Samsung upgrades

Samsung has given in sneak preview into some of its devices that will receive updates to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in 2012. They are:

  • Galaxy S II
  • Galaxy S II LTE
  • Galaxy Note
  • Galaxy R
  • Galaxy Tab 10.1
  • Galaxy Tab 8.9
  • Galaxy Tab 7.7
  • Galaxy Tab 7 Plus

That's an international list, of course. For those of us in the United States, we'll probably be waiting on announcements from the individual carriers. Par for the course, but no less frustrating. Samsung says the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note will be the first to be updated, starting in the first three months of 2012.

Source: Samsung

 

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Samsung's ICS upgrade list a predictable one: Galaxy S II, Galaxy Note, Galaxy R, late-model tablets

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Hi there.. It says International Galaxy S2, Im using the i9100G does that also fall under the same international category?? will the G version also receive the ICS update??

The moral of the story again is that cheap and mid-range phones are not updated, even if they are just a few months old.

You will pay $2000 over the next 2 years for a "free" phone and you will get left behind every time.

Every manufacturer does it. In fairness, we knew a year ago that ICS would need 1GB of RAM, 1GHz CPU, and a larger screen.

Looking ahead, don't expect Jelly Bean unless you are 720p. JB is all about high def.

The Nexus update program is directed by Google not the manufacturer. There is no manufacturer's skin using memory. A Nexus is stripped as bare as it can be with no "bloat" taking up memory.

um, you do understand what RAM is right? Sure, the touchwiz launcher and Sense can take up more RAM than say the stock launcher but I think you are confusing RAM with ROM

That's why I always tell people if they're willing to pay $2000 over the life of the contract, why not spend $2200 and have a top-tier phone? From a percentage standpoint, it's a small price to pay to have a good phone that won't be left behind by the carrier and manufacturer.

Your theory is wrong, they don't have the Galaxy S II HD LTE on the list, or Galaxy W, and also the LG Optimus 2X will be getting ICS,and it only has 512 megabytes of RAM.

"Samsung has given in sneak preview into some of its devices that will receive updates to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in 2012.

Why is there so much reading comprehension fail all up in here. This is SOME of their devices getting the update. I know, we're talking about Samsung, but they stated some.

Phil added the word "some". Samsung never said that this is "some" of the devices.

"The ICS-upgradable devices are the GALAXY S II, GALAXY S II LTE, GALAXY Note, GALAXY R, GALAXY Tab 10.1, GALAXY Tab 8.9, GALAXY Tab 7.7, and GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus."

The only real surprise out of that is that the R will be updated as it is right on the edge of being too little to update.

Samsung’s announcement is listing product lines. The Epic 4G Touch is the name Sprint demanded be added to their Galaxy S II. It is still a part of the Galaxy S II line.

Hi there.. It says International Galaxy S2, Im using the i9100G does that also fall under the same international category?? will the G version also receive the ICS update??

Samsung never used the word "International". Phil did.

Samsung did not include the G or W series in the announcement and did not in any way hint that others will be updated.

I don't think it is the carriers delay when NONE of them release an update on a Samsung phone in a timely manner.

My guess based on the Froyo & Gingerbread delays....at least 6 months.

The Sprint Epic 4G took 18 months from when Gingerbread was announced to finally get it last month. As to timing, Samsung only states when updates will begin:
" The platform update for GALAXY S II and GALAXY Note will start in the first quarter 2012, and other GALAXY devices will soon follow."

I meant IF all devices get it in 1-2 quarter next year...how much more delay we will have to wait for the carriers afterward.

I fear the worst for the ICS upgrade. Touch Wiz integration is guaranteed because the phone was sold to customers with Touch Wiz .

How many mid cycle upgrades has anyone seen where the UI was transformed to this degree? I can’t think of any that didn’t have a major launch campaign and a run of media explaining what has happened and why to the general public.

ICS will only get a decent shout on a device built with ICS in mind so lower your expectations my fellow geeks.

Damn I got my hopes up when I saw an original Galaxy S in the photo haha. Oh well. Shouldn't be surprised considering my Captivate doesn't even have an official gingerbread update yet.

I wonder how heavily TW will be skinned into ICS.

I gave up on updates from Samsung for my Captivate in February 2011 after it took Samsung 5-6 months to get to 2.2. I've gone to custom roms since. My Captivate has been running 2.2.2 since Fedruary to 2.3.0 from June (Serendipity 7) and is on 2.3.7 (CM7)since October. Next will be CM9. When I can replace my phone next fall It won't be a Samsung. I'll see what's good at that time whether it's android, Windows, or some other OS. It may even be a plain ol' text capable non-smartphone! Just too tired of waiting for "updates" that just eats up my monthly data plan.

I think it's BS that they aren't upgrading the Samsung Galaxy S. This validates my decision to stick with the Nexus line. The SGS launched with Froyo in mind. In many places it didn't even sell without Froyo. It is fully capable of supporting ICS. Decisions like these make it blatantly obvious that no carrier intends to support their handsets more than a few months. Sad.

I don't think this is an all inclusive list and I think that is why Phil did some minor edits to what Samsung said on the article. It's very unlikely that these will be the ONLY devices upgraded but as they are newer and high end they will be first. I would not hold my breath on the original Galaxy S line though.