Samsung confirmed in an official blog post today that some of its Galaxy SII smartphone and Galaxy Note tablet models would get an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich software update starting in the first quarter of 2012.
“Other Galaxy devices will soon follow,” wrote the South Korean electronics giant in the post. A list of upgradeable Galaxy tablets and smartphones includes the Galaxy SII, Galaxy SII LTE, Galaxy Note, Galaxy R, Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy Tab 8.9, Galaxy Tab 7.7 and Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus.
“For upgradable models, Samsung will make separate announcements on details of OS updates schedule for each market according to market situation and carriers’ requirements,” said the company.
Other vendors separately released their Android 4.0 upgrade plans, including Motorola, HTC, LG, Huawei and Sony Ericsson. Both Motorola and Sony Ericsson recently blogged about the challenges of releasing timely software updates for Android devices in an effort to mitigate the public perception that vendors are not doing enough to reduce the Android platform fragmentation. The posts, however, prompted PCMag.com to proclaim the Android Update Alliance as “already dead” before it even took off.