Samsung Galaxy S2 Ice Cream Sandwich Upgrade Announced for Europe

Samsung has finally decided to spill the beans on when the Ice Cream Sandwich upgrades will begin rolling out for the Galaxy S2 smartphone.

The updates will first become available in Europe with other areas following shortly after.

"Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd, the global leader in Android smartphones, today announced the availability of Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) software upgrade for Galaxy S2," read the press release.

"The upgrade will begin in European countries including Poland, Hungary, and Sweden, as well as Korea today and gradually roll out to other markets," added the company.

The press release also states that other mobile devices including the Galaxy Note, Galaxy S2 LTE, Galaxy R, Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus 7.7, 8.9, and 10.1 will all receive the Android 4.0 upgrade very soon following the Galaxy S2.

The demand seems to be the highest for the device that Samsung branded the "iPhone killer" shortly before its release back in 2011.

Samsung also revealed the status of its Android 2.3 Gingerbread updates in the press release.

"Samsung Electronics has completed upgrading the Galaxy devices to Gingerbread last year by providing software upgrades to both Froyo and Gingerbread," said Samsung. "With the ICS upgrade, Samsung Electronics has solidified its position as the leader of Android devices."

The company also announced firmware updates for Gingerbread devices including the Galaxy S, Galaxy Tab 7", Galaxy S Plus, Galaxy S SCL (Super Clear LCD), and Galaxy W that will roll out at the end of this month.

"We expect that our customers will enjoy an enhanced experience with the Galaxy device through this upgrade. Samsung is committed to our customer needs," said J.K. Shin, President of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics.

The upgrade release dates will vary on different carriers and with different variants of the smartphone.