With the release of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich late last year, it was only expected that smartphone manufacturers move their schedules around to accommodate the development of ICS for the handsets in their respective lineups. Back in the day, we saw Samsung taking the initiative in keeping the users of its handsets updated with regard to the status of ICS development that the company is undertaking. As early as late last year, the manufacturer already confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy S II will get upgraded to ICS in the first quarter of 2012, a promise Samsung was able to keep when it rolled out the ICS update for the handset back in February.
The same could not be expected however when it came to the carrier-branded versions of the Galaxy S II. Generally, these devices experienced delays in getting the ICS update because their carriers also have an input with regard to the development of the update itself. This is the exact same reason as to why the Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch from Sprint is still stuck in the Gingerbread generation until now.
Which is sad really, because there were reports in the past that the handset will actually be the first carrier-branded version of the Galaxy S II in US shores to get upgraded to ICS. Looking back, Sprint was reported in the past to be in the final phase of preparation of the ICS update for the handset. This led to speculations that the Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch will get the ICS update ahead of the pack – speculations that did not pan out because we all know that the HTC Vivid 4G from AT&T got first dibs on the ICS update in US shores.
Sad to say, users of the Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch are still waiting for the ICS update to finally land on the device but unfortunately, there have been no recent updates as to when we can expect the update to get rolled out. Samsung however already confirmed that the handset will indeed get the Android 4.0 refresh but there has been no solid word from the manufacturer as to when exactly this will happen.
As for the Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch, this is the Sprint variant of the former flagship device of Samsung and is as impressive as the original version. Similar to the original Galaxy S II, the Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch kept the Samsung Exynos chipset in its internals which gives the smartphone a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor and a full gigabyte of RAM in addition to its dedicated Mali-400MP graphics chip. The handset packs an internal storage pegged at 16GB which is actually expandable using the microSD card slot of the handset. The standout feature of the smartphone though is its glorious and very vivid 4.52-inch SuperAMOLED Plus display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. Its camera department on the other hand is just as impressive with the rear 8MP shooter of the handset capable of recording 1080p clips while its front-facing 2MP camera lets a user capture self-portraits and enjoy video chats with family and friends.