Android version software upgrades are not something we here in South Africa are privy to that often, so when an announcement like this comes along, it’s pretty big news.
Korean electronics giant Samsung (and the world’s largest manufacturer of smartphones
) has announced the local availability of the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) software upgrade for the Galaxy SII
, with other models to follow soon.
By downloading the firmware via the Kies application, the software upgrade is immediately available across Open (Not network specific, XFA) and Vodacom (XFV) and will be available during the day on MTN (XFM) and Cell C (XFC).
Similarly, the upgrade via Firmware Over The Air (by downloading the firmware upgrade over the air directly from your smartphone) is in the roll-out process and will be available by the end of today (18 May 2012).
“This upgrade has been highly anticipated locally and we expect that our South African customers will enjoy an enhanced experience with their Galaxy device through this upgrade,” says Craige Fleischer
, head of mobile communications at Samsung Electronics SA.
According to Samsung, it completed upgrading Galaxy devices to Gingerbread last year by providing software upgrades to both Froyo and Gingerbread.
The news comes shortly after the announcement of the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S3
, sporting a quad-core processor and large 4.8” HD Super AMOLED screen.
But it’s not only Android phones that Samsung is dishing up, since the company recently revealed the mid-range Omnia M
Windows Phone device, running a 1 GHz single-core processor with a 4” Super AMOLED touchscreen.
Have you installed ICS on your Samsung Galaxy SII yet? Let us know in the comments section below.