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Samsung Canada has finished porting Ice Cream Sandwich to a whole bunch of devices, which in Samsung press release parlance means they are "eligible" for an upgrade. Does that mean you can hit that "update" button today and start downloading ICS? Well, that's complicated.

First though, the list of devices:

  • GALAXY S II
  • GALAXY S II LTE
  • GALAXY S II LTE HD
  • GALAXY S II X
  • GALAXY Note
  • GALAXY Tab 7.0
  • GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus
  • GALAXY Tab 8.9
  • GALAXY Tab 10.1

Now, for the caveats: Sammy says "The upgrade will be available today on select devices in Canada and will continue rolling out to devices and carriers throughout the quarter." and "The availability of the software upgrade and specific models upgradable to Android 4.0 will vary by market and wireless carriers' requirements. For carrier specific details, please visit your nearest carrier retailer." So basically Samsung is saying "We are done, it's up to your carrier." So after the carriers get done testing, poking, and installing bloatware, you'll get your upgrade.

This should be good news for the aforementioned Galaxy owners in other regions too. The software for different regions is about 90% compatible, so your Ice Cream Sandwich updates should be well on their way, too.

The press release isn't exactly clear on exactly who, in Canada, gets Ice Cream Sandwich today and who has to wait. So a question to all our Canadian commenters: What Galaxy device do you have, what carrier are you on, and happens when you mash that update button? Good luck!

Samsung Canada Offers Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Upgrade

Now available in Canada for Select Samsung GALAXY devices

MISSISSAUGA, ON, April 30, 2012 /CNW/ - Samsung Electronics Canada is pleased to announce the availability of Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) software upgrade for Samsung GALAXY devices. The upgrade will be available today on select devices in Canada and will continue rolling out to devices and carriers throughout the quarter.

Ice Cream Sandwich brings a fresh look and feel to Android. It has a new user interface with improved multi-tasking, notifications, Wi-Fi hotspot, a full Web browsing experience and innovations such as Face Unlock, which uses the front facing camera for facial recognition to unlock the smartphone.

"We are passionate about providing the best possible mobile experience to Canadians and the upgrade to Android 4.0 will offer an improved user experience for Samsung GALAXY devices," said Paul Brannen, Vice President, Mobile Communications at Samsung Canada. "We expect that our customers will enjoy an enhanced experience with their GALAXY device through this upgrade and we remain committed, alongside our carrier partners, to satisfy our customer needs".

Devices eligible for an ICS upgrade include:

  • GALAXY S II
  • GALAXY S II LTE
  • GALAXY S II LTE HD
  • GALAXY S II X
  • GALAXY Note
  • GALAXY Tab 7.0
  • GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus
  • GALAXY Tab 8.9
  • GALAXY Tab 10.1

Recently introduced to the Canadian marketplace, Samsung GALAXY S II X and Samsung GALAXY S II LTE HD are NFC enabled, which enables consumers to utilize Android Beam™. Android Beam allows users to quickly share Web pages, apps and YouTube™ videos with friends by simply tapping two phones back-to-back. Users can even use fun effects while shooting video or video chatting with Google Talk™.

The availability and scheduling of the software upgrade and specific models upgradable to Android 4.0 will vary by market and wireless carriers' requirements. For carrier specific details, please visit your nearest carrier retailer. For more information on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, please visit www.samsung.com.

Android Beam, Google Talk and YouTube are trademarks of Google Inc.

About Samsung Electronics

Samsung Electronics Canada delivers unrivalled consumer experiences. Samsung enables Canadians to pursue their passions by offering a broad range of award-winning digital consumer electronics, IT, telecommunications and home appliance products. The Canadian arm upholds Samsung's global mission to provide consumers with innovative digital convergence products that possess exceptional technology, quality, features, performance and value. As a result of its commitment to innovation and unique design, Samsung has become one of the most decorated brands in the electronics industry. The company was ranked #17 in BusinessWeek/Interbrand "100 Best Global Brands" and was named as one of Fast Company's "50 Most Innovative Companies of 2011."

For more information, please visit www.samsung.ca.

