Not to be outdone by Apple with its recent iOS 5.1 announcement, nor HTC with its rollout to Sensations in Nordic countries, Samsung has announced that it will make the Android 4.0 ICS update for the International SGS2 (GT-I9100) available through Kies 2.0 on March 10th. 

The update will be also available OTA, but Kies 2.0 usually ends up being the most advisable way to go for Samsung device updates. According to the release the update supports face unlock, android beam, mobile data usage monitoring, and will not support flash or bluetooth 3.0 HS due to OS limitations. The Kies update will require 60 MB of free space, whereas the FOTA update will require 350 MB for the install. 

The update notes that there's no supported upgrade path from customized or unofficial previous firmware, so now is probably a good time to revert to a stock ROM if you intend to try the final update out. I've got my GT-I9100 ready and waiting, and we'll be sure to check it out and update with any performance updates.

Update: In a tweet (below), Samsung has recalled news of the update hitting March 10th. Samsung's announcement was prematurely posted by Samsung Filipino and the March 10th date is no longer valid. 

Source: Samsung

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  • sigmatau - Thursday, March 8, 2012 - link

    Will we have to wait 5 months for the update like we did for the phone?
  • Herp Derpson - Thursday, March 8, 2012 - link

    Yes you do. this comes with
    a)Each carrier using their own proprietary network with asinine frequencies.
    b)Subsidized model instead of honestly paying for phone.

    Imagine if every carrier used the same frequencies - you just buy international version of device, use it with any carrier you like and recieve updates from samsung when they ready. Plus no carrier crapware and shit like locked bootloaders.
  • Omega215D - Sunday, March 11, 2012 - link

    Instead of speaking like an ignorant foreigner you would see that the history of airwaves on why we use different frequencies in the US, just like South America using their own 450MHz frequencies in certain areas.
  • abhaxus - Thursday, March 8, 2012 - link

    The leaks for the Epic Touch on Sprint are super close to being complete. I have been using one as my daily driver for a week now, and have been very happy. It stutters in places where GB wouldn't, but it also is smoother in places GB wouldn't be. Plus tegrak isn't supporting ICS for the ET yet, so you can't overclock. So it's not really fair to compare my ET at 1.5ghz on GB vs 1.2 ghz on ICS. Can't wait till there's source code for the devs to get AOSP running properly :)
  • Paulman - Friday, March 9, 2012 - link

    Finally! I've been waiting for quite a while for this :) Now I know one thing I'll be looking forward to this weekend... backing up my i9100 for the first time ever (using Kies) and upgrading to Ice Cream Sandwich.
  • mwarner1 - Friday, March 9, 2012 - link

    I am sure the forums will be filled with 'I can't upgrade to ICS' over the next few days, due to carrier specific or region specific firmwares awaiting approval.

    If any of you guys are keen on getting your hands on the released SGSII ICS build I would highly recommend going down the route of downloading the firmware yourself (the best place to get the latest samsung firmwares is and flashing your firmware with ODIN.

    I realise people are worried about flashing their phones, but ODIN is the tool that Samsung engineers themselves use to flash firmwares and it is incredibly easy, and no more risky than flashing via Kies. Also you guys are all supposed to be geeks - you should relish this sort of thing :)
  • Omega215D - Sunday, March 11, 2012 - link

    It's both Verizon and Samsung. The phone was held back from being released due to Samsung fixing a bug, this while verizon needed to deal with issues on their new LTE network.

    Samsung was never that great with issuing updates.
  • kittypuncher - Friday, March 9, 2012 - link

    But apparently Samsung's Twitter account is saying March 10th is a mistake. I thought something was wrong with a "saturday" release date.
    Oh well... the waiting continues...
  • Visual - Friday, March 9, 2012 - link

    Yup, they meant 3rd of October, but someone somewhere got the weird idea that the month in a date is written first...
  • kittypuncher - Friday, March 9, 2012 - link

    America does use the MMDDYY format. Being an American living in the UK, this gets me into trouble regularly. :)

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