Surprise! Samsung's Galaxy S will get a tiny taste of Ice Cream Sandwich

By JR Raphael (@jr_raphael)

As you've probably heard, Samsung's Galaxy S II phones are finally starting to receive their upgrade to Android 4.0, a.k.a. Ice Cream Sandwich. (Don't get too excited: The upgrade is hitting only international versions of the device right now; there's still no telling when it'll become available for the various U.S. models.)

Samsung Galaxy S Ice Cream Sandwich

Buried within the Galaxy S II Ice Cream Sandwich announcement, though, is one interesting and widely overlooked tidbit of info: Samsung will also deliver a tiny taste of Ice Cream Sandwich to its original Galaxy S devices. 

Now, this is by no means a full Android 4.0 upgrade; Samsung, to countless Galaxy S owners' dismay, confirmed that was out of the question long ago. But as had previously been rumored, Samsung will provide a 2.3-based firmware upgrade to the phone that'll give it some ICS-like features.

The upgrade, according to Samsung, will bring a handful of fresh functions to the device -- and it isn't just for the original Galaxy S phone, either: The original Galaxy Tab 7, Galaxy S Plus, Galaxy S SCL, and Galaxy W will also be included.

So what can you expect? Samsung isn't saying a heck of a lot in the way of specifics yet, but the company has confirmed that the upgrade will include ICS's highly covered face unlock feature along with something Samsung calls "Snapshot" -- the redesigned ICS Camera app, maybe? -- and a new integrated photo editor a la Ice Cream Sandwich. 

UPDATE: Samsung reveals Galaxy S upgrade details 

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As far as timing, Samsung says the original Galaxy devices' upgrade will become available "from [the] end of March." As usual, that'll be subject to individual carriers' requirements, so launch dates will likely vary from one device to another.

For the latest ICS upgrade status of any other Android device, head over to my Android 4.0 upgrade list. It's always kept up to date with the most current info available for all phones and tablets.    

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

Article copyright 2012 JR Raphael. All rights reserved.

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