When will Ting release Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to the Samsung Galaxy SII Epic 4G Touch?
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Andorid has announced the release of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich has begun.  However, each carrier is pushing it out to its Samsung Galaxy SII users at their own pace.  Verizon and already started while Sprint has not.  When is Ting likely to push the update out?  Is Ting's timing in any way tied to Sprint's timing?  Any and all information would be appreciated.

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  • You can download ICS for the epic 4g touch right now and use it with your ting service.  There is a thread here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1514665

    That will give you an AOKP rom that is pretty much stock android 4.0.4.  Stock touchwhiz:  http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1605727

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  • oop, apparently this is the version that may be released OTA to the user base:  http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1619474  Reference post 124 from qbking.  He always does reviews of major builds like this.  This build and the AOKP are the two best depending on which type of ICS you want.

     

    If I could be certain the radio reception on the this phone would be decent in my area I would jump on it; as of now though, the initial start up cost is not worth the risk for me.  At least not until I unload one or two of my old phones.  Good luck, let me know how you make out if you flash either of these roms.  I'll just live vicariously thru you :-)

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  • Thanks for the information but I am looking for the official version of Android 4.0 direct from Google and Ting/Sprint.

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  • That second link is set to be the official OTA update from Sprint; it's simply being leaked and posted for download and manual flashing via the odin tool.   Ya know, cause folks love to tinker and are impatient for the latest updates, etc.  Unless they change something and issue another build, this will likely get pushed to Sprint users within the next 4 weeks.   Ting users will likely (I'm guessing) have to manually apply it anyways.   I have no idea if a Ting phone will recognize a sprint issued OTA even though they are exactly the same hardware and software.

     

    Ting reps have been a wee bit silent on the forums lately.  It'd be nice if they were answering these rather than me :-) 

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  • Hi folks,

    We expect to have more information around ICS (Ice Cream Sandwich) soon. There's always a bit of a delay on the announcements from the carriers. I know there's a lot of interest around ICS, and I promise we'll provide an update as soon as we have more information.

    Sagi, although we're tempted too, we don't offer speculation, advice, or help related to firmware that isn't officially provided over the air. 

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  • Ah, a prudent and safe position for any carrier or MVNO to take :-)  I was speaking more to those who like to fiddle and tweak.  If one is not comfortable or willing to mess with flashing, one should certainly wait for the OTA.  Unfortunately, the carriers seem to enjoy making folks wait forever; hence many take matters into their own hands regardless of initial trepidation.

    Thanks Ben; I'll trust you guys to say something about it when there is something to say ;-)

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  • Pinging Ting...any info yet on timeline for upgrade?

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  • The word on the street is that Samsung had a production quality build for Android 4.0.3, but then Google released 4.0.4. Rather than release ICS anyway, they decided to hold it back until they could release it with the latest version so they had to go back to their cycle of build and test. However, the latest rumor is that Samsung is wrapping it up with a final build at the end of the week. After Samsung is done, they hand it to Sprint who will test it for a week or so, and then release it to us. So if these rumors pan out, we could be seeing in in a few weeks.

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  • I would prefer that they take their time and get it right. I also own an Asus tablet that went through the ICS upgrade before it was ready - not a happy experience.

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  • The latest rumor says that Samsung's work is done and that they are waiting for Sprint to grab it from them and do their testing. All indications are that it's a great build.

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  • Ben, can you provide for us some information about what the process will look like? Once Sprint finishes their tests and begins the rollout, will we be included in that rollout from Sprint? Will they make the MVNOs wait until the actual Sprint customers are updated? Is the upgrade something Ting has to approve before we get it?

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  • Ben, I would love to see an answer to Peter's question as well. I was holding off waiting for the Samsung Nexus, but if this ICS update for the Galaxy S2 is actually going to become a reality, then I will probably just go ahead and get a couple of the Galxy S2's and be done with it.

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  • @Brent I happened to be on the phone with Ting asking them about this when you posted. I was told that Sprint will be releasing it to their own customers first, and then soon (days) after that we Ting customers will receive the notification to update. 

