March 9, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
And the waiting continues! Playing out a “Will they, won’t they?” game rivaled only by the young Crawley’s in Downton Abbey, Samsung has once again shot down reports of when the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade will arrive for the Galaxy S II. Though the Samsung Phillipines Facebook page stated that the upgrade would begin March 10, the official Samsung Tomorrow account dashed the hopes of the millions of users waiting for ICS.
Samsung tweeted in Korean that the Filipino website was incorrect saying the upgrade would begin this weekend – no date has been confirmed. Samsung is still mum about any release window for the upgrade process to start, but promises to update users on Twitter once plans are finalized.
While I’m sure users are disappointed to learn the non-U.S. GSM variants won’t be updated tomorrow, it has to be close. Samsung Israel made a similar Facebook post a few days ago saying that the update would take place this week, but it was promptly taken down. Perhaps there was internal talk about an update being ready and the social media folks spread the word before everything was confirmed. We can only hope that this is an issue of being early by a few days and not a few weeks.
As for owners of the Samsung Galaxy S II’s American variants – AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint – the wait will likely be longer. The new update must pass carrier testing before it can be pushed to users, so those of you with an Epic 4G or Galaxy S II on AT&T/T-Mobile are likely to have an extra few weeks of sitting on the sideline.