Samsung Galaxy S II owners on T-Mobile can update to
Android 4.0.3, but they may have to jump through a few hoops first.
The latest flavor of Ice Cream Sandwich launched as of yesterday evening for Samsung’s Galaxy S II. Owners of the phone can learn how to install it via a T-Mobile support page. But be forewarned — the update isn’t available over the air (OTA), meaning you can’t download it directly to your phone.
Instead, you have to install it via Samsung’s Kies software, which requires you to download and install the update on your PC and then sync it with your phone.
Beyond offering ICS, the update promises improvements in performance and stability.
Before you can scoop up a dose of Ice Cream Sandwich, you’ll need to make sure you’re running at least Android 2.3.6 on your Galaxy S II phone, which is available as an OTA update.
Got all that? Don’t worry. T-Mobile’s page describes all the steps required to reach the peak of Android. But the carrier does warn that if you run into any trouble, you’ll have to call Samsung. “The Kies update through Samsung is not supported by T-Mobile and we are unable to assist with Kies or PC questions,” T-Mobile explained.
Though T-Mobile is trying to be helpful by outlining all the steps involved, this convoluted process clearly shows why Android updates are such a mess. With Google, the device makers. and the carriers all involved in the mix, no one party is truly responsible or accountable for the entire chain of events.
Compare that with the process on iOS devices. Apple is the sole party responsible for all updates. The carriers have no involvement. Apple users can download iOS updates to iTunes and sync them with their iPhones and iPads or download and install the updates directly to their devices.
It is any wonder Android users have to wait so long for the latest version of Android and other updates?
Android fans, rejoice: A couple of long overdue Android 4.0 upgrades are finally on their way into the world.
Ice Cream Sandwich will be available for Verizon’s 3G/4G Motorola Xoom starting next Monday, June 4, the carrier has officially announced. The upgrade will be sent over the air, meaning you’ll get a notification on your tablet when it becomes available to you. You can also manually check for the upgrade by going into the “System Updates” section of your Xoom’s “About Tablet” settings menu.
As a flagship “Google experience” device, the Xoom should have gotten Ice Cream Sandwich long ago. The problem, according to one Android engineer, is “operator approval” — in other words, carriers like Verizon taking far too long to review and then pull the trigger on Google’s OS updates.
(On a related note, the Verizon Galaxy Nexus may actually get its long-delayed Android 4.0.4 upgrade sometime soon, too. It’s an incremental upgrade, relatively speaking, but still one that should have hit months ago. (Thanks for that, Verizon.) Big Red posted support documents for the upgrade earlier this week, and some users have reported receiving it already.)
The other good news is for owners of T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy S II. The T-Mo GSII will taste Ice Cream Sandwich starting June 11, according to a tweet sent by T-Mobile USA’s official Twitter account today. The tweet says the upgrade will be delivered via Samsung’s Kies application — for whatever reason, non-Nexus Samsung phones rarely seem to enjoy the convenience and simplicity of over-the-air upgrades — and that more details would be announced soon.
Remember, you can find the latest upgrade status for any phone or tablet in my Android 4.0 upgrade list. It’s always kept up to date with the most current info available for all devices.
Article copyright 2012 JR Raphael. All rights reserved.