There is only a week left until the Samsung Galaxy S III finally arrives on the market, but it seems like Samsung has not yet abandoned its former flagship device, the Galaxy S II. As of today, if you are looking to buy the last year flagship you will also get a treat with it out of the box. The treat comes in the form of Android 4.0.4 ICS and this can only mean that Samsung is still looking to make a profit out of its Galaxy S II line even after the Galaxy S III is released.
So far, the information about Galaxy S II coming out of the box with Android 4.0 ICS has only been confirmed from India, but it very likely that the in the next couple of days or weeks, every Galaxy S II sold worldwide will come with the new OS out of the box. This is especially good for those of us who are too lazy or unwilling to make an update of our own, or for those who simply do not have a Wi Fi connection at home or do not have access to a plan with unlimited data.
The ones of you who already have the Galaxy S II can approve that the ICS update has been available for quite some time for their device, but it always nice to know that the manufacturer is still caring for their older devices and is spearing you the hassle of having to do the update yourself.
There is one catch to this offer: if you want to buy a Galaxy S II running on ICS out of the box you will have to dig a little bit deeper and ask for a device that has been imported in April 2012 or later. It seems like the batches of S II’s made after the third month of 2012 all contain the ICS update pre installed. If you do however buy a Galaxy S II and it doesn’t have Android 4.0.4 ICS out of the box do not despair, as the update has been available for several months and you can easily apply it in just a couple of minutes if you a Wi Fi connection around.
After all the hassle of waiting for the Galaxy S III, and waiting for the Android 4.0 ICS for the Galaxy S II I am sure that many of you would have simply concluded that Samsung will probably not install the update from the factory, but the South Korean giant sure knows how to make its customers happy.