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We've seen at least a couple of early Ice Cream Sandwich leaks for the international Samsung Galaxy S II (GT-i9100) appear, and today yet another version has leaked out online, showing signs of progress as the update inches towards release.

The latest leak comes from Sammobile, a longtime leaker of pre-release Samsung goodies. Early indications suggest that the new version, which carries the build ID XXLPB, includes new 3D scrolling effects in the launcher, along with improved battery life compared to previous Android 4.0 leaks. For what it's worth, XXLPB is still based on Android 4.0.3, the latest version of ICS we've seen officially released.

If you're have an international Galaxy S II to hand and are feeling adventurous, head on over to the source link to grab the file for yourself. Alternatively, you can check out the quick hands-on video after the jump.

Source: Sammobile


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There are 26 comments

MedioGringo says:

You sure that's ICS? Looks the same as Gingerbread to me.

Oh wait. I see it. The search bar is grey =/

jsn204 says:

touchwiz overpowering the beauty of ics :(

Looks like Sammy wont be updating Touch Wiz on Older phones..

gagesheehan says:

I own a skyrocket. Coming from the ns4 with an aosp ics rom. Very disappointed in this Samsung.

kylosma says:

I just want that Touchwiz accuweather widget on my Nexus.

craigrn16 says:

Its not bad to me

angermeans says:

Blah! Why do you continue to keep TouchWiz looking like this. You cant even tell that it is running ICS. So glad I have a phone minus a skin. I wont be buying another Sense, Blur, or especially TouchWiz device. I really want my OS to look nice and ICS finally does that. It hits every mark. It is minimal, a great font and typography, runs nice, and most of all feels complete (first time Android has ever felt this way since the OG Nexus One with Android 2.1). Why would Samsung even think for a moment that someone would rather look at that pathetic candy kid OS that is TouchWiz. I was so hoping that it would be tones down as after owning this Galaxy Nexus I was very interested in Samsung hardware and would love to have another Exynos processor and the 720p Super AMOLED is the best screen on the market. So I was really hoping that they would keep TouchWiz minimal so I could just put up with it, but this is garbage. I'm tired of it. When this Galaxy Nexus starts to feel its age I'm really hoping for another Nexii device to land on Verizon otherwise WP7/Nokia have really caught my eye as I am sucker for a nice looking OS and Metro is just that plus NO SKIN

Taz89 says:

right if tw was that bad then dont think 12+ million would have been sold so easily...clearly samsung are doing something right with sw..only people complaining are people who actually read these sites etc,majority of people could care less as long there phone functions.also if you brought an s2 expecting updates to be stock then that person needs to have there head checked...lol not having a rant at you specifically just at people who complain at the obvious.

talhamid says:

Agreed - they did something right that;s why I was one of the 12 Million who bought GS2. But you know what? TW worked because Gingerbread is ugly. Plus TW brought a lot of enhancements to the default apps. Make no mistake, no one likes the iOS-aping styling. People (including me) just PUT UP with it, options being what they were. Also, GS2 was and is perhaps the best piece of mobile hardware overall, has unbeatable speed and good battery life, besides being thin and having an excellent camera. I would say that hardware was the major driving force behind the success of the GS2.

ICS changes all that. It's launcher is more capable than not only the OEM skins, but also third party apps like ADW and LP (though I think GoLauncher still edges it in terms of features). See all the custom ROMs that have come for GS2 - not one of them dare makes a change to the interface other than minor tweaks.

I think from this point on Google should ensure that all OEMs give users an option to use OEM skins or vanilla Android on all sets. It's that simple and everybody wins.

Taz89 says:

right if tw was that bad then dont think 12+ million would have been sold so easily...clearly samsung are doing something right with sw..only people complaining are people who actually read these sites etc,majority of people could care less as long there phone functions.also if you brought an s2 expecting updates to be stock then that person needs to have there head checked...lol not having a rant at you specifically just at people who complain at the obvious.

Shawheim says:

looks like a custom build to me. the settings button isnt skinned like ICS like in the other build video. looks pretty shitty to me. thats why im rooted and can run any rom i want. no TW!

sea1206 says:

would this work with sprints galaxy s2 bi chance

Alex Dobie says:

Nope. This is for the international GSM version.

gomezl7 says:

love me some ice cream...Delicious..............

kyle2crazy says:

I love my Galaxy S II and Samsung, but this really looks disappointing. You can't even really see the improvements on Ice Cream Sandwich. Please let this not be the final release.

Shadowriver says:

Don't panic guys, that might be far from final build

rocket321 says:

On many sammy phones they include the stock android launcher along side touchwiz. Can anyone with a gs2 install this, clear defaults on twlauncher and then hit home and see if the stock launcher is offered?

I don't see why it wouldn't be there...its one of many reasons to like samsung, they actually give you a choice unlike moto, htc, etc.

gagesheehan says:

I have the Sgs2 skyrocket. I went to applications, then Twlauncher and can't clear defaults. So no, I can't do that.

rocket321 says:

Bummer, this method worked on eclair, froyo, and gingerbread on the Epic. However after one of the updates they modified the browser button to be sprint id, otherwise it was stock android launcher.

adzrules says:

It's a shame that Samsung use their crappy android overlay. Amazing specs of products - hideous after they have made them though. I don't care about the processor, screen, camera etc. The S II is FUGLY! And add to that the disgusting (yeh, I mean really disgusting) 'Touchwiz' thing that they put over the top = a terrible phone. Yeah, you can change the software on it, but you really cans change the fact that it is one of the squarest (rectangular) phones out there and feels terrible in the hand!

Mooem says:

Well, the good thing is if you wanted the stock launcher or even the awesome Nova launcher, then you probably could.

Yay Android!

Whine, whine, whine...

If you don't like TW just put whatever you want on instead. Problem solved. Comments closed.

h0ruza#AC says:

The above comes as no surprise to me.

Let say you don't read tech blogs (weird I know but stay with me), you simply use your phone as a phone and you haven't a clue what the difference is between Gingerbread and ICS.

Ok then now that you have an everyday consumers head on, what would you do if one day you said yes to an update and the phone you bought now works differently to the phone you bought?

It would feel like this happened without warning and the worlds gone mad.

CM9 will give you what you want out of ICS and the GSIII will bring bigger changes to the look of the UI but this is a mid lifespan update so I wasn't expecting anything beyond things under the hood as they say.

patrixl says:

Someone gets it!

when will the ICS fix my battery draining that it caused when i updated