Feeds

Samsung Galaxy S II punters get a lick of Ice Cream Sarnie

Older models fed Gingerbread+

Seven Steps to Software Security

Samsung has started upgrading its handsets, with the Galaxy S II getting Ice Cream Sandwich. The aging Galaxy S, meanwhile, will be upgraded to Gingerbread with extra bits.

They include face-unlocking and a photo editor, but it's the Galaxy S II and the Samsung tablets – including the Note – that will get a full upgrade to Android 4.

Lucky users in Poland, Hungary, Sweden and Korea are already starting to see the update being offered. Here in the UK we've got another week or so to wait before we get to unlock our phones with a smile.

Samsung's tablets will be leapfrogging Honeycomb to run Ice Cream Sandwich, bringing the excitement of a new font (Roboto) and snappier UI as well as the aforementioned unlock-by-face functionality.

Ice Cream Sandwich follows on from the tablet-specific Honeycomb, Android 3. ICS is supposed to unify the tablet and phone versions of Android, but given that many Android tablets are running Gingerbread or Froyo - both Android 2 - Honeycomb is perhaps best viewed as an experimental version which never took off.

Motorola was one of the few tablet manufacturers to embrace Honeycomb, making it slightly ironic that its own plans for ICE migration are so lacklustre. Americans who bought the 3G-capable Xoom tablet don't even have a timetable yet, but with Google spitting out a new Android version every six months it's not easy for handset manufacturers to keep up.

Nor is it clear how long other manufacturers can afford to chase Google's lead. Porting each new version of Android is expensive, but handset buyers expect manufacturers to provide free OS upgrades, at least until their network operator is prepared to subsidise them for the latest hardware. ®

Mobile application security vulnerability report

More from The Register

next story
Apple fanbois SCREAM as update BRICKS their Macbook Airs
Ragegasm spills over as firmware upgrade kills machines
HIDDEN packet sniffer spy tech in MILLIONS of iPhones, iPads – expert
Don't panic though – Apple's backdoor is not wide open to all, guru tells us
Mozilla fixes CRITICAL security holes in Firefox, urges v31 upgrade
Misc memory hazards 'could be exploited' - and guess what, one's a Javascript vuln
NO MORE ALL CAPS and other pleasures of Visual Studio 14
Unpicking a packed preview that breaks down ASP.NET
Captain Kirk sets phaser to SLAUGHTER after trying new Facebook app
William Shatner less-than-impressed by Zuck's celebrity-only app
Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months
The real winner of the Nokia sale is *drumroll* ... Nokia
EU dons gloves, pokes Google's deals with Android mobe makers
El Reg cops a squint at investigatory letters
Chrome browser has been DRAINING PC batteries for YEARS
Google is only now fixing ancient, energy-sapping bug
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.