Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade for Vodafone/3 Samsung Galaxy S II available from midday tomorrow

Vodafone has just tweeted an update advising that owners of the Samsung Galaxy S II from either 3 or Vodafone should start to see the Ice Cream Sandwich update available via FOTA(Firmware Over The Air) for their phone from midday tomorrow(May 2nd). The upgrade will be to Android 4.0.3 and as well as bug fixes and enhancements it will include many new features including : Speed and performance enhancements Folders of your favourite apps right on your homescreen Improved keyboard input and error correction Face Unlock – unlock your phone with a smile Data Usage Meter Improved voice detection including voice typing Enhanced multitasking interface Resizable... Continue reading

Giveaway: Ballistic Cases for Samsung Galaxy S II and Nexus S

Work in a tough job that would require your Samsung Galaxy S II or Nexus S to be thoroughly protected? Well this is the giveaway for you. Thanks to Ballistic Cases Australia we're able to give away the cases they gave to us to review. To enter, all you need to do is leave us a comment on what your tough, dirty job is where your device needs protection. Phil and I will choose a winner for the Galaxy S II case and Nexus S case next Sunday (6th May), so have your entries in by... Continue reading

Vodafone confirms Ice Cream Sandwich for Samsung Galaxy S II has been approved, roll out imminent

Vodafone have confirmed via their blog that they have given final approval for the Samsung Galaxy S II Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich update. This means that the update is now ready to be pushed out to devices by Samsung very, very soon. The date has not yet been confirm by Vodafone, however, it would be reasonable to expect it sometime next week. Vodafone will be the last major carrier to push out the update to its users, which is strange for them considering they're usually pretty fast. Continue reading

Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich update now rolling out to the Samsung Galaxy S II on Telstra

More Samsung news, yay! From all the people sending us emails, tweets and various other forms of communication, we can confirm that the Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich update is ready to be applied to your Samsung Galaxy S II from Telstra. The update doesn't appear to be available for download over-the-air, so you'll need to connect your Galaxy S II to your PC and sync it up to Kies. The update is apparently just over 200MB and will bring you up to the latest major version of Android -- TouchWiz is included also. This updates means... Continue reading

Ice Cream Sandwich update now rolling out to all Galaxy S IIs on Optus, for real this time

While the initial Android 4.0.3 "Ice Cream Sandwich" update for the Samsung Galaxy S II on Optus may have only been for a select amount of users, going by the amount of people telling up Ice Cream Sandwich is now available for them, we can confirm it's now available for everyone. To update your device you will have to connect your Galaxy S II to your computer and run Samsung Kies. If it says your device is up to date, but you're clearly running Android 2.3, just give it a day or so to sort itself... Continue reading

Giveaway: Samsung Galaxy S II extended battery from Mugen Power

Week 2 of our giveaways and we've got an extended battery for the Samsung Galaxy S II. It's from Mugen Power, and at the time I received it, it was worth $100. Now you can get it yourself for the low, low price of $0.00 including postage. It's a 3200mAh battery, so it will turn your device into somewhat of a brick, but there is a back cover included to make it seem a little less (or more) bulky. To win this battery leave a comment below telling my why I should choose you to win said battery. The... Continue reading

Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich update available for Samsung Galaxy S II on Optus

Samsung have just pushed the Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for the Galaxy S II on Optus to Kies. The update may be available for download over-the-air (let us know in the comments) or you can download it via Samsung Kies 2.0. OPS = Australia (Optus) I9100XWLP4/I9100OPSLP4sammobile.com/kies— SamKiesUpdates (@SamKiesUpdates) April 3, 2012 Optus is the first carrier to launch the new update, so props to them for the quick(ish) release. There's no doubt Telstra and Vodafone will be releasing the update very soon as well, so keep an eye out. Continue reading

Giveaway: Samsung Galaxy S II leather cases from Aranez

As some of you may have known, I was the owner of a Samsung Galaxy S II and have now swapped to a Samsung Galaxy Nexus. In that transition I left behind a few accessories that I feel I should give away to you, the greatest readers in the world. The first of these giveaways are these two Samsung Galaxy S II cases from Aranez (RRP $45.95). If you'd like to win one of the two, let me know in the comments a time when you dropped your Samsung Galaxy S II and thought it was... Continue reading

Google skipping a fortnightly platform version update to let Ice Cream Sandwich reach more devices?

It has become somewhat of a routine that every fortnight Google will update the above graph (Platform Versions) with the percentages of how many devices are running each version of Android, and then technology blogs will rush to praise or criticise Google. The last update took place on March 5th, which means the next fortnightly update should have taken place on the 19th of March. It didn't. It could easily be said that I'm looking too far into something that doesn't really matter. But perhaps it does to Google. At the last update they got trashed for... Continue reading

27 March: Samsung Galaxy S II 4G launching on Telstra

Just a couple of weeks ago we heard rumours that the next iteration of the Samsung Galaxy S II was coming - in its 4G incarnation, on Telstra. We now have official confirmation from Telstra - it's launching tomorrow the 27th of March 2012. Compared to the former Galaxy S II, the 4G iteration offers: Larger SuperAMOLED screen at 4.5 inches Faster CPU - 1.5GHz Dual Core NFC chip so you can get on the action with your Galaxy Nexus owning friends Larger battery - 1850mAh Unfortunately, the... Continue reading

Exclusive: Samsung Galaxy S II 4G launching on Telstra come March 27th, $0 on $79

It's real, ladies and gentlemen. The Samsung Galaxy S II 4G will be launching exclusively on Telstra on the 27th of March. We'd previously reported that dummy models of the device were being shipped into Telstra stores, but now we have a confirmed released date. The picture above -- sent in via our trusty source -- also shows pricing of $0 on Telstra's $79 Cap which will include 2GB of data, $800 cap credit and unlimited national texts. This is the same pricing as the HTC Velocity 4G, however, we've been told that the pricing for that... Continue reading

Ice Cream Sandwich update available from March 10 for Samsung Galaxy S II – Samsung says No. (Updated)

According to the Samsung website the Ice Cream Sandwich update for one of the most popular Android handsets out there will be available for the Galaxy S II via Kies 2.0 from tomorrow. You will have to make sure you are using the Kies 2.0 software as according to the FAQ, 1.5 does not support upgrading to ICS. from the FAQ, they advise that the ICS upgrade will include : Face Unlock and Android Beam but Bluetooth 3.0 HS will not be supported in ICS, however Bluetooth 3.0 will be and Adobe Flash will also not be supported although... Continue reading