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While popular Android smartphones and tablets received unofficial ports to the latest version of Android i.e. 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich a long time ago, manufacturers are only now gearing up for the official release. HTC has officially stated that most of their top-of-the-line devices will be updated “later this year” and Samsung did say that the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note will receive ICS in Q1 2012 with updates for other devices to “soon follow”.

Now, according to a well-known industry insider, Samsung will be releasing Ice Cream Sandwich for the Galaxy S II on March 1st. Details after the jump!

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The news comes from SlashGear – a popular blog which covers consumer electronics and the technology that powers them – in the form of a post in which they discuss industry insider Eldar Murtazin’s claim of Galaxy S II receiving Android 4.0 on March 1st with Galaxy Note’s update following shortly after.

From SlashGear:

Samsung’s Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade for the Galaxy S II will reportedly drop from March 1st, according to inside intel from the firm, with the Galaxy Note Android 4.0 update due shortly after.

The date Eldar Murtazin has mentioned is a pretty specific one. Instead of claiming a time period like, for example AllThingsD’s announcement report for iPad 3, he has mentioned a particular day. We were a little skeptical because of this, but then again, Murtazin has a nice track record of claiming things like these, so we trust him.

According to Murtazin, the update will be available over the air (OTA) or with Samsung’s KIES desktop software. This update will most probably be for the international version of the Galaxy S II since its variants in the US on wireless carriers generally take their sweet time for rolling out of new updates.

We will keep you informed about the Galaxy S II ICS update, so stay tuned to Redmond Pie!

If you’re the type who doesn’t like waiting for manufacturers to release updates, you can always try any of the ICS ROMs developed and released by Android’s vibrant developer/hacker community:

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