Earlier this month, Samsung confirmed that the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich software would come to the Samsung Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Note – no such joy for the original Galaxy S and Ace. This move has caused such an uproar among the leagues of Galaxy S owners that Samsung is now reportedly looking into producing an update for the ageing handset.
The reason why the Samsung Galaxy S wasn’t going to get the upgrade to ICS, when it easily has the specs the system requires, is TouchWiz. This custom UI means a lot of extra work has to go into creating a (mostly) bug-free Android 4.0 update. Work means time – and the old saying goes, time is money. Samsung clearly didn’t factor-in quite how fervent many Galaxy S fans are, though, in shrugging off the 2010 phone.
Two months ago, Samsung revealed the Galaxy S series has shifted more than 30 million units. And as the Android geek’s handset of choice for many, many of these are highly vocal and demanding in the online space.
Samsung hasn’t officially confirmed a Galaxy S update as such, but says it is reviewing the viability of producing one following massive customer demand. So, if you’re desperate for a slice of Ice Cream Sandwich, your best bet is to make sure Samsung knows it. Let’s leave out smashing the windows of Samsung HQ, mind – such behaviour is so 2011.
An easy response to the key TouchWiz issue here is to suggest Samsung dumps the user interface for the update – if only things were that simple. Every Galaxy phone apart from the Google-branded Galaxy Nexus has used a version of TouchWiz, making it a key part of the series’s personality. To leave it out would be tantamount to admitting it’s not actually that important. We don’t think it is, if we’re honest, but Samsung’s unlikely to be fond of swallowing such a chunk of humble pie.
Earlier in December 2011, Samsung’s statement on upcoming ICS updates only pointed towards a vague 2012 release date. Updates for the newer Samsung Galaxy SII and Note will likely take precedence, so we’d suggest not getting too excited at this point – any Galaxy S software release is months away.
via The Verge