Ice Cream Sandwich To Begin Hitting Samsung Devices In Canada

Well, this one came out of nowhere. Samsung Canada has just sent out a press release stating that the Android 4.0 update will be rolling out to 9 of its devices. You read that right, nine devices. They are as follows:

• 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

Things are looking good for owners of these devices, but don’t expect that all the updates will be available for every handset overnight. A lot is dependent on carrier testing, so it may be awhile before every device sees the update. On top of that, some devices have yet to see the update in other markets, and Canada isn’t exactly known for getting updates before other regions. It’s good to finally see Ice Cream Sandwich spreading to the masses, and if you’re in Canada with one of the listed devices, be sure to let us know when you finally get the notification to update your handset. The full press release is below.

Samsung Canada Offers Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Upgrade
Now available in Canada for Select Samsung GALAXY devices

MISSISSAUGA, ON, April 30, 2012 – Samsung Electronics Canada is pleased to announce the availability of Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) software upgrade for Samsung GALAXY devices. The upgrade will be available today on select devices in Canada and will continue rolling out to devices and carriers throughout the quarter.

Ice Cream Sandwich brings a fresh look and feel to Android. It has a new user interface with improved multi-tasking, notifications, Wi-Fi hotspot, a full Web browsing experience and innovations such as Face Unlock, which uses the front facing camera for facial recognition to unlock the smartphone.

“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 needs”.

Devices eligible for an ICS upgrade include:
• 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

Recently introduced to the Canadian marketplace, Samsung GALAXY S II X and Samsung GALAXY S II LTE HD are NFC enabled, which enables consumers to utilize Android BeamTM. Android Beam allows users to quickly share Web pages, apps and YouTube™ videos with friends by simply tapping two phones back-to-back. Users can even use fun effects while shooting video or video chatting with Google Talk™.

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. For more information on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, please visit www.samsung.com.

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