Before the advent of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the whole Android ecosystem is going gaga over Ice Cream Sandwich which at that time was the latest iteration of the Google mobile operating system. Many months have already passed since Google unveiled ICS late last year and we finally saw the update get pushed out to most of the high-end devices in the market today (well, at least for those handsets not shipping with ICS out of the box, that is).
The Samsung Galaxy S II Epic Touch 4g is available starting at just one penny at select retailers.
In the case of Korean smartphone and tablet manufacturer Samsung, the company as early as late last year confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy S II will be one of its first handsets that will get upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and the projected rollout date was back in Q1. The manufacturer was able to keep its word and unleashed the update for the international version of the Samsung Galaxy S II back in February.
The case is different though for carrier-branded versions of the handset. Looking back, the Samsung Galaxy S II was then the flagship device of Samsung. Due to the impressive components and capabilities of the handset, almost all wireless providers in US shores with the exception of Verizon released their respective variants of the handset. In the case of Sprint, it released the Samsung Galaxy S II Epic Touch 4G as its variant of the original Galaxy S II and at one point, the handset was rumored to be the first carrier-branded handset released in US shores to get the Android 4.0 refresh.
There were even news reports back then that Sprint was already in the final stages of testing the ICS update for the Samsung Galaxy S II Epic Touch 4G which further strengthened the speculations. Sad to say, this did not pan out because it was the HTC Vivid 4G from AT&T who got first dibs on the ICS update in our side of the world when users of the handset were able to find a workaround to force the handset to download and install the ICS update. Users of the Samsung Galaxy S II Epic Touch 4G from Sprint though went back to waiting for ICS to land.
A couple of weeks back, Sprint finally managed to get the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Samsung Galaxy S II Epic Touch 4G rolled out but due to several issues and problems, the rollout was stopped.
Just today, it looks like Sprint was already able to iron out the wrinkles in the ICS update for the Samsung Galaxy S II Epic Touch 4G because reports are coming in that several users of the handset already managed to download and install ICS on their respective handsets. No solid word has been released by Sprint as of yet but given this type of reports, you lose nothing if you will be on the lookout for the ICS update notification or if you manually check for the update every once in a while. You can buy the Epic Touch 4G starting at just one penny!