Samsung has confirmed that its flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S II, will be upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, starting 19 March. See also Samsung Galaxy S3 release date, specs and rumour round-up.

The wait is nearly over for owners of Samsung’s hugely popular Galaxy S II smartphone. According to the firm it has sold 20 million units worldwide.

Samsung sent us the following statement, "Samsung UK can confirm that the roll out of Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) on Galaxy S II will be available from week commencing 19th March, however the availability of software upgrades in the UK will be dependent upon each network’s own software approvals process."

There is good news for owners of other Galaxy devices, too. Samsung said one of its Facebook pages that roll out will take place soon.

"ICS for Galaxy Note, Galaxy S II LTE, Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1 will follow soon." said Samsung.

"In addition, we'll also offer Android 2.3 Gingerbread firmware upgrades for Galaxy S, Galaxy Tab 7", Galaxy S Plus, Galaxy S SCL (Super Clear LCD) and Galaxy W from end March. The firmware upgrades for Galaxy S, for example, include Face Unlock, Snapshot, Photo Editor, and others."

The unannounced successor to the Galaxy S II has appeared for pre-order on one website yesterday. The Galaxy S III will have a 4.6-inch touchscreen with a 720p resolution.