Samsung Galaxy S, Galaxy Tab will not be getting Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

“Samsung has revealed that its Galaxy S smartphone and Galaxy Tab 7-inch tablet will not be getting the latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update,” Rue Liu reports for SlashGear.

“The company explained that the devices could not be updated due to hardware limitations that would not be able to run the new Android platform alongside Samsung’s custom TouchWiz user interface,” Liu reports.

Read more in the full article here.

Vlad Savov reports for The Verge, “This will come as a massive blow to the great many users of the Galaxy S, who would have rightly expected the 1GHz Hummingbird processor and accompanying memory to be able to handle ICS — it’s the same hardware as you’ll find inside the Nexus S, and that phone is receiving Android 4.0 over the air right now.”

“HTC had this exact same issue when upgrading the Desire to Gingerbread a few months back, and after some equivocation, it was forced to disable some functions of its own Android skin, Sense, in order to make the upgrade fit,” Savov reports. “So Samsung isn’t alone in making its users suffer for buying a skinned Android device.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Aww, Samsung’s pretend iPhone and pretend iPad won’t be getting the Google’s latest pretend iOS. Boo-hoo. To those affected: Now’s a perfect time to go get that iPhone and iPad you really wanted in the first place.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “macgadget” and “Jax44” for the heads up.]


  1. Users of Android devices are typically critical of iPhones and iPads while extolling the virtues of their Samsung and HTC phones and tablets. But not this time.

    Read the scores of unfavorable comments following the full article to see just how much unhappiness this development has triggered among Android fans. Some even point out that new versions of iOS are backward compatible — developed for the iPhone 4S, iOS 5 also runs on the three-year old 3GS model. Why, they wonder, can’t new versions of Android do the same …

    1. Apparently samsung’s software layer – which i think is a lie. Almost every newer android has 8 gigs of on device flash. I think samdung just wants to push their victims, i mean customers to a new purchase.

    2. IPhone is a smartphone, but any Android phone should be called an Idiot phone, because only an idiot would buy a phone that is literally worthless by the end of the contract, when they could have bought a subsidized iPhone for the same price as the Android Idiot phone, and had a highly upgradable phone worth more at the end of your contract, than the subsidized price that was originally paid. Wake Up Android Fan Boys!

  2. On sites like Slashdot, fandroids are boasting about how easily they can replace the Samsung software by rooting their phones, while more level-headed commenters are pointing out that the average consumer won’t even know that such actions are possible.
    As one poster said while lamenting the fragmentation of Android, there’s one simple statement that tells us all we need to know about the cell phone market:
    “The iPhone 3GS just got iOS 5.”

  3. Another demonstration of Fragmandroid. Apple iOS products have more useful years of life through software updates. Macs are the same way. Apple products generally improve with age, My 2007 iMac is still going strong and does not seem dated at all. It will provide at least two or three more years of great service – perhaps even more. That is value in my book.

    1. Know what you mean. My 2005 PowerBook G4 is still going strong. It’s underpowered for viewing videos (which have gotten bigger over the years, needing more CPU power), but it is still great for e-mail, general web browsing, and writing. I have a 2010 mini system with bigger screen to do that which needs more CPU power, but I don’t see myself replacing the PB with another laptop soon.

      1. Late 2006 Macbook. The rare time I have to watch a video in Flash it’ll spike both CPU cores and send the internal temperature to 80°C+. If it stays above 80C it can freeze the entire machine.

        Can’t wait for Flash video to die.

      2. By size, I meant height & width. More pixels require more processing. Long, small screen videos are no problem.

        Had a Quadra 660 AV back in the day. Yeah, it did Quicktime videos – about the size of a large postage stamp.

        Agree with the wish that Flash dies soon.

      3. There’s a 2004 G5 Tower sitting in the corner at home. It’s become a wireless file/media server. Better with age? Yep, it now has 1+ TB of HD space, a new super DVD optical drive, El Gato EyeTV for the DVR function, and 4 GB RAM. I’ll probably add more RAM soon. I might add a new HD controller and USB buss on PCI cards to take advantage of the more modern internal and external HDs too. It took exactly 3 minutes to add the new DVD reader/burner, no drivers, no configuration, just plug it in.

  4. Samsung and Androidnusers sure are willing to put up with a lot of sh$&t… If Apple did these things I would drop them immediately … But… I guess that’s why Apple buyers are so loyal. Android is like a bad relationship you keep trying to make it work, tell your friends and family everything is fine…. But eventually you just say f&$k it, leave and find a partner who treats you right….. There’s someone out there for everyone….Siri !!!!!

    1. A lot of iPhone 3G users, including my brother, got screwed by Apple with the iOS4 update. About the only thing they got was app folders, but the update made the 3G dog slow with laggy responsiveness. The latest 4.x update never fully fixed that, and Apple didn’t allow people to revert to 3.x.

