The ever-popular but Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS)-lacking Samsung Galaxy S II—the US one, if you’re wondering—finally has an upgrade date. T-Mobile has announced that on June 11, Galaxy S II users can start updating their phones to ICS, so that they will no longer be mocked by their Galaxy Nexus-toting brethren.
The only sad part to this story is that this will not be an OTA update. A quick look at T-Mobile’s upgrade instructions, a PC, and some patience will all be required, no thanks to Samsung Kies. But hey, I’ll take an update anyway I can get it, right? AT&T and Sprint have not yet announced dates, but they are sure to be close behind—for publicity’s sake if nothing else.
This may lead you to ask, just how popular is Samsung’s S line of phones? Samsung is glad you asked, and more than happy to share some new sales figures with you, just in case you don’t have a Galaxy S device yet and happen to be susceptible to peer pressure.
First, let us consider that the Samsung Galaxy S III is the current fastest pre-ordered smartphone in the UK, with 9 million pre-orders on the books worldwide. Then you can throw in 24 million units sold of the Galaxy S, along with another 28 million for the Galaxy S II. Personally, I think the S III may just break 50 million worldwide before it’s all said and done. But even if sales stopped now, 61 million units sold is not a bad number for a smartphone line. Not bad at all.