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Samsung Galaxy S II gets ICS (Ice Cream Sandwich)

Tech and Innovation

Posted on April 27, 2012

4 min read

We have been eagerly awaiting for an ICS (Ice Cream Sandwich) update and we are happy to announce it is out for the Samsung Galaxy S II. The Samsung Galaxy S II has been one of the most popular handsets on the Telstra network and we hope you enjoy this update.

30/04/2012 update
The OTA option was released over the weekend. If you have not already installed ICS on to your Samsung Galaxy S II and you would like to, click here to try it out

To get the update there are a few small steps you need to take:

1. First check what version of Android you currently have on your Samsung Galaxy S II.

[If the version is Android 2.3.3, you will need to update to 2.3.6 first before you can get the 4.0.3 update (ICS).]

Check your Android version on SGS2

To check your version of Android, simple do this from the homescreen:
1. Press the Menu button, under the bottom left hand side of the screen.
2. In the bottom right hand corner of the screen there should be a picture of a ‘Cog’ with the word “Settings” underneath it. Press this field.
3. Scroll to the bottom, there should be an “Information” symbol with the words “About Phone” next to it. Press this field.
4. There should be a field labelled “Android version”
5. Check if your version is Android 2.3.3 or Android 2.3.6

If you are using version 2.3.3, proceed to step 2. If you are using verison 2.3.6, proceed to step 3.

How to update SGS2

Update in progress

2. Android 2.3.3 users:

Let’s update to Android 2.3.6. This is really simple, just update OTA (Over The Air). Please make sure you are connected to a Wi-Fi network as the update package will not only be quicker to download but also reduce any bill shock.

i. To do this, simply navigate to the same section we did in Step 1.
ii. Instead of scrolling down to “Android Version”, at the very top there should be a field reading “Software Update”. Press this on your touchscreen.

iii. The first field should read “Update”, press this field. You may be asked to sign up for a Samsung Kies account to download the update. Simply enter in an email address and make sure you take note of the password you choose.

iv. The download should start and from here it should be an easy process to update to Android 2.3.6

3. Android 2.3.6 users:

You can update straight to Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich), but at the moment this is available only through Samsung’s software Kies. The OTA option is very close to being available and we do recommend this option as it will save all your user data. either through Kies or Over the Air (OTA). We recommend to use the OTA option for updating to ICS.

SGS II ICS notification

The over the air update is now available and is our recommended method of upgrading. Instead of connecting your phone to a computer, just connect your Galaxy S II to a Wi-Fi network and download the 200MB+ update file.

*While downloading and installing, check you have over 50% battery life and/or you are connected to a power source.

You may get a notification in the status bar of your screen, which will display two arrows diagonally. You can click on this notification to check for the update.

If you don’t get this notification you can go into your settings and press software update. Once you have done this you should get this notification.

Please ensure you are connected to a Wi-Fi network before pressing download.

The update should download and then prompt you to install the update.

During installation your phone will reboot and display the start up screen. Do not press any buttons until the install has finished and the phone has returned to the lock screen.

Samsung KIES update

A note from Samsung if you would like to update through Kies:
Samsung recommends that users backup all personal data stored on your mobile phone (including, but not limited to, Contacts, Calendar, SMS, Email, Photos, Apps, Audio, Video, Documents and any other personal data and files) to a compatible Computer or External Storage device prior to commencing the Kies update.

i. To update to ICS, simply connect your phone to your PC or MAC with Kies pre-installed.

ii. Kies should pick up your handset and from here you should be able to download the update and install this on to your phone.

Kies Update

Hope you enjoy your ICS update, don’t forget the Play Market should now show you more apps available for download.

Our favourite is the Chrome for Android Beta browser.

If you have any questions, why not check out the Crowd Support conversation we have brewing.