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With Android 4.0 being publicly available since November 2011, users might be forgiven for wondering why their device can’t benefit from the features that Ice Cream Sandwich brings. After all, when Apple releases an update to iOS, users can generally grab the latest version immediately as long as the hardware supports the update. Users of several premium handsets, such as the Samsung Galaxy S II have been waiting for a number of weeks for Samsung to finally announce when they will be allowing users to update to Android 4.0 ICS.

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The official Facebook page of Samsung Israel seems to be giving users the long awaited good news that Ice Cream Sandwich is at last coming to their Galaxy S II devices. The guys over at AndroidCentral have provided a rough translation of the post from Samsung Israel:

We promised we were working on it. You waited patiently. And on 15 March it’ll arrive: Android version 4, ICS, to tens of thousands of GALAXY S II devices purchased from cellular companies in the country or directly from us. We are very excited for the launch, hope you are too :)

The news coming from Samsung Israel is obviously promising and should be taken in a positive light. But the fact remains that it is well overdue and only specifically applies to Galaxy S II handsets which were purchased in Israel, with no word about owners in other worldwide markets set to receive the update. The update process has to start somewhere however, and the fact that Samsung have officially announced that it will begin in ten days time in Israel is definitely a positive move.

Owners who are located in the United States, and other territories may find themselves having to wait a little bit longer due to fact that the hardware varies from carrier to carrier, but we will stay all eagle eyes for further announcements coming out of Samsung’s official channels. Certain tech reporters are also suggesting that Samsung actually had the Ice Cream Sandwich update ready since the middle of February, but has been unable to push it out until they get the green light from Google to do so. If this is the case, it certainly doesn’t represent a positive experience for users of these devices.

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