There’s been talk about Samsung’s plans to upgrade some of its Galaxy devices to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but the Korean handset maker did not reveal any details until now.
Samsung has finally confirmed plans to launch Android 4.0 for some of its Galaxy devices, though there are only two smartphones that will get Ice Cream Sandwich in early 2012.
According to Samsung, the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note smartphones are slated for an Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade in the first quarter of 2012. Other Galaxy devices will receive the upgrade soon after these two smartphones, but no roadmap has been unveiled yet.
Aside Samsung Galaxy Nexus that already runs Google’s Android 4.0 operating system, the handset manufacturer listed as “ICS-upgradable” the following devices: Galaxy S II LTE, Galaxy R, Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy Tab 8.9, Galaxy Tab 7.7 and Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus.
With Ice Cream Sandwich some of Samsung’s Galaxy family devices will be given a new look and feel.
Those who didn’t had the chance to check out the Galaxy Nexus should know that Android 4.0 has been entirely redesigned, including the user interface which features notifications, Wi-Fi hotspot, improved multi-tasking and NFC (Near Field Communications) support.
Samsung will bring new features to its ICS-upgradable devices, including a new People App which allows users to browse pictures, messages and social network updates from friends, family and co-workers.
In addition, the Ice Cream Sandwich introduces a unique app called Face Unlock that uses facial recognition to unlock the smartphone.
With Android Beam and NFC technology users will be able to share Web pages, apps and YouTube videos by simply tapping two phones.
Samsung states that additional announcements on details of Ice Cream Sandwich updates schedule for each market and carrier will be made in due time.