Samsung Galaxy S2 Release Date: AT&T Skyrocket to Upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich in 2012

The Samsung Galaxy S2 Skyrocket will receive an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich sometime in 2012, announced AT&T during the Nov. 6 launch of the smartphone variant on its network.

The Galaxy S2 Skyrocket is one of the first 4G LTE smartphones powered by AT&T. The HTC Vivid 4G LTE, also released on Nov. 6, will update to Ice Cream Sandwich in 2012, according to technology website TFTS.

Since the Oct. 19 unveiling of Ice Cream Sandwich, consumers have anticipated which smartphones will receive Ice Cream Sandwich updates.

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Several manufacturers, including HTC, Motorola, LG, ASUS and Sony Ericsson, have confirmed a number of their devices for updates.

Reports indicated Samsung confirmed the Galaxy S2 and the Google Nexus S smartphones for Ice Cream Sandwich updates but the manufacturer has not made an official statement about its rerelease plans in the United States.

Recently, Samsung Italy reported the Samsung Galaxy S2 would receive an Ice Cream Sandwich update by the second quarter of 2012, as well as the Galaxy Note smartphone and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 8.9 tablets.

However, release dates are known to vary according the country. The Galaxy S2 was not introduced to the U.S. until September and October for AT&T, when it had been released internationally in April.

Gaurav Hasabnis, an industry analyst and contributing editor for, recently left a comment on Twitter on Oct. 25, hinting that the Galaxy S2 should receive Ice Cream Sandwich update by 2012.

Most smartphones scheduled for Ice Cream Sandwich updates are expected to re-release in 2012.

The release date of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the first smartphone to power Ice Cream Sandwich also remains unconfirmed. However, industry insiders speculate a Nov. 21 release date or a release during or after Black Friday weekend.

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