Samsung has finally made an official statement regarding its plans to upgrade current handsets to Ice Cream Sandwich (Android version 4.0), and the short list is indeed quite short:

  • Galaxy S II (including AT&T LTE version)
  • Galaxy Note
  • Galaxy R
  • Tab 7.0 Plus
  • Tab 7.7
  • Tab 8.9
  • Tab 10.1

Updates will start with the Galaxy S II and Note in Q1 2012, but that time frame likely applies to world versions of the phone, so those with American carrier-branded versions of the GSII will probably be waiting a little longer. The rest of the devices listed will "soon follow."

There are no mentions of any other possible candidates, so if your phone isn't listed, you can rest pretty well assured it won't be getting an upgrade to Android 4.0 from Samsung. This may be particularly saddening for owners of Samsung's DROID Charge and Stratosphere 4G LTE devices on Verizon, as well as those with the Samsung Infuse and Galaxy S 4G - none of which will be getting the Ice Cream Sandwich bump.


David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • http://www.torikomix.pl Tori

    And don't get me started on the original Galaxy S, the same hardware that as Nexus S - it also has been left out.
    Fortunately, CM9 alpha with ICS, runs so much better for me, then any other Samsung ROM.

    • http://none.com Kai

      So then you're complaining just to complain? Boy that is the way of Android: Complain, even though it doesn't matter to you. You'd be on a CM-Rom either way?!

      • Dei

        The way of... Android?

        Allow me to remind you, you're on the internet. 'Complain even though it doesn't matter to you' is the half of the internet that isn't porn.

      • Edd

        His is a fair complaint. He's lucky and know what he's doing, but flashing a ROM isn't for everyone.

        (I say this as an S2 user whose a flashaholic :))

  • Eric S.

    I really hope they'll still do the Galaxy Player media players. I love my GP5.0 but I think ICS would add a nice touch, considering how much more social the device becomes. It was just released in October in the US too! Blegh.

  • Sparky

    Totally not expecting an official release for the Charge. Almost stopped believing we'd even see Gingerbread, let alone ICS.

  • http://infosectors.com rizwan

    GReat now icecreame sandwitch on my favorites devices !! Samsung rocks

    • rohan

      Learn how to spell, idiot

  • Nick Venture

    No mention of the Epic 4G Touch makes me worried... Even though it is a Galaxy S II, it's still slightly different with it's WIMAX and CDMA radios...

    • Notsonoble

      The list says INCLUDING for the AT&T devices, which are the ones who seem to get left out more often. I expect the 4G Touch will be more likely to get ICS based on the wording.

  • Victor

    It makes you consider rooting..

    • stateit

      "It makes you consider rooting.

      Why wouldn't you want to consider rooting anyway?

      • Victor

        You´re probable right

  • http://openpeak.com/Sector.html Mark

    Well at least my AT&T Galaxy SII will be updated. The international version gets it first probably but all they're waiting for in the dev forums for the AT&T Galaxy S II is the 3.0/3.1 kernel modified for this phone. Once they get Samsung's official 3.0/3.1 kernel with modifications for this phones hardware, they'll be able to quickly adapt the international version to work (probably with enhancements/less bloatware/some tweaks) on the AT&T version. So Q1 of 2012 isn't too bad.

  • Chad Watterson

    Kinda Sad... Viewsonic has done nothing to compete in the tablet market with the g-tab the only version of HC available is basically hacked and no news of a release of a Viewsonic branded version and android has already released the next OS... froyo for life? or hacked HC with no cam support q.q

  • Abhinav

    S2 includes skyrocket also right ?

  • Shadow

    well this is sad i want ice cream sammich love to my international Galaxy S well cyanogen mod where are you

    • Tee

      Rooting is the 'cheap' solution, since it's the one for you, but not for everyone.

      I have rooted my SGS, but this list is to show how Sammy treats us 20 million(?) SGS owners. There is no sensible reason not to port the official ICS also for the SGS which is by no means an 'old' phone yet.

      If the list doesn't change, the SGS will be my first and last Samsung phone.

      • rohmish

        The SGS is still available for to buy by Samsung(not an used one or...) and the S+ is available almost everywhere till now. And as Samsung is part of the 18-month pact, they should telethon an update

  • Jim

    I'm sure they will come out AFTER the Samsung Galaxy S3 is released. We all know American carriers are SLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW in releasing updates.

  • http://fc1032.blogspot.com Brian

    :< No original galaxy tab...

  • [email protected]

    and original galaxy tab?

  • http://twitter.com/djrits Ritesh

    Leaving out the original GS and its variants is like murder when the Nexus S is already getting the update. Its basically the same phone! WTF Samsung?

  • jeff

    Yeah that's going to do it for me with android and any manufacturers outside of the one Google personally owns. Samsung worried about the Motorola purchase then leaves everyone out in the cold? Go smoke Ballmer's knob for some hardware sales from now on. I'm through.

  • abdullah yusef

    unfortunately here in Saudi a some people are buying Samsung galaxy tab 10.1 for more than 640$ while others buying it for only 300$ I don't know wat is going on with Samsung dealers here in k.s.a

  • derek

    What does Q1 2012 mean

    • Victor

      First Quarter of 2012, that is, between January and March of 2012.

  • sam ghosla

    sir i want to knw abt ics updte for my galaxy r

  • Augustine

    Tab 7.7 wont be getting ics update?