Phones Review

Confirmed SIM free Galaxy S2 last to get Android ICS

Under: Mobile Phones, Phone Software, Samsung
Date: April 4th, 2012

Early last month it was announced by Samsung that some regions had begun receiving the Android 4.0 update for the Galaxy S II, and at the time UK users were given a date of when they could expect to see the new software. Unfortunately it hasn’t quite worked out that way with a lot of confusion, and now it has been confirmed that SIM free owners of the Galaxy S2 will be the last to get Android ICS.

Samsung has confirmed the news to Cnet and the company said the reason behind the decision was that they were waiting for some of the carriers to finish testing the update. This was so Samsung could be sure that the new operating system would work with any network a SIM free owner uses their handset on.

Simon Stanford of Samsung said SIM free Galaxy S2 owners would get the update “once we’ve got all of the operator pieces on board“. The process that Samsung has used for rolling out Android 4.0 to the Galaxy S II means SIM free handsets can’t be updated until all the mobile carriers in the country have finished testing and approved the new software, and some networks are still testing it so these owners are left waiting and frustrated.

Owners that have paid out extra to own a SIM free Galaxy S2 would have hoped to be at the head of the upgrade queue once its released, but in the case of Android ICS these owners have been left behind customers of Three and O2 who have already released the upgrade.

Stanford did mention that Vodafone should be releasing ICS shortly and that the update will be pushed out “hard over the next coming weeks”, and added in future the company is looking to get software updates out to all users faster.

Are you disappointed in the way Samsung has rolled out Android ICS to the Galaxy S2?

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  • James Holt

    Yes very disappointed. Why provide a date in the first place. I can understand why people purchase other devices now.

    • Marcos

       This is shameful. Even though I hate Apple products, my next phone will no longer be a Samsung and iPhone is the only other option.

  • Anonymous

    Iphone here we come. Bitten twice now by Samsung: Wave S8500, promised updates and then nothing. Swapped to android and S2 and screwed again.

  • Phil

    just disappointed with Vodafone.

    Other networks have had this out weeks now, and it doesnt seem like Vodafone are anywhere near yet.

    “…will be uploaded to our servers as soon as possible” just doesnt cut it.

    Absolutely abysmal customer service – and the only reason that I’ll not be renewing with Vodafone.

    Terrible. Just terrible.

  • Turtle

    Samsung are a complete joke.  We have been already waiting about 4 months for this update.  It should have been out with the Galaxy Nexus.  Its so awful that they are pushing the Sim Free owners to the back of the line.  Lame!  

  • Peart456

    Its a free update FFS I bet that you will buy another Samsung phone they are the best and most formidable phone out and for hose of you who can’t wait for something that you didn’t think about when you first bought your done you don’t fink ohh noo I can’t buy this fond if it won’t update to the next OS you all should be shot dead I hope you all do transfer to apple and htc cause Samsung doesn’t need people like you haha

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