Getting the latest version of Android is a constant concern for the enthusiasts out there, and Android 4.0 is one of the more significant shifts we’ve seen. So it’s understandable that people are clamoring to know when they’ll be getting it. Samsung’s dramatic rise to popularity amongst Android users in general and our readership specifically, coupled with the fact that they have been responsible for the last two Nexus devices, means that they perhaps have the largest target on their back.
Our list of Samsung devices that will and won't be receiving Android 4.0 can be found at the bottom of this post and will be updated as new information becomes available.
Will my device be updated?
As you are no doubt aware, Samsung was first out of the gate with Android 4.0 on first the Galaxy Nexus and then the Nexus S, but those are Nexus devices and that was to be expected. They have, in my opinion, been slightly less forthcoming than some of the other major manufacturers about their plans for the rest of their lineup.
The sheer number of devices they have released is no doubt at least partially to blame and despite often releasing the same line of phones (e.g., Galaxy S II) across many carriers, there are minor hardware variations in each that render the shared name less meaningful.
While Samsung hasn't given a comprehensive upgrade list yet, it is worth nothing that thus far Samsung has not committed to upgrading any of their single core devices. So for the time being, that's probably the best indicator of whether your Samsung device will be updated to Android 4.0. But don't conclude that if you do have a dual-core device then the update is guaranteed.
Latest Android 4.0 update news from Samsung
- 1/3/12 - Samsung Galaxy S won't be updated to Android 4.0 - "value pack" or otherwise
After a brief rumor surfaced that the Samsung Galaxy S variants might see an update to Android 4.0 that stripped out TouchWiz to make room (basically the dream scenario), the hopes of millions of Galaxy S owners were extinguished like so many Alderaanians. (Too soon?). It wasn't a terribly surprising decision, but considering this was the device that put Samsung on the map for Android users it would have been nice if they could have pulled it off.
- 12/20/11 - Galaxy Note, Galaxy S II to lead Samsung's Ice Cream Sandwich upgrades in Q1 2012
This was Samsung's biggest release of information regarding their Android 4.0 plans, but only positively identified a timeline for the Note and Galaxy S II.
Samsung devices that have Android 4.0
Samsung Galaxy Nexus (Global Version)
Samsung Galaxy Nexus LTE
Samsung Nexus S (rolling update should be completed in Q1)
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (unreleased)
Samsung Galaxy S II (Global version is receiving a rolling update)
Samsung devices that will receive Android 4.0 update in Q2
Samsung Galaxy Note (Global version)
Samsung devices that will receive Android 4.0; timeline unknown
Samsung Nexus S 4G (likely Q1)
Samsung Galaxy Note (AT&T)
Samsung Galaxy S II (T-Mobile)
Samsung Galaxy S II, Epic 4G Touch
Samsung Galaxy S II (AT&T)
Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket (Leaked update available)
Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD
Samsung Galaxy R
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 LTE
Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus
Samsung devices that will not be updated to Android 4.0
Samsung Galaxy S
Samsung Galaxy S Captivate
Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate
Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7
Devices not listed here have not currently been commented on by Samsung