The popular Android 4.0 operating system dubbed Ice Cream Sandwich by Google won’t be getting updated on older Samsung devices. The two popular Samsung devices that are getting skipped on the Ice Cream Sandwich update are the Samsung Galaxy S and the Galaxy Tab. The bottom line is that the older Samsung devices don’t have enough room to put Android 4.0 on the firmware of Samsung Galaxy S or Galaxy Tab.
Some like Mobile Mag suspect that the reason Ice Cream Sandwich won’t go on legacy Samsung tablets is that there is so much bloatware hiding on them that they are riddled with resource limitations. They also mention that these devices could be hiding programs like the infamous Carrier IQ as they say, “For an ordinary user, these add-ons are collectively called “bloatware” which is well known to overload the device hardware, making it laggy, unresponsive, and hiding very suspicious carrier “wares” of Carrier IQ type.”
Matthew Miller over at ZDNet lets it known that he learned a lesson that his, “expensive purchase of the Galaxy Nexus with pure Ice Cream Sandwich was the right move and I doubt I will ever buy another Android device with customized user interface.” Mr. Miller mentions this because Samsung is pretty much blaming their custom interface called TouchWIZ on the reason they can’t upgrade the Galaxy S and Galaxy tab.
At first suspicions were raised as to why these devices couldn’t be upgraded because the Galaxy S has the same specs as the Nexus S with a 1 Ghz Hummingbird processor. But as ZDNet said, it’s not really that the RAM and ROM can’t handle the new ICS update its that TouchWIZ along with the other Samsung bloatware makes a fantastic brick of a device stuck in the past.
Devices made by Samsung that are getting the update are mentioned by PhoneArena as the following: Samsung Galaxy S II, S II LTE, Galaxy R, Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy Tab 8.9, Galaxy Tab 7.7 and Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus