Samsung Galaxy S owners better take a seat for this, because, according to the Korean phone-maker, the best-selling handset will definitely not be receiving an upgrade to the latest Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) release of Android.
The shocking and disappointing news came in a statement from Samsung’s media relations team to ComputerWorld, which stated that, due to hardware constraints, it will not be possible to efficiently run ICS on the handset that launched a year and a half ago and has sold more than 20 million units worldwide to date.
In addition to the Galaxy S, the original Galaxy Tab will also miss out on an update, leaving owners no choice but to upgrade to one of the newer models.
Samsung said: “A full update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for the Galaxy Tab (7-inch) and Galaxy S is not practicable due to hardware limitations. Samsung remains committed to providing the best possible mobile experience to all existing and new customers.”
The lack of available memory (ROM, RAM, etc) has been cited as one of the key reasons not being being able to port ICS to the devices. By Samsung’s own admission, much of the capacity available is taken up by proprietary software, such as the TouchWiz custom UI, Samsung widgets and other network and country-specific services that are installed out of the box and can’t be removed without expert know-how.
It’s unknown at this point whether Samsung will consider offering a vanilla version of ICS. Some rumours floating about suggest that it might provide a special edition of Gingerbread instead with some features of ICS integrated. What these might be is anybody’s guess right now.
Whatever the case, as soon as we find out more, you’ll be among the first to know.