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O2 U.K. Rolls Out Ice Cream Sandwich Update for Samsung Galaxy S II

Galaxy S II with ICS

O2 subscribers rocking a Samsung Galaxy S II will finally get their Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update today. The carrier posted a tweet this morning to confirm that the software has been released, and that it’s now available to download via the Samsung Kies app.

As you’d expect with an Android release from Samsung, the original Ice Cream Sandwich user interface has been mostly stripped out to make way for the Korean company’s TouchWiz UI. That’s unlikely to bother you, however, if you’re used to using Samsung devices.

You’ll still be able to enjoy Ice Cream Sandwich’s new features, and you can now gain access to those apps and games designed specifically for Android 4.0 devices, such as Google’s Chrome Beta web browser.

This update has been available to Galaxy S II owners with unlocked devices for around one month. Those on a contract have had to wait, however, while carriers completed their testing. O2 is now the second operator in the U.K. to issue the update, following Three’s release earlier this month.

Vodafone looks set to be the third, after issuing a preparatory update last week that promises to “optimize” the Galaxy S II for the imminent ICS release.

If you’re an O2 customer, have you installed Ice Cream Sandwich on your Galaxy S II yet?

[via SlashGear]

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