O2 rolls out ICS Android update to Galaxy S II users

O2 rolls out ICS Android update to Galaxy S II users

Summary: O2 has made an Android 'Ice Cream Sandwich' 4 upgrade available to customers who own Samsung Galaxy S II smartphones.Samsung has already rolled the update out to people with unlocked Galaxy S II phones, but those tied to operators have had to wait longer, while those carriers modify the software with their own branding and services.

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O2 has made an Android 'Ice Cream Sandwich' 4 upgrade available to customers who own Samsung Galaxy S II smartphones.

Samsung has already rolled the update out to people with unlocked Galaxy S II phones, but those tied to operators have had to wait longer, while those carriers modify the software with their own branding and services.

O2 rolls out ICS Android update to Galaxy S II users

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is rolling out to Samsung Galaxy S II handsets on O2. Image credit: CNET UK

O2 told ZDNet UK on Tuesday morning that it is now pushing the upgrade through the Kies updating system, making it the second of the UK operators to do so. Three released their version last week.

The upgrading of the Galaxy S II is significant because it is Samsung's flagship Android phone and highly popular.

Despite having been released last year, ICS still accounts for a very low proportion of the versions of Android that are in use. According to Google's own statistics, less than two percent of Android users have this latest iteration.

The less widely-used ICS is, the less impetus there is for developers to optimise their Android apps for it. At the same time, some recent apps, such as Google's own Chrome browser for Android, will only work on ICS.

This fragmentation of the Android platform could be resolved if manufacturers and operators speed up their rollout of the latest versions of Android. By way of contrast, Apple users reportedly get their iPhones and iPads upgraded to the latest versions of iOS much more quickly, making that platform an easier prospect for developers.

Topic: Telcos

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  • Can you stop saying that SIM free owners have already received the update? Not a single UK SIM free customer has the update yet, and now both Three and O2 locked phones have the update before SIM free. I don't think this has ever happened before, but either way, if you look around you'll see a LOT of SIM-free customers complaining that we don't have the update yet.
    ProblematicLlama
  • Could you imagine all the millions of SGS2s were to update via the Kies server all at the same time; we'd be waiting 'till Christmas for it to download! Staggering the update is the only way to avoid such problems. We will all receive the update within the next few weeks - so either put up or do what I did and head on over to sammobile and get the next best thing and download the O2 or Three rom and flash it via odin.
    - Davielo
    davielo
  • Yay, I finally updated mine to 4.0.3 / it works well, but you can have some connection problems with kies due to the new update, instantly interfiereing with it... so You could wait a long time for the phone to connect to kies... but never the less - its similar to Gingerbread, but alot more features. Touchwiz is basically the same with a few changes, some noticeable and some not! - just wait like I did and its will be arriving on Kies soon
    AnDroidS2
  • For those who are Catalan language users, new Samsung android 4.0 is a nightmare due to Madrid Samsung guys decided to recommend Samsung to EXCLUDE Catalan language on ICS 4, that was previously installed on older A. versions.
    We, catalans, are more than 10 million EU citizens but can not have our own language in mobile phones. Spain is trying to hide catalan language for years but we are still alive, take a look on our 369.375 articles on wikipedia (ca.wikipedia.org).
    If you don't know who are catalan people, I will explain:
    Catalans are the UE citizens that live in Catalonia, Europe region partially in south-east of France and the Nord-East of Spain, and our capital is Barcelona, the same Barcelona of the mobile world congress !
    Alex (rocral)
    Barcelona
    Catalonia
    rocral
  • Would this be the region that just happens to have the best football team in the world and also have the best player in the world playing for them ?
    douglaslad
  • My update came 29th March took about 7 mins over broadband via Kies great job
    BRS
  • Hi douglaslad, you are right, and also have Gaudi, Miró, and Pau Casals.
    We are trying to not be anymore a "region" and to be a free country, despite of spain doesn't like.
    We are tired of paying a lot of taxes to Madrid that only returns us 43% (2011).
    Sorry for the off-topic.
    Alex
    Barcelona.
    rocral
  • Hi,

    I have updated my Samsung Galaxy S2 to Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich (O2 UK) recently and made a review.

    Feel free to check my Blog article about the update @ http://www.help4yourpc.co.uk/samsung-galaxy-s2-to-android-4-0-3-ice-cream-sandwich-review/

    The new OS is well different from the 2.3 one and I quite like it though I was expecting more.
    Cheers
    anonymous