Samsung could offer Android 4.0 on Galaxy S/Tab after all

Last week, Samsung made a lot of smartphone and tablet owners very unhappy. It announced that owners of the Galaxy S smartphone and the original seven inch Galaxy Tab tablet would not be able to get an update to Google's Android 4.0 operating system. This naturally didn't please owners of both devices, particularly the Galaxy S users. Samsung has sold over 10 million of the smartphones since they were released in 2010.

A massive Internet uproar over Samsung's decision took place and it now appears that Samsung is taking the criticism to heart. The Verge reports that according to Korean news sources, Samsung is now reviewing the situation and it will look into getting the Android 4.0 update to work on those devices.

You may remember that the reason Samsung said the Galaxy S and the first Galaxy Tab could not get the Android 4.0 upgrade was that both devices have a lot of software that is already installed in their RAM and ROM memory. Those programs included things like the TouchWiz software, specific wireless carrier services, video calling software and more. Samsung claimed at the time there wasn't enough space available to accommodate Android 4.0 as well.

Needless to say, this slight switch in attitude is welcome and we hope that Samsung makes every effort to get Android 4.0 out to the owners of these products.

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I know that ICS will be a big upgrade in terms of how things look / work but I will probably get a new phone instead of waiting for a fix as my contract is up in September...

I finally upgraded my Galaxy S from Eclair (2.1) to Gingerbread (2.34) this morning!
I was having issues with Kies not connecting to the phone but finally bit the bullet and used Odin - surprisingly easy!

After playing on my wifes new Galaxy W (running G'bread out of the box) I thought there was more life in my phone and so far it seems smoother.

at least they reconsidered.... now i hope they add captivate glide which its not that old, and tegra2 its not bad neother

These OEMs are realizing that having poor support history is going to come and bite them in the butt. Especially now that there are quite a few devices from each manufacturer.

Android has the largest user base which has its perks, but that also makes it a hot news item that lots of folks pay attention to.

Sweet! The previous article chapped my hide as I have a Samsung Captivate and was not happy to hear that I wasn't going to be able to drop ICS on it, short of a non-official firmware. This is positive news for a lot of people. I come up for my upgrade in a few weeks and might just jump to a Galaxy S II and be done with my Captivate, in which case all this is moot LOL.

ir0nw0lf said,
Sweet! The previous article chapped my hide as I have a Samsung Captivate and was not happy to hear that I wasn't going to be able to drop ICS on it, short of a non-official firmware. This is positive news for a lot of people. I come up for my upgrade in a few weeks and might just jump to a Galaxy S II and be done with my Captivate, in which case all this is moot LOL.

same here, man! I have a Galaxy S as well, and I don't know why, but I rooted it, and now I'm scared to try to attempt a ROM flash that's unofficial....it's good to know that (possibly) I won't have to now as a last resort....that is, if AT&T would pull their heads out of their bums, and at the VERY LEAST, give me some gingerbread! (my phone was sold as new in July of 2011....to say the least, the news of absolutely ZERO upgrades was at first disappointing, to say the least. This at least gives me a glimmer of hope for my slightly used smart-phone, anyway!)

obiwankenobi said,

same here, man! I have a Galaxy S as well, and I don't know why, but I rooted it, and now I'm scared to try to attempt a ROM flash that's unofficial....it's good to know that (possibly) I won't have to now as a last resort....that is, if AT&T would pull their heads out of their bums, and at the VERY LEAST, give me some gingerbread! (my phone was sold as new in July of 2011....to say the least, the news of absolutely ZERO upgrades was at first disappointing, to say the least. This at least gives me a glimmer of hope for my slightly used smart-phone, anyway!)

Onecosmics ICS build is actually really smooth, I've been using it as my daily driver and I have to say it is worth the flash. Rooting is not the scary task it looks to be. As long as you follow the detailed info nothing can go wrong.

samsung will release an official update through the official OTA channels for their devices, all of them, rather than just the 10 inch tablets and galaxy S2 devices.

Its disheartening to know that samsung and Google is taking the microsoft approach, and creating bloatware for the devices rather than try to make it do more on less.

I personally hope they get 3D acceleration in menus fixed so scrolling is as buttery as iOS, then work on figuring out fragmentation.
These are the only things that iOS has on android right now in my eyes... Its disgusting a device 4x more powerful than iPhone4 is more stuttery than iphone 2G

srbeen said,

I personally hope they get 3D acceleration in menus fixed so scrolling is as buttery as iOS, then work on figuring out fragmentation.

I have a Galaxy Nexus and it has little to no lag running ICS. ICS is supposed to address fragmentation but may take a few while older devices are phased out and people upgrade.

my GN is rooted but running the stock OS.

Galaxy Nexus running ICS has no lag or at least comparable lag to iPhone 4 (I have not tried a 4S). I felt like the whole OS was pretty liquid smooth while trying out a coworkers Verizon Galaxy Nexus just before christmas.

Good new for the users. What they should do is remove touchwiz and give pure ICS with their own apps with it...
That would cut down the development time for Android.

still1 said,
Good new for the users. What they should do is remove touchwiz and give pure ICS with their own apps with it...
That would cut down the development time for Android.
Unfortunatley a lot of their apps rely on APIs from touch wiz layer. Without it, those apps wouldn't work.
That's why you can't just pull one of their .apks and put it on any phone without work.

It should also be said that the CARRIERS want TouchWiz there, too. I realize there's a crapton of short-sightedness in the tech community, but not every little thing we hate is the fault of just one party.

Differentiation is incredibly important to carriers. If all Android handsets look and feel exactly the same, why bother carrying so many?