You can also Like Samsung on facebook.com/SamsungCanada or follow Samsung on twitter @SamsungCanada. For customer service inquiries, please call 1-800-SAMSUNG (1-800-726-7864).

For further information:

Brenna Eller
North Strategic for Samsung Mobile Communications
[email protected] | 416-836-9417

Ron Amadeo
Ron loves everything related to technology, design, and Google. He always wants to talk about "the big picture" and what's next for Android, and he's not afraid to get knee-deep in an APK for some details. Expect a good eye for detail, lots of research, and some lamenting about how something isn't designed well enough.
  • Justin

     Galaxy Tab 10.1 Wi-Fi, still no update, would love to know is Samsung is pushing it for the Wi-Fi versions or just 3G/4G models.  Time will tell.

    Even nicer would be for them to give us Canadians 4.0.4 on the Galaxy Nexus.  Why it takes so long to finalize the yakjuux build, I have no clue.

    • Ron Amadeo

      FWIW, Verizon Galaxy Nexii are still on 4.0.2.

      • Orbilator

        I got an unbranded note. Can i manually update to this in the uk

  • Amitc4d

    GALAXY Tab 7.0  means the original tab GT-P1000 ??

    • Dreezy

      thats what i want to know

    • Ron Amadeo

      This page http://www.samsung.com/us/mobile/galaxy-tab/GT-P1010CWAXAR lists the "Galaxy Tab 7.0" as the GT-P1010.

      • Amitc4d

        That's wifi only version. Mine is 3G+wifi.

  • Jason Hampel

    Galaxy Note with Bell... no  update yet. Although earlier I got an error when checking for updates against the server.  Later on - no error but no update either. 

  • John O’Connor

    How about some "official ICS love here in the US of A"??

  • fixxmyhead

    come on galaxy s2 X get an official update. im sick of these broken ics roms. at least telus has got us covered if tmobile takes too long

  • Tyler Chappell

    Still no official ICS for the wifi US Tab10.1? Sammy is becoming the LG of Android upgrades.

  • Danny

    Anyone get this yet on their 10.1?

  • Jtwatkins09

    When I get it

  • stewieX

    Tab 10.1 4G on Rogers. No update yet available OTA.

  • Pauly Matthews

    7.7????

  • Yujen7997

    When will Philippines get its update on Ice Cream 4.0 upgrade?

  • Braddock

    Nothing on Bell Galaxy SII or Galaxy Tab 10.1.  :( 

  • Sharmasr7

    Hey we are eagerly waiting for ics on n7000

  • http://www.motoask.com/ Motorola Atrix forum

    Still no love for the Galaxy S, the most successful and popular Android device of 2010, a device many people still have under contract.

    • drksilenc

      yes and they said there will not be ics for this device.

  • Kenreid658

    I have the galaxy s 2 x and I contacted telus today. they said even though samsung has released android 4 telus mobility says they still haven't received it and cannot release it

  • http://twitter.com/ArtVandelay440 Art Vandelay

    Samsung, decoded:
    "The ICS update will be available in Canada, then later in the USA- that is, after the carriers finally decide to fork over their proprietary binaries, cripple it with bloat, and make it so utterly unrecognizable from a true android experience their users can justify the purchase of a new phone."

  • Prem

    Is it going to be released for the original Samsung Galaxy Tab-GT-P1000?

    • drksilenc

      no they already said this.

  • Weavyco509

    Hi. GALAXY ll

  • fsrdh

    No G model support makes me a sad panda bear

  • Augustine

    Hi... tab 7.7 wont be getting ics update? Is that true?

  • Paul Reeves

    How does one check for the update?  I am new to Android.

  • http://farfarhanhan.blogspot.com/ farhan

    so , is it only canada getting the ICS? isn't there any leaked OS?

  • Asdf

    asdf

  • http://www.facebook.com/studioshash Shashwat Nagpal

    Yesterday when my Tab was on charging, it said updating... and our stupid house made unplugged my tab to die on power drain... now I don't see the update notification! Any ideas how do I get it? it's a Tab 750/10.1 3G in India... factory unlocked.

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