Strange things have happened. Usually unlocked smartphones get software updates first and are followed by carrier-specific versions weeks, sometimes even months later. With Samsung Galaxy S II, it’s completely different, with carrier-branded devices getting their servings of Ice Cream Sandwich before SIM-free ones.
In the UK, users on Three, O2 and Vodafone already got the latest version of Android, while folks who paid a small fortune for an unlocked device are still waiting. The Korean giant acknowledged this and has started pushing the new software to SIM free devices. Here’s what they said:
Samsung UK has been working as hard as possible over the last few weeks to get Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) rolled out to all our Galaxy S II customers. We can confirm that ‘XEU/sim-free’ and all network upgrades are now complete except for Orange and T-Mobile which will follow as soon as possible, pending software testing and approvals. Thanks again for your patience.
Orange and T-Mobile are also mentioned, which is cool, though no dates were given.
As you probably know, these updates are usually pushed in stages, so even if you don’t see it yet, don’t worry – you’ll get it in the next few days…