Galaxy S Blaze getting Ice Cream Sandwich

Posted by Mike Luttrell

It's the dog days of summer, so a cool Ice Cream Sandwich sounds good right about now, especially for Galaxy S Blaze users.

Puns aside, the T-Mobile-powered Samsung handset is the latest device getting tapped for an upgrade to the latest version of Android, version 4.0.

Ice Cream Sandwich is one of the biggest updates to Android yet, and includes such features as scanning your face to unlock the phone, a much more robust speech-to-text software program, and an entire platform of data sharing that focuses on Near Field Communication (NFC).

Several other manufacturers have pledged support for the new update, and a bunch of phones currently running an older version of Android.

Ice Cream Sandwich is now powering a decent amount of active Android devices, despite having a slow initial rollout in the early part of the year.

Google sees Android 4.0 as a big reset button on the mobile platform, since it has much stricter hardware guidelines that it hopes will help prevent fragmentation in the future. This is a goal we've heard in previous rollouts of Android, so we'll see if it actually is realized this time.

No specific date was announced for the Galaxy S Blaze update.