Apr 24 AT 9:23 AM Nick Gray 32 Comments

Official Samsung Android 4.0 update list – April


Many are waiting to see what Samsung will unveil on May 5th, but those who currently own a Samsung phone are probably just as interested to know when their current phone will be updated to Android 4.0. Fortunately for U.S. customers, Samsung has just updated a support page on its site, revealing a comprehensive list of handsets which will be updated to Android 4.0 “as quickly and smoothly as possible.”

Samsung is in close communication with both Google and our carrier partners to upgrade devices to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich as quickly and as smoothly as possible.Samsung

Samsung’s list includes handsets and tablets from all major U.S. carriers – except for T-Mobile. Samsung’s support page claims that they are “in close communication with T-Mobile to ensure that eligible devices are upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in the coming months”  and will update us once more details are available. While the majority of Samsung’s most recent devices were named, Samsung failed give us specific dates as to when the Android 4.0 updates will be rolled out.

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.

Latest Android 4.0 update news from Samsung

Samsung devices currently running Android 4.0

Samsung Galaxy Nexus (Global/LTE)
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (unreleased)
Samsung Galaxy S II (Global)
Samsung Nexus S (Global/AT&T/T-Mobile/Sprint)

Samsung devices officially named to receive the Android 4.0 update

Samsung Galaxy Note (Global)
Samsung Galaxy Note (AT&T)
Samsung Galaxy S II (AT&T)
Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch
Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket
Samsung Captivate Glide
Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 (AT&T)
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (Verizon)
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 (Verizon)
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Wi-Fi
Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Wi-Fi
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Wi-Fi

Samsung devices expected to receive the Android 4.0 update

Samsung Galaxy S II (T-Mobile)
Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD
Samsung Galaxy Blaze 4G

Samsung devices not expected to receive the Android 4.0 update

Samsung Galaxy S
Samsung Galaxy S Captivate
Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate
Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7
Samsung Galaxy R
Samsung Exhibit II 4G
Samsung Gravity Smart
Samsung Dart

Source: The Verge

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Pretty ROBUST list… makes me take a second look at the 8.9 tab for when the price drops again…

    • jonathan3579

      It’s a robust list for everyone but T-Mobile. I’ve been keeping up with all the ICS leaks and their devices are the only ones who’ve yet to receive one.

      THIS is the very reason why carrier-branded devices are the absolute worst and now that Google is selling the Galaxy Nexus (which means a warranty!!!) in the US, I’d have to call this game changing. The specs may not be revolutionary but I’d say it is relatively future proof.

      • teecruz

        THIS is why I left T-Mobile! I love them. I really do (or did).

        But AT&T left with lack of customer support, devices, AND as always updates.
        wasn’t impressed.

  • Steve

    Notice how (once again) the T-Mobile Galaxy S II is left off the list of “official” upgrades.
    After the horrible way Samsung left the T-Mobile Galaxy S Vibrant in the dust, I will never buy a Samsung phone. Granted I could root my phone but I shouldn’t have to.
    Same thing goes for the Galaxy S II, it could be rooted and have ICS installed on it, but, again, I shouldn’t have to. Besides, if Samsung doesn’t update the drivers for the modem, rooting the phone to ICS won’t matter anyway cause I wouldn’t be able to get a satellite lock.
    Never again, Samsung.

    • Dj cat

      bad enough, no matter if someone buys a recent phone, a few months later they make new firmware or new phones. Thats just money wasted for us customers. Just like Apple. the X lion OS was recent and out of nowhere they have Mountain Lion, and new macbooks came out. like wtf…. the iPhone 4S was not too long ago, Now iPhone 5???? windows 7 didnt last long, now windows 8????? whats next? Playstation 4 comes out and out of nowhere PS5? The PSP wasnt that old, not the PS vita… like they are either moving too fast to make us spend more on new products or theyre making us spend more on new products for most of us who like to be updated. Companies are so stupid. I swear… Also the iPad. Ipad 3 was a few months old. Now the iPad mini. This world is going to hell….

  • kazahani

    lol at the Vibrant making the “Not expected to be updated” list.

    Pretty obvious that it won’t get ICS since it’s actually still running 2.2 froyo.

    • Dj cat

      Yeah its pretty messed up that they won’t make an update for the Vibrant. I still have mine and its sad because i wouldnt be able to upgrade and even if i do, there goes this phone. at the time the sidekick lx was still working, my brother bought a new one and a few weeks later Tmobile stopped the sidekick service, before the sidekick android came out. thats money lost. Now i have to waste more money buying a recent version phone. I would do the unofficial update for my vibrant but it wont be as good as the phones of now. Samsung or whoever should stop effin around and realize that not everyone is gonna upgrade phones everytime a new one comes out!!!! they should at least make new firmware to keep the older froyo up to date for us who still have the first android phones….. Technology sucks!!!

  • Aaron Webb

    It appears Samsung has abandoned the Galaxy Player line. I’d sure like to see it updated.

