Samsung starts upgrading Galaxy S II to Android 4.0

Users in Poland, Hungary, and Sweden will be the first to get the Ice Cream Sandwich update

Samsung Electronics has started upgrading its Galaxy S II smartphone to Android 4.0 or Ice Cream Sandwich.

The upgrade will begin in European countries including Poland, Hungary, and Sweden, as well as Korea today, and then gradually roll out to other markets, as well.

The company isn't releasing any details for countries like the US and France. But it seems that users in the UK won't have to wait for too long. The upgrade will be available from next week, but the actual arrival date for users will be dependent upon each operator's own software approvals process, according to Samsung UK.

The Android 4.0 software upgrade for Galaxy Note, Galaxy S II LTE, Galaxy R, Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, 7.7, 8.9, 8.9 LTE and 10.1 will follow soon, Samsung said without elaborating on actual dates.

About five months after Google launched Android 4.0 and the Galaxy Nexus, which was developed by Google and Samsung, the operating system is starting to take off with upgrades of existing phones as well as new products

Besides upgrading existing products, Samsung has also announced a number of new products that will use the latest version of Google's operating system, including the Galaxy Note 10.1, Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) and Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1).

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