Notorious industry insider Eldar Murtazin has made yet another forward-looking statement, this time regarding Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and one very special Samsung device. This leaves just one question in our minds: Is this one of his hits, or is it another miss?
According to a tweet (below) from the Moscow-based blogger, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich will be delivered to the Samsung Galaxy S II. After its regional offices had announced which devices would receive ICS, Samsung confirmed in December that the GS II, the Galaxy Note, and Galaxy Tab models will get Android 4.0 in the first quarter of 2012.
Android 4 aka ics for sgs2 will be officially available from march 1(depends from country/operator). Update over the air or using kies
— Eldar Murtazin (@eldarmurtazin) February 10, 2012
Murtazin’s comments are in line with the time-table given by Samsung, but his prediction seems to exclude the Galaxy Tabs and the Note. At the same time, the Galaxy S II is in over 10 million hands so perhaps Mr. Murtazin just decided to lead with the flagship. Or he only has information on the Galaxy S II.
Either way, this gives us something fun to think about.
Even if the Galaxy Tab and Note updates are released a little bit after the Galaxy S II, chances are we can assume that the much-anticipated Galaxy S III will launch with ICS.
Here’s why: The GS III isn’t launching at MWC. If Murtazin is right about a March 1 OTA update, and the GS III launch is undoubtedly post-March 1, it’s pretty safe to assume that ICS will be ready to ship on the GS III along with its predecessor.