Samsung Galaxy S2 With Android 4.0 ICS: Everything We Hate!

Now that the novelty and hype behind wildly anticipating the release of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for the Samsung Galaxy S2 has died down a little, it is time to explore the problems that are surfacing, as well as complaints from the first batch of international users who managed to get their hands on the update less than 48 hours ago.

Samsung Galaxy S2 Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update complaints begin to grow

Starting with the biggest issues, there have been multiple reports of poor WiFi performance. After updating the Samsung Galaxy S2 to Android ICS, many users are complaining that they get extremely low signals in places where their Gingerbread S2 was getting a solid connection. In fact, they find themselves getting disconnected more frequently as well. We heard of similar complaints from XOOM owners previously so this may be a direct Ice Cream Sandwich problem.

Secondly, the hardware acceleration seems to wreak havoc with scrolling. Reports are coming in that slight touches sometimes result in a few page lengths of scrolls, while at other times it just won’t  kinetically scroll. Then there are smaller problems like the ability to resize widgets in TouchWiz UI being disabled, and taking screenshots being a hit and miss game when you click home+power button simultaneously.

Lastly, we want to touch on the fact that TouchWiz Gingerbread and TouchWiz Ice Cream Sandwich look almost identical. In fact, all the cool Android 4.0 touches like the holographic effects are missing. This of course is more of a gripe given that the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich UI was the first major redesign that looks extremely polished already. Nevertheless, we can see why Samsung may have done this. Given the millions of Samsung Galaxy S2 users worldwide, many of which would be oblivious to the Android 4.0 update, would get shocked if after the update they saw something totally different and felt lost. We can imagine Samsung’s Android helpline would be swamped with calls.

If you happen to own a Samsung Galaxy S2 and have the official Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update, do tell us if you’ve had any issues to date via the comments below.

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