Samsung confirms Ice Cream Sandwich for Galaxy S II, other devices

By JR Raphael (@jr_raphael)

As Android 4.0 slowly makes its way into the world, Samsung has committed to giving eight of its devices some Ice Cream Sandwich love.

Samsung Ice Cream Sandwich Galaxy S II

The Samsung Galaxy S II, Galaxy S II LTE, Galaxy Note, Galaxy R, Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy Tab 8.9, Galaxy 7.7, and Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus will all receive the Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade, Samsung confirmed in a press release this morning. The upgrades will begin in the first quarter of 2012, Sammy says, starting with the Galaxy S II phones and the Galaxy Note; the other devices' upgrades will follow sometime thereafter.

As for the specifics by country and carrier, Samsung says to stay tuned for details; separate announcements will be made for each device "according to market situation and carriers' requirements."

Samsung made no mention of any of its other Android devices, including the original Galaxy S phone. The company did not explicitly say those devices would not receive Ice Cream Sandwich, but that seemed to be the implication; the release referred to the aforementioned phones and tablets as "the ICS-upgradeable devices" and gave no indication of any plans to expand the lineup.

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For much more about Ice Cream Sandwich and how the upgrade will change your device, check out my full Android Ice Cream Sandwich FAQ and my in-depth ICS review. And remember, you can find the latest ICS upgrade status for any Android phone or tablet in my Android 4.0 upgrade list. It's always kept up to date with the most current info available for all devices.

JR Raphael writes about smartphones and other tasty technology. You can find him on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+.

Article copyright 2011 JR Raphael. All rights reserved.

Copyright © 2011 IDG Communications, Inc.

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