Bad news for Samsung Galaxy S and original Galaxy Tab owners as the Korean handset maker has just released a short statement explaining the reasons it cannot deliver the Ice Cream Sandwich to these two devices.
Samsung officially confirmed earlier this week plans to roll out Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note devices in March 2012. Moreover, the company also stated that other Galaxy family device would get the upgrade soon after Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note, though no details on the release dates have been unveiled yet.
The following devices were confirmed by Samsung for Ice Cream Sandwich update next year: Galaxy S II LTE, Galaxy R, Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy Tab 8.9, Galaxy Tab 7.7 and Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus.
As many of you probably noticed, there was no mention of Samsung Galaxy S, which is one of the most popular Android smartphones available on the market. In this regard, the Korean company felt the need to clarify the situation, so that Android fans would know what to expect in the future.
Unfortunately, Samsung said it cannot update the Galaxy S and original Galaxy Tab device to the latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Surprisingly, the company blames its own TouchWiz UI and widgets, but also video calls as well as other features.
This is one of the main reasons that Google was able to push Android 4.0 to Samsung Nexus S, even though it has the same specs sheet as the Galaxy S. The lack of TouchWiz UI saved Nexus S owners from being treated the same way.
Furthermore, Samsung also said that due to country and carrier specific features, such as mobile TV, network operator dedicated apps and services (bloatware), it won’t be able to put Ice Cream Sandwich on the Galaxy S.
Samsung also mentioned that the RAM and ROM amounts are also an issue for Android 4.0, as the device cannot provide customers with the best user experience.