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  • Thanks for the update Peter!

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  • I just saw ICS in a Sprint store on their HTC EVO but I don't think it was on their Samsung ... Epic?  Whatever they called the SII.   Some nice features for multitasking over v2.3.

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  • I'm looking forward to the upgrade - I'm really hoping it fixes a couple of small but annoying bugs in the current version. (Can't use USB host mode, problems with Ogg Vorbis files.) 

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  • Just tried to google a bit to see if Sprint has released this upgrade to their customers yet.  All I found was many forums filled with angry people.  Not sure I understand getting this worked up over a phone, but I am getting tired of waiting.

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  • Aaaaannndd..... it's out. For Sprint users. Given that their rollout continues through the 20th, I would expect that that we would start seeing it the week of the 23rd. So sit tight for a couple more weeks :)

    http://www.mobileburn.com/20112/news/sprint-releases-android-40-ics-update-for-samsung-galaxy-s-ii-epic-4g-touch

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  • I successfully updated my Ting S2 to ICS (Android 4.0.4) last night following tips on how to manually update over at the Sprint forum: http://community.sprint.com/baw/thread/89419?start=120&tstart=0

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  • Oh nice! Now all I need is an SD card :(

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  • Worked for me too.

    Here is a handy video that shows how to do it step by step: http://youtu.be/TcsfJXKv23o

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  • Thanks for that. I borrowed a MicrSD card from a coworker and am now rockin the ICS!

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  • Got mine too. Thanks for the heads-up.

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  • How is the performance of ICS?  and will updated remove all our previous customization (including root)?

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  • Followed the instructions from that youtube video link a couple of posts above and I now have ICS on the Samsung Galaxy S2. :)

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  • Performance has been good for me. I can't speak for root since I'm not rooted, but my apps and settings were retained. GPS is much more reliable now.

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  • Well, looks like I was (happily) wrong and Ting folk are receiving the update as we speak. Performance wise, I have not done any actual testing but here is my two minute impression:

    • Horse power: I do not notice much of a difference in terms of the phone bogging down, but I never ran much at the same time on GB.
    • Batter life: It is horrible however I have read on xda that when flashing roms it generally takes a few charge cycles for things to "settle in" so I am reserving final judgement for another week or so
    • Cell signal: I think it actually got worse after the update, even after updating the PRL. I am noticing less bars, however this may simply be a change to the algorithm that Android uses to calculate what to show on the screen. When I get a chance, I am going to use an app to log the reception and compare to another log I took some months back.
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  • Got my ICS update over the air the other day. I'm generally happy with it, but a couple of odd (probably related) quirks have popped up, and I'd appreciate any info people might have about this.

    1. Under settings, the security choices under Screen Lock of "None," "Slide" and "Face unlock" are greyed out, with the notation "Disabled by administrator, encryption policy, or credential storage." I don't much like this, but I can live with it, except that I figure it's related to:
    2. Every so often while I'm using the phone, the lock screen will just pop up out of nowhere and I have to unlock to continue with what I was doing. This IS disruptive and can be very annoying if I'm trying to get something done quickly. I do have the "No Lock" application installed, so that it's easy to have locking turned off when I'm at home and activate it when I go out; this may not be playing nicely with ICS, but as I can't seem to turn off locking without it ... I'm loath to uninstall it.

    The other thing that I was hoping would change was the fact that Sprint's version of Gingerbread disabled the USB-On-The-Go feature built into the phone ... and ICS has not enabled it, which I find very disappointing. I was hoping I wouldn't have to root my phone and dig into it to get this feature that Samsung has touted for this model, but it's looking like that's exactly what I will have to do.  

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  • For what it's worth - a cache wipe solved my problems with the lock screen popping up randomly; I should have thought of that before posting in the first place. It's probably something I should have done as a routine matter after such a major upgrade, in fact. I still think it's a little odd that some of the security options are disabled and frustrated with the lack of USB-OTG, but the most "in my face" annoyance has been fixed. 

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