Samsung Galaxy S2 To Run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Out Of The Box
If you are a Samsung fan and you are not sure whether the freshly-announced Galaxy S3 should be your next smartphone, you might be glad to hear that the South Korean phone maker is now shipping the Galaxy S2 pre-loaded with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Now that the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich firmware update for Samsung Galaxy S2 is available for download for a while, the new models might leave the factory gates with Google’s latest firmware update on board. It looks like the Samsung Galaxy S2 units shipped beginning with April are running Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, replacing the old Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
Despite the fact it’s already one year old, Samsung Galaxy S2 is still an important player on the Android smartphone market. The Exynos chipset with dual-core Cortex A9 CPU, clocked at 1.2GHz, is still performing well offering good performance. It’s true, the former flagship of the Galaxy line-up doesn’t have an HD display, but the 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus panel is still pretty amazing, beating many of the PenTile displays on the market.
The benchmark tests have shown that Samsung Galaxy S2 running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich performs better when it comes to graphics and battery life. The web browser is faster and ICS comes with a built-in data traffic counter.
Samsung Galaxy S2 was introduced in February 2011 at Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona and was developed by the South Korean company as a competitor for Apple’s iOS-powered iPhone 4S. With a generous display and a powerful dual-core chipset, Galaxy S2 quickly became a sales hit, helping Samsung to overtake Apple as world’s biggest smartphone vendor.
If you already own a Samsung Galaxy S2, the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich firmware update should already be available for your device, and you should go check in Settings > About Phone > Software Update, or simply connect your device to the computer via Samsung Kies and search for available firmware updates.