    • EddieT

      the Galaxy Player 4″ and 5″ is a Single Core 1 Ghz device. It does not have enough processing power to adequately use Ice Cream Sandwich/Android 4.0 ~ this is why it is not getting the upgrade

      • Adam Schmidt

        Although the Samsung vibrant is also a single core 1 Ghz device, it can actually handle 4.1 (and 4.0) really well ~root

      • Francisco

        if you see sony xperia Tipo, it have android 4.0 and it have a single processor at 800Mhz but the galaxy has 1ghz

  • Nigel

    What about non-US customers? There are other countries on the planet…

    • Cpp

      I’m in Canada. The last week I’ve been in US(where my Nexus S(ROGERS) was roamed with AT&T), I was pleasantly surprised when my phone was updated to Android 4.04 when I’ve connected to the hotel’s WI-FI.
      Things run smooth, and I would say little faster.

  • Joel

    Thanks for the post Nick. I gotta say, though, that without any hints towards the dates though ill keep my ‘believe it when I see it’ vibe.
    I have the Epic Touch and I have a feeling in my gut that ICS wont be coming until after the SG3 is released…

  • Andrea

    It’s actually not Awnings fault that tmobiles sgs2 doesn’t have ics…so those who say “I will never buy a Samsung phone again” need to blame the carrier. Tmobile is notorious for not getting out timely updates or updating at all. Samsung has already handed over ics to Tmobile, it’s now up to Tmobile to tweek it to their liking and push it out.

    • Steve

      True, the carriers bear some responsibility for not getting upgrades out to their phones. However, as was the case with the Galaxy S Vibrant, Samsung made available one (count them, one) upgrade; from Eclair (which shipped on the phone) to Froyo. Then Samsung (not T-Mobile) stated that the modem in the Vibrant was “wonky” (not the official term they used, mind you) and that was the reason development stopped on the Vibrant.
      That’s the part that bother me. The fact that they made a product and then seemingly decided that it wasn’t worth developing further than the first 6 months.
      Just seems a little shady if you ask me…

      • Andrea

        I agree Steve….I too had the vibrant and they strung us along for a long time before dishing out the bad news. Then they said the vibrant 4g would get gingerbread, which was a slap in the face to the vibrant since the specs were basically the same. But that never came to be either. Both phones were/are capable of updating to GB. Imo

        • EddieT

          Hello. Buying a phone nowadays is like buying a car. Everyone should do their homework. Most people who follow the forums know that any device that is not a dual core will not get the ICS update, since those with lower specs can not handle powering the new OS. Your device, the Samsung Vibrant, released June 2010, is a Single Core 1 Ghz. It was built for those who wanted a big Vibrant screen (it was the first phone to get Super AMOLED), lower consumer cost than a dual-core device, and better battery life than past Android smart phones. Most if not all devices receiving the ICS update were released January 2011 to present 2012

  • Andrea

    *Samsung*…..not “awnings”! Dang you Swype.

  • Michael

    Just upgraded to the Galaxy Note last weekend. Headed straight to XDA to get some ICS lovin’. I’m not very encouraged by all the talk of Samsung updates without any hint as to dates. I’ll be stickin’ with XDA for the future.

    • Andrea

      I just bought the international Galaxy Note and it seems ics for the n7000 will be out next month. I’m very curious to see how the updates differ from the international unlocked phones versus my carrier, T-Mobile…..I’m sure the international will get much faster and timely updates. I’m actually very surprised Samsung released a device like the GNote with 2.3.6…a device like this should be on jellybean for petes sakes!

  • km

    Did you say no update for galaxy r whoa

  • Simon

    ICS was released last year and they are still struggling to get it out to their devices?

  • oshhh

    I feel cheated. I bought galaxy r just for the reason that it will get ics. Now it’s off the list. Sick .

  • seabass978

    I will never buy another t-mobile device again just because of either no support or slow support to their lines of phones. Lucky I sold my vibrant to my brother who doesn’t know too much about phones. I do have the amaze 4g but will be last, u want to sell it for the unlock unbranded galaxy nexus which will be my best move unless Sony brings out the next play 2?

  • Nathan D.

    It always T-Mobile that left out in the cold :-(

  • BigCiX

    This isn’t anything new. Every carrier and phone maker lag on android updates here in the U.S.

  • Stakis1

    So I have the Nexus S on at&t in the US and this list says i should already have 4.0…. Yet my phone is still running 2.3.4. I go to system update and it says i have the most up to date software. WTF?????!!!!!

  • gonzo

    wow! first promised ICS for galaxy r cause it’s almost as strong device as galaxy s2 and now they cheat us!!! wow! samsung! never f******ckin buying another vacuum cleaner form you, not to mention smatrphone!!!

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  • Jabbar

    Super one, Much more better than Gingerbread. No bugs, everything is working just perfect. A big thanks to this creators.


    no need to back up anything. Trust me, even thoufh i kept a backup. I didnt loose any of my apps n contacts n messages. U can just update by Odin