In December 2011, Samsung released a statement saying it would provide Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) upgrades for the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note in the first quarter of 2012, though no specific date was given. A Russian tipster known for digging up inside information announced in a Twitter post that ICS will drop for both devices on March 1 in some countries.
Eldar Murtazin says the release date is dependent on the country and wireless carrier, so not all Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note owners will be bumped up to ICS right off the bat. Those that do will receive an over-the-air (OTA) update, assuming Murtazin's information is solid.
Murtazin is the Editor-in-Chief of Mobile-Review.com and isn't afraid to ruffle a few feathers. In 2010, he got the attention of Nokia, which was none too pleased that Murtazin managed to come upon " unauthorized Nokia property " (N8 prototype). Much to the chagrin of Nokia, he refused to return the N8, prompting the Finnish phone maker to get local authorities involved.
The mobile phone insider has also been wrong with his information on occasion. At the end of January of this year, he tweeted that Microsoft's upcoming Windows Phone 8 platform would break compatibility with WP7 on the app level. Microsoft's Brandon Watson was quick to refute the claim, saying "any app built today will run on the next major Windows Phone version." So, while the March 1st OTA release date is certainly plausible and falls within Samsung's promised time frame, you'll want to take this with a grain of salt.