Ice Cream Sandwich Hopes Melt

The real date on which users of Samsung’s Galaxy S II, the “smartphone of the year 2011,” will be able to upgrade from Gingerbread to Ice Cream Sandwich remains unclear after a host of disappointing mix-ups for smartphone users.

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For novices, Gingerbread refers to the Android (NASDAQ:GOOG) operating system version 2.3 running on the Galaxy SII, whereas Ice Cream Sandwich refers to the 4.0, the latest version of the OS.

Engadget and other websites went to town with a scoop that users could upgrade to the higher operating system starting March 10, quoting Samsung Philippines. Samsung, however, announced via Twitter that it had no such plans and that the date announced by its Philippines arm was not accurate.

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