Samsung Galaxy S II users under AT&T were pleased to hear on 21st about the Ice Cream Sandwich update that AT&T had scheduled to release to all their devices. The wireless carrier did not want to seed the update over the air (OTA) for some reason this time, but made the users download the update through Kies, which is the company’s desktop manager that lets you sync your Samsung device with a PC and get firmware upgrades, just like iTunes for Apple’s iOS devices.
But just after almost a day of releasing the update on the internet, the wireless carrier pulled it back again. Now that is something which pisses most of the users off. The wireless carrier did come up with a statement for the action, and here is what AT&T says:
“We plan for the upgrade to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) for Galaxy S II customers to be live very soon. Like with every OS update, we test it on our servers before we roll it out to customers. We’re in the process of doing that with Android 4.0 (ICS) for Galaxy S II customers and hope to make that live soon. We recommend customers wait to attempt the update.”
Things like this are one of the many reasons why users would want to root or jailbreak (in case of iPhone users) and install custom ROMs on their smart phones. There are already a lot of custom ROMs based on Ice Cream Sandwich available for the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II on XDA Forums, and almost all of them are better than the stock ROM in one or more ways.
Google is all ready to unveil the next version of its mobile operating system, which is rumored to be Android 4.1, and is also rumored to be coming out next week at the Google I/O 2012 event. And when this is the case, AT&T is still not ready to release updates for ICS. This is really annoying.