SIM-free Samsung Galaxy S II last to get Ice Cream Sandwich

Samsung has confirmed that the last group of Samsung Galaxy S II owners to get the Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) update will be those who bought their devices SIM free. The explanation given by the manufacturer is that it has to wait until all of the different UK network providers finish releasing their updates so that the blanket upgrade can be tested on all networks.

Simon Stanford, VP of Samsung Telecommunications and Networks UK and Ireland, told CNET that it will be possible only "once we've got all of the operator pieces on board".

"As an open-market customer you will be on a variety of networks," he said. "So it's got to work on whichever network you have chosen."

Stanford also admitted that Samsung could have handled the roll-out better - at least, communicated its availability to its customers more openly.

"The communication itself can be managed a bit better next time," he said. "It's just an ongoing process piece that we work very closely to try to make sure we get it absolutely bang on, so we apologise to anyone who has been disappointed by this.

"We're always desperate to get [updates] out as fast as we can, there's no reason for us not to. We don't like to have unhappy customers, it goes against everything that we do. We do take it very seriously. It's communication sometimes we need to work on - I accept that."

There's good news for owners of the Samsung Galaxy Note, however. Although the ICS update has been delayed, Stanford promises that the process of updating devices on different networks will be much quicker once the roll-out starts.

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