Brace yourselves, Galaxy S owners, as we’ve got some bad news. Samsung has decided it can’t integrate its own software with the latest version of Android, meaning your phone will remain a Gingerbread device.
This news comes after the company announced its ICS upgrade schedule before Christmas, where the Galaxy S and the Galaxy Tab 7-inch tablet were notable in their absence. However, Samsung was forced into “re-evaluating” the Galaxy S and the Galaxy Tab’s compatibility after an outcry from owners.
Since then, there has been talk of what Samsung called a “value pack” being released. This would include several of Ice Cream Sandwich’s features in order to refresh the devices, but not the entire operating system that was proving difficult to integrate with TouchWiz.
While this could have been better than nothing, this too seems to have fallen through, at least according to a Samsung spokesperson chatting to The Next Web. They’ve said the decision has been made not to update the devices due to limited “hardware specifications,” and that they’re “fully optimized for the Gingerbread experience” already.
As has already been pointed out, there’s nothing wrong with the Galaxy Nexus S’s “hardware specifications,” a device very similar to the 4.0 compatible Nexus S, just without the TouchWiz UI.
So, a frustrating end to a tale that deep down, we never really expected to play out any other way. Owners who want the latest version of Android must either root their phone and find a custom ROM, or upgrade to newer hardware when their contract allows.