Samsung Clarifies U.S. Release Date For Ice Cream Sandwich

    March 13, 2012

This morning we reported that Samsung had announced that it was beginning to roll out upgrades to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to customers with the Galaxy S II smartphone.

Samsung announced that the update would be available in Korea and several European countries today. A release in the UK is scheduled for March 19th, pending carrier testing and approval. There was no information in the announcement about the release of Ice Cream Sandwich on Galaxy S II phones in the US.

As part of this morning’s story, a request for more information was sent to Samsung. They had not replied by the time the story ran, however a Samsung representative sent the following statement just a few minutes ago:

Samsung is in close communication with both Google and our carrier partners to upgrade eligible devices to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich as quickly and as smoothly as possible. Specific models that are upgradable to ICS will vary by market. Other specifics for the ICS upgrade in the U.S. have not been announced.

So there you have. It looks like US Samsung customers will have to wait a bit longer for the update. While it is undoubtedly in Samsung’s best interest to get Ice Cream Sandwich to its devices in the US market as quickly as possible, there doesn’t seem to be any timeline for doing so.