistent from device to device, but this is limited to certain applications and menus for the time being.

If we can’t get the Galaxy S III during Mobile World Congress, then maybe Android 4.0 for the Galaxy S II will hold some over until the time comes. Either way, we’re just glad to see Ice Cream Sandwich going to a handset that’s not a part of the Nexus line officially.

We’ll be in Barcelona during March 1st, so there may be a chance that we get to see some Ice Cream Sandwiched Galaxy S II devices floating around in that time. Stay tuned!

[Via: TechCrunch, Twitter]

  • Android Ice Cream Sandwich has a vibrant and a more sophisticated and more visible (with the resizing feature for widgets) UI. With gestures coming into picture and enhancements to the new magazine style interface, swipe navigation, virtual button, high native resolution the user will just be happy and a speedy swiping navigator.

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