Galaxy S II to hit Android 4.0 March 1

Posted by Mike Luttrell

It's being reported that Samsung's Galaxy S II might well be the next major handset to go to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Industry analyst Eldar Murtazin predicts the upgrade will happen and should be rolled out around the world as the next month gets underway.

When it comes to Ice Cream Sandwich, things have become a little muddled. Despite many manufacturers coming forward and announcing bold plans for the upgrade, few have actually come through so far.

And those few that have experienced problems. The Nexus S phone, which Google itself had a hand in designing, experienced technical glitches with forced the update process to be stopped.

Then there was Asus's Transformer Prime tablet, which started doling out ICS upgrades only to be met with a backlash from customers who experienced system freezes and crashes.

Other manufacturers have said they want to bring the newest version of the OS to as many devices as possible, but none has set concrete timetables. For the most part, the rollout plans include the phrase "first quarter" or "first half" of 2012.

Among those manufacturers are Samsung, HTC, Motorola, and Sony/Sony Ericsson. Ice Cream Sandwich is a major upgrade and aims to take Android to the next level, both from a user experience standpoint and from a fragmentation standpoint. Google hopes ICS will be a refresh button for Android, with stricter hardware guidelines that prevent the cluster of Android fragments that have appeared so far.