A blog post from Samsung which indicated that the original Samsung Galaxy S line of smartphones and Galaxy Tab tablets would not be updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich caused an uproar of complaints. Now, Samsung reportedly is reconsidering its decision not to update the Samsung Galaxy Tab, Fascinate, Captivate, Vibrant, and Epic 4G.
The Samsung Galaxy S was a huge hit last year. The Samsung Galaxy S 4G is also named as the top best smartphones on the T-Mobile network. Reports from ajnews in Korea, suggest that the backlash of complaints has made Samsung update its update refusal. Formerly, Samsung said the update was not possible due to memory limitations and the TouchWiz interface.
Samsung is expected to investigate other methods to try to make the upgrade work.
Technical experts railed against Samsung because the reasons given did not make sense. The propriety Samsung TouchWiz add-on could be eliminated if necessary to make Android 4.0 work. Also, the Nexus S runs Android 4.0 with a similar processor and RAM.
Galaxy Tab owners would benefit most from the upgrade because Android 4.0 has tablet features built-in. Unfortunately, there is an increasing trend for makers and carriers to not support their devices through multiple upgrades on the Android platform. Because Apple makes both the hardware and software, it is admired for its upgrades and compatibility of operating systems.
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich combines the Android smartphone OS with the tablet OS (Honeycomb from Google) and adds new features. See all features in 4.0 Primer.
The Samsung Fascinate and Samsung Epic 4G, were updated to Android 2.3 Gingerbread, while Captivate and Vibrant owners are still waiting for their update.
The latest models of Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablets will be upgraded to Android 4.0 in 2012.