      A few 3G friends moved to Android. My brother was considering the same, haven’t asked what he finally decided to do.

      1. Your point is totally overblown. My wife’s 3Gs is still plenty fast. Many of the issues were solved long ago. And if your brother and friends move to android after reading this article, well, there’s an idiot born every minute of every day…

  5. A related article explained that this was typical of Samsung’s way of thinking, only caring about getting customers to buy the products, but “washing their hands” of the product once the customer owns it.

    So, to Samsung, the device’s OS is like “firmware.” If it’s not broken in some major way, there is no need to release a software update or upgrade. Doing so, as a service to customers to keep them happy, is just an unnecessary expense.

    1. Every month there is a new Samsung replacement of their products. It is not in the interest of Samsung to enable their customers to prolong the life of their products. Samsung wants its customers to ditch the old products for new ones every month.

      That’s how it is able to undercut its competitors’ pricing and also to copy any new features of its competitors’ offering. This is the tactic of a Korean chaebol whose business ethics are opaque, with many uncontrolled cross-subsidies and incestuous relationship with politicians. It’s no wonder why Western businesses are no match under such uneven playing field – the natural killing field for a chaebol such as Samsung.

  6. How many versions of a Samsung Galaxy something or other are there… it’s already pretty confusing as to which one runs which version of that robot OS. Talk about confusing the actual consumers… “is it the old Galaxy, the original Galaxy, the newest Galaxy, the tablet Galaxy, the Milky Way Galaxy, the distant Galaxy with a side of ice cream sandwich with hot fudge intergalactic sauce…??”

      1. No need for confusion. It’s actually pretty consistent. When you buy a Samsung product, what you get when you pay for it IS what you get, forever. Don’t expect anything more…

        I wouldn’t expect an upgrade to a Samsung microwave oven. I shouldn’t expect an upgrade to a Samsung smartphone or tablet. That would be against their corporate “philosophy.”

  7. When it was announced in late October that HTC’s Nexus One phone wouldn’t run Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0, Michael DeGusta found that it is actually quite common for older (legacy) phones to be incompatible with the latest Android system software.

    He referred to these as “Android Orphans.”

    The chart accompanying his article shows the huge contrast between Android’s history and Apple’s in this regard:

    This isn’t about Apple fans using the lack of upgradability to attack Android. It comes down to real issues that consumers care about: the ability to purchase an app and know that it is compatible with your phone, the ability to fix security problems (hacks and viruses) with an update available to all, the ability to transfer apps from an older phone to a newly purchased one, etc. These are big deals to the typical consumer!

    I believe DeGusta’s findings plus other comparative research (iOS vs. Android) would have a big impact on the typical consumer, who want their phones to just work, with no hassles. Apple should develop a series of commercials to highlight these differences so consumers are better informed before purchasing their next phone. The current setting, where consumers depend on word-of-mouth and cheap prices in selecting phones, offers Android a huge advantage in the marketplace. 

    It’s not enough for Apple to produce a higher quality product; consumers need to be made aware of what quality refers to in a mobile device and how it matters to their everyday experience as users.

    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Why fragmentation matters:

    Kindle Fire lacks parental controls, off switch for online purchases:

    Lack of parental controls on Amazon’s tiny screen Kindle Fire lets kids charge up a storm

    High repair costs of Android phones:

    1. I agree.

      Also, I wonder — can iSO-5 install on the iPhone original,
      3 or 3g? And if so, does it not lack functions. Example SIRI was not intended to work yet on the iPhone4. Nor does it work on my IPAD.

      Yes, as to the article… ANDROID is its own worst problem.

      And it is safe to understand that – the Android clowns like Samsung – are consistent to their market. As all manufactures before smartphones are – the do not Think Differently.

      Samsung and others — believe — Inferior, disposable, non-upgradeable devices have a life span of about 1 to 2 years… and HOPE people to buy a new product once they REALIZE they need it.

      1. iOS 5 can’t run on original iPhone or 3G. It runs fine on the 3GS.

        Siri does not officially run on the iPhone 4. There’s always a few features available on the latest hardware that’s not available on the older. Location-based reminders did not work on my 3GS, for example, before I upgraded to the 4S.

      1. I just read your words and would like to point out, when others fall or make mistakes, slip-up or make a typo — should we laugh?

        “I’m was wondering…” I believe you mean, ‘I WAS WONDERING’; yet I am suspecting you deliberately wrote it that way to let us all laugh – THANKS for that. Lol.

        It happens to us all – and sometimes the autocorrection is the culprit – but most times we just are in such a rush we fail to RE-READ our own words.

        1. I don’t really care about correcting anyone’s spelling since I mess up enough on that count, but since it was brought up, the thing that caught my eye was the “to” instead of “two.” Since the intent was clear, maybe it could just pass for the updated “2.” 😉

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