After 14 months since the release of Samsung Galaxy R in Indian market, owners can now update their device to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) as Samsung started the roll out a couple of days ago. All bug fixes, performance boosters and new features are packed into a 239MB package. It is, therefore, recommended for owners to have stable and fast internet connection as it may take several minutes to finish downloading the package.
Galaxy R was released in India in October 2011 running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, originally. In the same month, Google officially announced Ice Cream Sandwich. The anticipation for a more stable and better operating system started since then. Consequently, Galaxy R owners in the United States and other regions started receiving this very same update in August of 2012 but Indian owners were left hanging and wanting for it.
Samsung Galaxy R, otherwise known in other regions as Galaxy Z, was released packed with impressive specs at the time. It is powered by Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset with dual-core processor clocked at 1GHz plus a complementary 1GB RAM. Basically, it is a powerful device and even very much capable of running the latest Android 4.1/4.2 Jelly Bean firmware without problems. While the ICS update rollout is good news for majority of Galaxy R owners in India, it also means they have to wait several months for possible JB update.
It also shows that Samsung has always been unenthusiastic in releasing updates for devices outside “flagship” category. Or, at least, this is how owners of Galaxy R feel. Recently, though, the South Korean manufacturer assured Samsung community that majority of its devices will be updated to latest firmware. So, let’s see about that.
The Samsung Galaxy R Android 4.0 ICS update can be downloaded over-the-air or via Samsung KIES. For OTA update, owners are advised to head to Settings => About phone => Software updates to manually initiate update search.
Those who prefer to use KIES will have to download the client from Samsung’s website and install it to their computer. They need to connect their device to the computer where KIES is installed to pull down updates.
So far, there is no information if Samsung Galaxy R will receive a software bump to Jelly Bean. But as far as specs are concerned, the device is much able to run whatever version of Android you throw at it. So, we just hope it won’t take a year or so before Samsung would give us information about it.
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