Samsung’s Galaxy S III may be the new hotness (or slightly less than that, depending on how much you agree with our review), but millions of users are still plenty happy with their Galaxy S IIs. For those on T-Mobile, the opportunity to upgrade their handsets to Ice Cream Sandwich will be here in just a few hours, set to become available at 11pm Eastern.
Like many of the Ice Cream Sandwich updates we’ve heard about, this one’s not coming down OTA and will have to be installed manually by users interested in upgrading from Gingerbread. That means you’ll need Samsung’s Kies software in order to get ICS on your phone.
When upgrading, the only thing you should lose is the arrangement of homescreen icons you’ve set up, but you’ll probably want to backup first, just in case. Luckily, you’ve still got several hours to go, so if you want to get started now, you should have plenty of time to have everything prepared well in advance of the update’s 11pm arrival. Of course, the update will still be waiting for you in the morning if the thought of missing sleep in order to play with Android Chrome doesn’t sound like too much fun.
Beyond ICS, tonight’s update also brings the GS2 improvements to its support for emergency alerts, making voice calls over WiFi, and to the phone’s voicemail support.
Four hours to go!