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Update: And ... it looks like the announcement has been taken down. Let's just keep our fingers crossed.

It looks like the Galaxy S II's Ice Cream Sandwich update may be imminent. Samsung has just announced on its official Philippines site that the long-awaited update will finally land this Saturday, Mar. 10. Today's news follows a Facebook post from Samsung Israel last week, which suggested a Mar. 15 launch in that country.

In the past day or so we've seen HTC update a couple of its leading 2011 devices to the latest version of Android -- ICS for the Sensation and Sensation XE is slowly trickling out, starting with users in Germany and Nordic countries.

So it's definitely ICS update season, and we look forward to seeing the new OS work its way onto more devices in the weeks ahead. The (international) Samsung Galaxy Note and Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc series are due to be updated before the end of the month.

Source: Samsung Philippines; via: Engadget

There are 27 comments

Awesome, yet another phone to get ICS before the Nexus S and 4G. The Nexus brand is a complete joke.

Premium1 says:

And google can't even fix the issues with their nexus phones and get it out before this. The nexus line is going to shit just like non-nexus phones when it comes to updates.

gregmcph says:

Is the Samsung ICS going to be a mildly tweaked look and feel version of the Nexus ICS, or it is going to be a completely reconfigured home screen like HTC Sense?

tommydaniel says:

It's gonna look like Touchwiz

shahid99 says:

All the line of the galaxy s 2 or just unlocked international version ??

Engadget says it's the international GT-I9100.

socialmuse says:

This is why everybody needs to stop buying phones because of the Android version on it. Seriously who cares about ICS? What does it have that my current 2.3.5 doesnt have? When/If my phone gets ICS i will still run GoLauncher, beautiful widgets, scrolling RSS, and other apps on my phone making ICS unnoticable. Please stop whining over your phone not having ICS. Just be happy it is coming eventually. Til then go play one of your little phone games.

mitchger says:

What does it have that 2.3 doesn't? You might want to have a play with one and find out for yourself. Anyone who appreciates android would find it very hard to go back to 2.3 from 4. Personally I hate the hardware side of my galaxy nexus but there's no way I'm getting rid of it until I find something sexier running ics

SebastianNap says:

Ice Cream Sandwich has Google Chrome.

84guy says:

what does ice cream sandwich have that gingerbread doesnt have. ICE CREAM for one. and Chocolate cookie outside. i mean come on. everyone would rather have an ice cream sandwich over a gingerbread cookie

Pl4ub says:

Ditto! Off to play Sprinkle->

Barton82 says:

And what's with that needing Kies stuff? I will not be able do the OTA like I did with many updates between 2.3.3 and 2.3.5?

jflexe99 says:

Where is a Galaxy Note ICS announcement? I was ICS SOOON!!!!

jflexe99 says:

Where is a Galaxy Note ICS announcement? I was ICS SOOON!!!!

patfactorx says:

Not coming to the US. Confirmed

Confirmed by?

tommydaniel says:

In his delusional head.

So when is it comming to puerto rico?

oh and by the way. Why dont you guys here at android central post news about latin and puerto rican carriers like "Claro"?

deedemarco says:

Time spent complaining could be spent learning to put ICS on your device pre-update...

mighty_mike5 says:

androidcentral why is there a website with motorola photon 4g on the screen of samsung SII ? Irony intended?

In other news, samsung pulled down the article from the news and alerts page. Was it a prank?

RUSH says:

I have faith in HTC, that they won't let us down. Lookin forward to seeing ICS on my EVO 3d sometime before the end of the Summer.

Cubfan says:

A Samsung US update ahead of most other phones? Not holding my breath.

dwd3885 says:

I had an S2 then got the Nexus when it came out for ICS. BUT I'm going back to the S2. Can run CM9 on it now and it looks like it will be even better now that there is official 4.0 on it. I wasn't a fan of Galaxy Nexus hardware (the camera is awful compared to the S2).

jazbojenkins says:

Would I be able to update (if/when this comes) ota if I am rooted, running stock rom?

cporier91 says:

I'm running ICS on my HTC vivid, runs like a charm. But in the grand scheme of things, with a heavy over lay like sense or touchwiz there are only hints of ICS on the phone. Android is android, but you still get the latest updates to apps such as Gmail and Chrome.

fldude99 says:

I 2nd the comment further up that ICS is not all that. I will definitely not upgrade to it on my S2. After updating my Transformer to ICS it's been a mess. If your S2 is fine on 2.3 I'd leave well enough alone.

gersonrod says:

Samsung its not gonna update this phone until late this year, they did the same thing to the infuse, when the 3.5 come out, they gonna push the new galaxy s3 first.That s why I sold my Galaxy S2 and got a HTC Vivid, it already has the ICS from OTA update. After a infuse and 2 Galaxy I have to say that Samsung sucks, excellent hardware but lack of respect to the customer shows by its policy of no updates.