We’ve heard from various carriers and manufacturers on their plans to upgrade existing phones to Android 4.0, but despite the fact that updates for the Galaxy S II have been available for multiple markets (including the US) Samsung has remained curiously quiet. Until today: the company finally posted a comprehensive list of devices that will see Ice Cream Sandwich. All four major US carriers and WiFi tablets have been detailed – with one important exception.
AT&T users will see updates for the Galaxy S II and Galaxy S II Skyrocket (both of which have been leaked already), the Galaxy Note, the Captivate Glide, the Nexus S and the LTE version of the Galaxy Tab 8.9. On Verizon only the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 7.7 will be updated. The Now Network’s Nexus S 4G has already been updated to ICS, but the Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch will also see an upgrade. The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, Galaxy Tab 8.9 and Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi editions will also be updated.
If you’re a T-Mobile customer you’ve no doubt noticed the omission in the paragraph above. Samsung says that they’re “in close communication with T-Mobile” to assure that ICS update come down the pipe “in the coming months”, but hasn’t detailed which devices will get the upgrade. The Galaxy S II and Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus seem like obvious candidates, but we hope that the newer Galaxy S Blaze 4G isn’t overlooked. Samsung didn’t give any dates or timeframes for the devices that they confirmed.
Of course there’s more to the US wireless industry than the Big Four, but Samsung didn’t seem particularly interested in discussing the smaller regional carriers. Most of these companies have a pretty poor track record concerning Android updates, but it would be nice to get some info, particularly for those who have just released new Samsung products like US Cellular’s Galaxy S Aviator and Galaxy Tab 10.1 LTE variants.