Samsung has revealed which devices coming from U.S. mobile carriers will receive the much-awaited upgrade to the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) mobile operating system.
In an FAQ on the Samsung site for the U.S., the South Korean consumer electronics juggernaut revealed that most of the devices it released on U.S. carriers will indeed get the ICS update.
However, those who have the original Galaxy S and the original Galaxy Tab (7-inch) will not get the ICS update.
Similarly, those on T-Mobile will not get the ICS update, at least for now.
Samsung promises, however, that it is “in close communication with T-Mobile to ensure that eligible devices are upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in the coming months and will provide updates as we have additional details to share”.
So those on T-Mobile seems will have to wait in “the coming months” before you get ICS.
Meanwhile, for AT&T, the following devices will get the ICS update:
Galaxy S II (SGH-i777)
Galaxy S II Skyrocket (SGH-i727)
Galaxy Note (SGH-i717)
Captivate Glide (SGH-i927)
Nexus S (SGH-i9020A)
Galaxy Tab 8.9 (SGH-i957)
On Sprint, these the ICS update is available for the Nexus 4G (SPH-d720) here while Samsung promises that it will release an ICS update for the Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch (SPH-d710).
Furthermore, Verizon’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 (SCH-i905) and Galaxy Tab 7.7 (SCH-i815) will also both get ICS.
As for Wi-Fi models getting the ICS update, Samsung promises that the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Wi-Fi (P6210), Galaxy Tab 8.9 Wi-Fi (P7310) and Galaxy Tab 10.1 Wi-Fi (P7510) will all get updated to ICS.
Samsung says on its FAQ that “Samsung is in close communication with both Google and our carrier partners to upgrade devices to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich as quickly and as smoothly as possible. Specific models that will receive the ICS update include the following devices. Other specifics for the ICS update in the U.S. have not been announced.”
Nonetheless, Samsung adds that the current list of devices it promises an ICS update will be update to keep users posted as more and more devices will have their ICS updates ready.
Google has promised that with ICS, users will get a redefined and evolved user interface featuring simple and intuitive gestures for controlling their devices.
ICS is also touted to be much better than previous iterations of Android at handling multitasking. The ICS update is also expected to bring a better voice input engine to Android and other nifty features such as lock screen actions.
Source: Samsung US List