The best-selling Samsung Galaxy S II was among the first phones confirmed to be getting an upgrade to Android Ice Cream Sandwich, and despite Samsung then going on to say it would be arriving in the first quarter of 2012, owners are still using Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
We’re now at the beginning of the first full week of March, giving Samsung just a few weeks to remain true to its word. But if a Facebook post from Samsung Israel is representative of other countries plans, then Samsung is about to make many millions of people very happy indeed.
The message, posted in Hebrew obviously, translates (roughly) like this:
“We promised that we’re working on it. You waited patiently. On 15 March it comes: Android version 4, ICS, to tens of thousands of GALAXY SII in the country or directly from us. We here are very excited for the launch, hope you :)”
Thanks to Google translation’s best efforts, you can’t miss the fact that in Israel, Galaxy S II phones will be getting the Ice Cream Sandwich update on 15 March. There’s no particular reason why Israel should pre-date other countries or networks – aside from America, that is – so it’s reasonable to assume we should be seeing Android 4.0 on our Galaxy S II phones around the same time.
The last rumour on when the update would go public came early last month, when Eldar Murtazin of Mobile-review said it would arrive on 1 March, however this has now proved to be more hopeful than accurate. But there’s still time for Samsung to meet its self-imposed deadline, and launch ICS for the S II before the end of March.