Not to be outdone by Apple with its recent iOS 5.1 announcement, nor HTC with its rollout to Sensations in Nordic countries, Samsung has announced that it will make the Android 4.0 ICS update for the International SGS2 (GT-I9100) available through Kies 2.0 on March 10th. 

The update will be also available OTA, but Kies 2.0 usually ends up being the most advisable way to go for Samsung device updates. According to the release the update supports face unlock, android beam, mobile data usage monitoring, and will not support flash or bluetooth 3.0 HS due to OS limitations. The Kies update will require 60 MB of free space, whereas the FOTA update will require 350 MB for the install. 

The update notes that there's no supported upgrade path from customized or unofficial previous firmware, so now is probably a good time to revert to a stock ROM if you intend to try the final update out. I've got my GT-I9100 ready and waiting, and we'll be sure to check it out and update with any performance updates.

Update: In a tweet (below), Samsung has recalled news of the update hitting March 10th. Samsung's announcement was prematurely posted by Samsung Filipino and the March 10th date is no longer valid. 

Source: Samsung

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  • cyberguyz - Friday, March 9, 2012 - link

    (Listed as a major improvement)

    * Due to ICS OS feature, Adobe flash and Bluetooth 3.0 HS will not be available in ICS OS (Bluetooth 3.0 is supported still)

    Major Improvement? Sounds more like a downgrade to me. A lot of the sites i visit using my smartphone pretty heavily use flash. Seems to me if I go with ICS, I won't be able to get the full function of those sites anymore. I don't call that an improvement. I call it castration.
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  • mwarner1 - Friday, March 9, 2012 - link

    I found the Adobe Flash feature missing rather odd. I am currently using the latest ICS Beta on my SGSII and Flash 11 works fine. I suspect this may be a mistake, or stating that it is not installed by default (i.e. you have to download it in the market). Reply
  • zinfamous - Friday, March 9, 2012 - link

    so glad I got the international version. much less waiting for me. Reply
  • vision33r - Friday, March 9, 2012 - link

    Screw Samsung and all these OEMs, they are just a bunch of clueless monkeys. When you got guys like CM who is passionate about what they do like artists you get better quality and a more efficient product.

    As soon as CM fixes all of the issues in their CM9 ICS release for SGS2, I'm loading CM9. Care less about Samsung OEM rom.
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  • Death666Angel - Friday, March 9, 2012 - link

    You do realize that without Samsung and these other "OEMs" (not really the correct term, manufacturer would be the one I use), CM couldn't release a CM9 because there would be no phones to install it on? *sigh* Reply
  • CBeck113 - Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - link

    I saw on a German website that the ICS update is now available. I guess that I'll be backing up my data & updaing after work tonight...
    Servus, Charlie
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  • mbamber01 - Sunday, March 18, 2012 - link

    Hi all, I live in the US and have a international GT i9100 using on ATT .....so do I have to wait for the update like the Carrier spe uric misled or will I be able to down load early? Reply
  • mbamber01 - Sunday, March 18, 2012 - link

    What I meant to ask is if I will be able to update to ICS official firmware early with gt i9100 or do I have to wait like others that have Carrier Specific Models that are tied to ATT, T-Mobile, Sprint etc...thought if I bought unlocked international version I would get updates early? Reply

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