Finally a good news for Samsung Galaxy SII owners, Samsung has recently released official Android 4.0 (Ice-cream Sandwich) update for SGS2. The ICS firmware is dated 9th March 2012. Although Samsung has taken a little bit of time for releasing the ICS update still this firmware has no bluish ICS interface and is very much similar to Android 2.3.6. Galaxy SII owners must be expected something better, I, myself being a Samsung Galaxy S2 user, wanted a little more from them. Right now we can only wait for another update with few new features.
The firmware is based on I9100XXLPQ (4.0.3) with modem XXLPQ and CSC OXALPQ, while the kernel build is 3.0.15. Although the update has not taken place worldwide and is limited to certain countries, but still if you want to try this ICS final build from Samsung, then you can have a look at XDA Forum or SAM Mobile, from where you can download this firmware along with the instructions for flashing/updating your Samsung Galaxy S2.
It was already confirmed that Samsung Galaxy S2 will receive an update to Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4), but now it is confirmed that the update will be available in the first quarter of the year 2012. Although few alpha releases of ICS for Galaxy S2 has been rolled out in various android forums, but they are still very much unstable and far away from the final firmware.
Along with Samsung Galaxy S2, the other devices that are scheduled for an Ice Cream Sandwich update are Galaxy S II LTE, Galaxy Note, Galaxy R, Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy Tab 8.9, Galaxy Tab 7.7, and Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus.
Although Samsung has announced that the update will be out by the first quarter of the next year (2012), but again it will depend upon the country and the mobile operator. So lets wait for the ICS update for Samsung Galaxy S2 and see how much potential the new firmware have bought for our little champ (Galaxy S2).
Recently Google announced that Android market cross over the 10 billion downloads on 6th Dec, 2011. To celebrate this success Android Market will have an unbelievable sale of Top 10 premium applications daily for next 10 days. To start with you will get the following 10 applications for 10 cent each for today:
- Great Little War Game
- SketchBook Mobile
- Paper Camera
- Sound Hound
- Asphalt 6
- Fieldrunners HD
- Endomondo Sports Tracker Pro
- Color and Draw for Kids
The list of these 10 applications will change everyday for the next 10 days, it means you can download 100 premium applications in 10 days only for 10$. Isn’t this great.
After installing and trying various chat applications for Facebook and Yahoo, I finally came across IMO. IMO is a simple chat application for Facebook, Yahoo, etc. It simply does what it says. IMO has a very sleek and clean interface without any advertisements. It uses very less data and make your chat fast and clear.
Currently IMO supports AIM, Facebook, Google Talk, Hyves, ICQ, Jabber, MSN, MySpace, Skype, Yahoo and VKontakte. IMO is currently is emerging as one of the best chat application for android. Although it misses few common features like “buzz” in Yahoo, but still anyone can fell in love with IMO because of its simplicity. You can download IMO from here.
So finally there is a good news for Samsung Galaxy S2 users, Galaxy S2 will be updated to Android 4.0 (Ice-Cream Sandwich) soon. This has been confirmed by @SamsungUK via twitter, although the date has not been confirmed. So all Samsung Galaxy S2 users should prepare their phones for updating to Android 4.0 soon.
Android 4.0 is a heap over the previous Android versions and this will improve the performance of Galaxy S2 to a great extent along with an eye candy user interface. This update will be like a reborn firmware for Samsung Galaxy S2. Android 4.0 (Ice-Cream Sandwich) has a new version of Linux kernel with enhanced performance and graphical improvements.