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Samsung Galaxy S2 Ice Cream Sandwich a no "Post PC" update

April 17, 2012, 8:05 PM — Samsung reportedly updating the Samsung Galaxy S2 from Gingerbread 2.3 to Android Ice Cream Sandwich or ICS 4.0 version. But the problem is, the update is still “very traditional,” bypassing the easier, and the “Google way.”

How to update the operating system of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus? First, you need to access the settings, and go find the software update and wait for the confirmation from Google’s cloud, very simple! Now, how about the iPhone?  Well, you need to access the setting app too, and find the “software update,” a very simple and very “post PC” feature of Apple’s new operating system generation, the iOS 5.

The Galaxy Nexus and the iPhones, apparently, offer the easiest way to update the operating system: Wireless, fastest, easiest, and very modern.

With the Samsung Galaxy S2, however, the process is not easy, and arguably very complicated. First, you need a computer, a traditional computer. Then, you need to plug the device using Samsung’s USB cord, and wait for the device to sync with the PC and Samsung’s software called Kies which you can download online.

According to TechRadar, Samsung is now updating the Samsung Galaxy S2 from Gingerbread to Android 4.0, the latest and greatest version of Android yet which supports new features, like Chrome for Android, better YouTube UI, better Gmail UI, better multitasking, and better management of data, apps and widgets — all better, but Samsung’s process of updating is nowhere near the word “better.”

Wait, there’s more, the new update is available only in Europe, and the report added that the widely anticipated software upgrade is available only for the unlocked Samsung Galaxy S2, and customers in United States still need to wait.

If you’re an advanced user, you can also Google “leaked ROMs” for the Samsung Galaxy, and if I’m not mistaken, ATT’s variant is one of the devices supported by the hacking community.

The Samsung Galaxy S2 is the best Android smartphone last year, and the most popular too based on sales, beating other high-end Android devices. Research firms say the S2 alone has proven that Samsung is Apple’s biggest smartphone rival. This year, Samsung is expected to announce a new device.


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