When Samsung first came out with its plans in getting the handsets in its stable get upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the Korean smartphone and tablet manufacturer confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy S II along with the Samsung Galaxy Note will get first dibs on the latest iteration of the Google mobile operating system. Samsung was able to follow through on its promised Q1 ICS rollout for the Galaxy S II when it finally unleashed the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the handset back in February.
Of course, it is very different in the case of the carrier-branded versions of the Samsung Galaxy S II. Basically, the carriers have as much input as the manufacturer on what gets put in on the ICS update for the version of the device they are offering and this alone could lead to serious delays in getting the update rolled out in the first place.
This is the case with the T-Mobile version of the Samsung Galaxy S II. In fact, when the Korean smartphone and tablet manufacturer released its ICS list for the carrier-branded versions of its devices released in US shores, the handsets released by the Magenta carrier were nowhere to be found on the said list. It was only after a couple of weeks that Samsung finally came out with ICS plans for T-Mobile devices.
And if you happen to have the T-Mobile version of the Samsung Galaxy S II and have actually gnawed your nails in anticipation of our handset getting its tasty treat of Ice Cream Sandwich, then the waiting has mercifully come to a screeching end. As it stands, the Magenta carrier has finally started rolling out the ICS update for the Samsung Galaxy S II. Sad to say, the update is not being pushed out via the usual OTA means but rather through the Samsung Kies software instead so don’t expect a notification to come up your device or don’t be surprised if manually checking for the update doesn’t turn up anything.
The Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Samsung Galaxy S II will bring a lot of goodies and treats to the handset and these include voicemail improvements, Wi-Fi calling enhancements, improvements in CMAS, data usage tracker, shortcut for recent apps, new gestures, and of course, Face Unlock.
As for the T-Mobile version of the Samsung Galaxy S II, the handset’s operation is powered by a QualComm APQ8060 SnapDragon chipset which brings to the table a dual-core 1.5 GHz Scorpion processor and a full gigabyte of RAM. The handset has 16Gb of onboard storage but its retail package comes with an 8GB microSD card for memory expansion purposes. Of course, the best feature of the handset is its 4.52-inch SuperAMOLED Plus display with its 800 x 4800 resolution while its camera department is just as impressive with a main 8MP shooter found at its back panel and a 2MP video call camera residing in its front bezel.