Printed from http://www.electronista.com

Unlocked Galaxy S II to be last to get Android 4.0

updated 10:55 pm EDT, Wed April 4, 2012

Must await testing by all wireless providers

UK Samsung Galaxy S II owners, who bought unlocked versions of the Android smartphone, may have to wait a while longer to get the Android 4.0 (ICS) update. The phone vendor has confirmed that the update will be made available to them, but only after all mobile operators have finished testing the release on their networks. This means that those who bought the phones unlocked, or "SIM-free" as it is called in the UK, have been sent to the back of the queue.

Samsung began rolling out the update in the UK mid-March. Many UK customers paid a premium up front to get unlocked phones with the expectation that they would be the first to get the Android 4.0 update. Samsung, however, claims that because the unlocked phones could be used on any network, they had to be tested on all networks first for compatibility. Carriers such as Three or O2, whose first obligation is to their customers who either bought locked phones through them or their retail agents, are focusing on that existing base first.

Samsung has made no apology for its prioritization of who gets Android 4.0 first and who will be last. It has acknowledged that it could have handled communications better and has learned from the experience. Updating other devices, such as the Galaxy Note, the company suggests, "will be a lot quicker." [via CNET]





By Electronista Staff
toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Advertisement

Recent Reviews

Seagate Wireless

It seems like no matter how much internal storage is included today's mobile devices, we, as users, will always find a way to fill the ...

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 (Android, 10.1-inch)

Lenovo is building a bigger name for itself year after year, including its devices expanding beyond desktop computers. The company's l ...

Brother HL-L8250CDN Color Laser Printer

When it comes to selecting a printer, the process is not exactly something most people put a lot of thought into. Printers are often t ...

Advertisement

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News