If you have a Gingerbread phone, you want ICS. There's no arguing that fact. Even if you're happy with Gingerbread and have never used ICS before, you may not realize it, but you still want it.

Unfortunately for Stratosphere owners, it doesn't looks like Samsung wants to give you the full ICS experience; instead, they want to put Ice Cream Sandwich all over Gingerbread. Kind of like the "Galaxy S Suite" that was to bring some of the best features from ICS to GB, the Stratosphere is getting a cosmetic (and perhaps slightly functional) update that brings face unlock, a better app tray, new incoming call GUI, and a photo editor.


Aside from that, the update also brings a handful of other fixes and enhancements:


While there's no official word as to when the update will start rolling out, we wouldn't be surprised to see this made available within the week.

[Verizon via Droid Life]

Cameron Summerson
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  • bub

    Are u kidding me? And the droid charge gets fooked again.

    • http://twitter.com/DroidKl0wn Droid Kl0wn

      Funniest part is this phone is pretty much identical to the charge. They were both flops and the fact the strat is getting an update is amazing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/acejavelin Steve Swiss

    I am amazed and in awe... an update to the Stratosphere. Of course it occurs AFTER I get rid of mine!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=667020551 Jose Torres

    ...what's Google Gtalk?

  • will

    Already received my update here in Michigan.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kevin.columbus Kevin Columbus
  • http://www.facebook.com/johnna.eurich.5 Johnna Eurich

    How is it that my husband got his stratosphere update and I didn't get mine? Our phones were purchased the exact same day? Makes no sense to me.

    • Rich

      Same here. My wife's phone was updated 6 days ago and I'm still waiting. Not sure why.

    • Kay

      The same thing happened with me.. My fiance got the update but I still haven't.

  • Kelsey

    i also don't have an update for my phone yet but my husband received his. Is there a way to manually get the update or is it sent to your phone?

  • http://www.facebook.com/brandon.justice Brandon Justice

    I recieved this update about 15 mins ago....seems to be working ok so far.

  • http://www.facebook.com/malvinka88 Julia Reese

    Yea so far I found more negative with this update than all the great new features. The photo editor really suks it really does nothing exept some effect filters and blurring. I miss my puzzle pice unlock, and my wallpaper is only with one screen option they took away the landscape. I just really feel like I got downgraded sooooo its a big unlike for me

  • Amy G.

    The OS is totally sucking the battery life out of my phone. I had no problems with battery life till the update. Now my phone can't last more than 5 hours on standby. Epic fail. Wish I never updated.

    • http://www.facebook.com/dontsh00tmesanta Daniel Quintero