A couple of days ago we gave you the news that Samsung had given indication when some of the company’s devices could expect to see the Android Ice Cream Sandwich update. There were a couple of former flagship devices missing from the list though, and today we can tell you that Samsung explain why the Galaxy S ICS no show.
When Samsung announced plans for the Android 4.0 update the original Galaxy Tab joined the Galaxy S, by seemly missing out on the update. What’s even more surprising according to Phone Arena is the fact that the Nexus S is getting ICS, and is a similar device to the Galaxy S.
Samsung has now said there is a number of reasons why the new Android operating system won’t be landing on the Galaxy S. These include the Samsung TouchWiz overlay, additional widgets, video conferencing software, and carrier software and localization. Samsung also stated that there are issues with ROM and RAM management.
This news will raise fears that Android fragmentation will still be around even with Ice Cream Sandwich, which was the software that was originally believed to fix the issue. Even though the Galaxy S was launched in 2010, it is still a powerful smartphone that now looks to be getting left behind.
Compare this to the Apple iOS platform that has seen the most recent iOS 5 release become available for the 2008 iPhone 3GS. If you are up to the job you could always put on a custom Android 4.0 ROM on to your Galaxy S, but it’s far from ideal.
Are you disappointed that ICS is not coming to the Galaxy S?