While Samsung had the honor of launching the first smartphone with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich software for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, most of its products launched with earlier versions of Android. Samsung has announced what popular Galaxy SII and Galaxy Tab tablets will be updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS). The most recent models will be updated and announcements made later for release dates.
The ICS-upgradable devices are the Samsung Galaxy S II, Samsung Galaxy S II LTE, the Galaxy Note, Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy Tab 8.9, Galaxy Tab 7.7, and GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus.
For upgradable models, Samsung will make separate announcements on details of OS updates schedule for each market according to market situation and carriers’ requirements.
The Samsung Galaxy SII line of superphones are named in almost every top best of the year smartphone list but were shipped and sold with Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
When the original Samsung Galaxy S models were updated it months before the Samsung Captivate, Fascinate and Samsung Epic 4G were updated to Android 2.2 Froyo. After Samsung released the core code to the carriers, it then took more months to get the carrier "bloatware" to work. The incident was referred to as "Froyogate."