Jun 12 AT 8:16 AM Nick Gray 32 Comments

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II Android 4.0.3 update now available


The Android 4.0.3 update for the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II is now available. The update went live at 10PM last night, but don’t expect the update to magically appear on your phone. Unlike most other Android manufacturers, Samsung will not be pushing out the update over the air. Instead, T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II owners will need to use Samsung’s Kies software on a desktop computer to download and install the update.

The Android 4.0 update incorporates the majority of the new features Google introduced with Ice Cream Sandwich, but users will have to dig to find them since Samsung’s TouchWiz UI will not look much different than the previous version. To learn more about all the changes included in the new software build, T-Mobile has put together a detailed “Top 10 things to know about TouchWiz Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS): Samsung Galaxy S II” page on its support site.

So what are you waiting for? Let us know how the update goes and how you like your Samsung Galaxy S II running on Ice Cream Sandwich.

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Source: Samsung

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • Alexander drzfr3shboialex

    hooray T-Mobile. updated 3phones to ics

  • YellowDucati

    Welcome Galaxy SII to the Ice Creamyness.

    • Jon Garrett

      I’ve all but given up on hoping to get ICS for my Galaxy S II, Galaxy Note and Galaxy Tab 10.1

  • Jeffrey

    This would have been good news for me 2 months ago. I have since moved on to the Galaxy Nexus

  • Angie Wimberly

    Kies does not seem user friendly to me. I have to enter the model number, which is easy to find in the phone settings, but they suggest looking underneath the battery where it is listed in a condensed font and as small as can be. Then I have to figure out which model number to use because it is listed twice in a drop-down menu and each has a different second set of numbers (which isn’t the IMEI that they are highlighting in the diagram as if I’m supposed to enter that). I can’t find either of the second set of numbers anywhere.

    Anyone know the difference between “SGH-T989 | SGH – T989ZKBTMB” and “SGH-T989 | T989ZWBTMB” (essentially whether I should choose K or W)?

    How is this preferred over an OTA?

    • R.S

      K = Titanium version.
      W= White version

      Why the color makes a difference is beyond me!

      I tried updating my phone last night but wasn’t able to. If I am understanding correctly, according to T-Mobile’s website ( http://t.co/JK8Oe3kF ), you need to wait until you receive a notification on your phone in order to be able to download ICS.

      Under Settings —–> Software update, my phone still states “No Firmware” so I’m assuming thats why I wasn’t able to download ICS.

      • jonathan3579

        Just hook your phone up to Kies and you’ll be good to go.

      • Angie Wimberly

        Thank you :)

    • Angie Wimberly

      I was doing this in a really stupid roundabout way. Go figure.

  • GE918

    When it scans for Kies air server it doesn’t recognize my Mac, why not?

  • Nathan D.

    Finally, it’s about time this version of the GSII gets it

    • Da Android God

      Yet the SGIII comes out in under two weeks. =).

  • adam

    Look to me the look of leak rom Android 4.0.4 os droid RAZR look better then this feel stockish.

  • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

    Why on earth would they do it this way instead of as an OTA? That makes no sense at all to me!

    • Da Android God

      That is Samsung for you.

    • Angie Wimberly

      No one liked when I said the same thing!

  • Michael N

    Can anyone confirm if the Holo theme is buried in there somewhere? I’m so sick of this TouchWiz crap ruining my phone. Maybe this will get the XDA developers some code to work with for a AOSP build.

    • nindroid

      I have no idea why people keep complaining about touchwiz. Just get Apex launcher from the play store or something! Plus I think touchwiz has some useful additions (quick settings in notification tray

  • Kenneth Ohonba

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  • Ulrik Borg

    Got the 4.0.3. update OTA today in Sweden on my SGS2, so don’t blame Samsung for not providing OTA updates, it’s likely T-mobile causing the problem.
    Not sure what’s the difference from the earlier ICS version I had though. Perhaps they’ve fixed the problem with resizing widgets.Ah, nope, still not working. Useless!

  • Michael

    My Galaxy S2 is rooted but with stock ROM. If I use Kies, will I be successful in upgrading to ICS and then just have to root my phone again?

  • robinthoms2
  • vashonm

    My phone crash’s and restart more than ever with this update, and all my setting’s and contacts are messed up I wish i can remove it or or go back to my nexus one.

  • rdubyah

    Congrats! The more GS2′s that have ICS the better! Hopefully the MMC_CAP_ERASE hardbrick doesn’t affect you guys, just kidding it’s only raping us exynos 4210 chipset users

  • diana

    Wait i need help ! So i can’t upgrade the new software myself righr now ?

  • diana

    Wait i need help ! so i cant upgrade the new software myself ?

  • stephen bloch

    Upgrade to OS system has to be done manually!You have gone back to the stone age!

  • jainkartik03

    how to update my sony ericsson xperia neo v 2.3.4 to 4.0 through computer???

    or can i directly update through my phone?

  • Bill

    Not sure what the (&^%*$) problem with the Samsung Kies Software for the Samsung Galaxy Note.
    When I connect my USB and the software program runs….I get a big WHITE BOX that appears and nothing. I have to close out the program…start again….then the (F’ing) white box appears again.

    I’ve NEVER been able to get this “Kies” Software to work on my computer.
    C’mon Samsung….PUT the updates ON your (F’n) network so I don’t have to go through this shit wasting my time!!!!! >:(

  • david

    I have tried to upgrade for a hundred times but I really can’t make it … My Kies Air won’t lep me upgrade it , so what can I do ?

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  • naymakha

    screen lock problem