Samsung has previously confirmed that all Galaxy SII smartphones would be receiving the update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but so far the road to fulfilling that promise has been long and fraught with problems and disappointments. Despite it all, however, Samsung is still pressing foreword, and has today released the first Ice Cream Sandwich update for Galaxy SII devices in the US.
Unfortunately, the update only applies to unlocked Galaxy SII devices without carrier branding, which will have the i9100 model number, which severely reduces the number of devices that will actually get the update. Those who do have the smartphone need only to go to the software update section in the settings menu and choose "Check for updates."
Once the download and installation is completed, users will be greeted with same heavily TouchWiz'd Ice Cream Sandwich found on other Samusng devices. The heavily TouchWiz'd UI will look nearly the same as Gingerbread, but the update will bring along performance increases and other Ice Cream Sandwich features like face unlock as well.
As the update for unlocked devices in other countries has been out for a while now, it is a little odd that it took so long to get it on the same hardware in the US, especially without carrier intervention. Still, it is good that it has finally arrived, especially because it means that updates for carrier branded devices should be coming soon as well.[Engadget]