Samsung reportedly looking for ways to bring Android OS 4.0 to the Galaxy S, Galaxy Tab

Ian Hardy

December 27, 2011 8:43am

Samsung stated last week that they won’t officially be updating the Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab with Android OS 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, devices which have sold over 20 million units worldwide. Users immediately rebelled, caused an uproar as the main culprit was apparently TouchWIZ, lack of RAM and CPU. Today, overseas reports from Japan are stating that because of strong customer demand Samsung is looking for ways to bring ICS to their one time flagship devices.

HTC recently had a similar experience with the Desire – once informing users that the device wouldn’t be upgraded to Gingerbread because they didn’t want it “compromising the HTC Sense experience”. Owners revolted and HTC changed their mind and decided to “cut select apps from the release”.

Samsung might be going this route with TouchWiz, however they are no other details in the report, and Samsung has not confirmed that a potential ICS upgrade is coming.

Source: The Verge

  • Michael

    Too bad my T-Mobile first generation vibrant won’t get updated. 🙁

  • steve

    well if the desire can get updated, so can my N1. Lets get to work google. My phone still kicks a $$

  • sam

    They should work on these devises just to get latest features, no need to see the same screen view as the ics.

    Samsung galaxy tab 7 have gingerbread 2.3.3 and it’s not supporting Arabic language, they need to solve this kind of problems
    There is people have their own software which support Arabic but they are selling is for $30!!!!!!

  • bob

    Lack of RAM and CPU? 1 GHz and 512 MB isn’t enough?

  • anona

    I wonder if they can pull it off.

    ICS requires the system partition to be resized on the Galaxy S.

    I don’t see how Samsung can make a 4.0 OTA update possible without ending up with a good handful of bricked phones. It will be interesting to see if they can pull it off.

    • bob

      Repartitioning isn’t an issue as long as you accept to loose everything on your phone.
      So you need to do a backup first.

    • bob

      Also why did they put so small partitions in the first place?

  • evan

    still no mention of the Infuse. I want ICS eventually, my phone is less than a year old!!

  • Nick

    I wonder why the Telus galaxy 2x wasn’t mentioned.

    • Abdul

      Don’t worry, the GS2X will be updated, just give Samsung some time to ruin ICS with touchwiz

  • cass_m

    Wow Eclair->Froyo->gingerbread and now ICS? Wouldn’t that be a record for support of a non-nexus device?

    • bob

      No nexus device got more than two major (ie code name) updates

      Nexus One: 2.1->2.2->2.3
      Nexus S: 2.3->4.0