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Samsung Galaxy S II ICS update kisses goodbye to Flash

After months of waiting, it looks like Samsung are finally preparing to deliver the news that Galaxy S II owners have been waiting to hear. An official update to Ice Cream Sandwich has now been dated for the smartphone.

It was only just a few days ago when we told you about a potential March 15th date for the Ice Cream Sandwich update, but we can now confirm that this is incorrect. Samsung has announced via press release that the official rollout will be starting on Saturday March 10th, so it looks like it is going to be a great weekend for those who stayed away from tempting unofficial custom ICS ROMS.

To get the update at the earliest opportunity, you’ll need to be in possession of Kies 2.0, which most of you should have ready anyway. If you don’t have this, you can wait for the Ice Cream Sandwich update to happen OTA, but you may not get the update straight away and definitely not as quick as if you use the Kies method.

One word of warning that you’ll want to be aware of, is that this update will remove support for Adobe Flash. Mobile Flash is seemingly on its last legs as you’re probably aware of, so if you are a regular Flash user on the Galaxy S II you may want to make other preparations. On the plus side, you will get new functionality such as Android Beam and that snazzy Face Unlock feature which is sure to impress your friends.

If you have been waiting for ICS for the Samsung Galaxy S II, let us know your thoughts on the update this weekend. Are you disappointed that you will lose Flash support, or is it not that important to you any more? There’s a useful FAQ from Samsung on the update which you may want to check out as you wait for the update to land.

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Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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