Samsung isn’t exactly known for timely updates. The South Korean tech company, along with the likes of Motorola and HTC, have received major flak for rolling updates several months after Google releases a new platform update. Worse, most devices fail to receive any updates at all, stuck on the firmware they shipped with. However, it seems Samsung may be turning over a maple leaf. According to a press release, our neighbors north of the border may be finally getting a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich.
Canadian owners are in luck. Samsung aims to update a slew of their popular Galaxy smartphones and tablets released last year to Android 4.0. While other countries may have looked to custom ROMs for their Ice Cream Sandwich fix , Samsung Canada has notified their users to expect the updates to roll out to their devices this week.
“We are passionate about providing the best possible mobile experience to Canadians and the upgrade to Android 4.0 will offer an improved user experience for Samsung GALAXY devices,” said Paul Brannen, Vice President, Mobile Communications at Samsung Canada. “We expect that our customers will enjoy an enhanced experience with their GALAXY device through this upgrade and we remain committed, alongside our carrier partners, to satisfy our customer’s needs”.
As Canadian blog Mobile Syrup has pointed out, Samsung wasn’t exactly clear what carriers would receive the new firmware. Though they have stated that “The availability and scheduling of the software upgrade and specific models upgradable to Android 4.0 will vary by market and wireless carriers’ requirements. For carrier specific details, please visit your nearest carrier retailer”. Again it seems as if the tug of war of responsibilities for timely updates continues as manufacturer insists the the delay rests solely in major carriers.
Despite the long wait, I’m glad to see more devices finally running Google’s latest and greatest, albeit only in one country. If you own the following and live in the True North Strong and Free expect Ice Cream Sandwich to hit your device.
- GALAXY S II
- GALAXY S II LTE
- GALAXY S II LTE HD
- GALAXY S II X
- GALAXY Note
- GALAXY Tab 7.0
- GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus
- GALAXY Tab 8.9
- GALAXY Tab 10.1
For everyone outside of Canada, has impatience set in yet? Have you turned to custom ROMs? Let us know in the comments below.
Source: Mobile Syrup