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Galaxy S Won't Be Receiving Any ICS Update After All

Authored by: Steven Blum — Jan 4, 2012

Blame it on old age and dimensia. It seems the Galaxy S is just too senile and memory-starved to receive an update to the newest Android operating system, Ice Cream Sandwich; not even the rumored "value-pack" will be coming to this Samsung phone. Samsung has said that there's just not enough memory on board the aging Galaxy S for it to handle an update to its Touch Wiz software.

Many owners are predictably upset, especially since Samsung has been sending so many mixed messages on the subject. But considering how hard it is to create an official update that'll satisfy the majority of owners, we understand Samsung's hesitancy. Official updates take months of testing to complete and there's little point in creating an update for a phone that won't be able to handle it. 

Samsung has said the hardware limitations of the Galaxy S preclude it from getting the update. With the Touch Wiz software on-board, there's just not enough space for a major update, and you can't expect Samsung to just get rid of Touch Wiz for an update like this.

That said, Samsung has begun to roll out official ICS updates for the Galaxy S2 and is working to deliver upgrades for the Galaxy Note and newer Galaxy Tab models, as well.

I must say I'm not particularly surprised by this development, especially given the phone's limitations. But it is a bit depressing just how quickly phones become "old" and thus incapable of handling the newest updates. What do you think? Was Samsung right to deny access to yummy ICS to this device or is this just another ploy by the company to make you buy the newest phone?

Source: Phandroid

Steven Blum has written more than 2,000 blog posts as a founding member of AndroidPIT's English editorial team. A graduate of the University of Washington, Steven Blum also studied Journalism at George Washington University in Washington D.C. for two years. Since then, his writing has appeared in The Stranger, The Seattle P-I, Blackbook Magazine and Venture Villlage. He loves the HTC One and hopes the company behind it still exists in a few years.

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  • Christopher Silva
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    Jan 4, 2012 Link to comment

    Alex, this is good news. I mentioned before that the community will bring ICS to many phones and I am sure the i9000 will have a solid version by mid 2012 at the latest..

    Steve, yes, the phone market is brutal.. A phone that is a year old is old news :-(

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  • Alex M. Jan 4, 2012 Link to comment

    I am using ICS now on my i9000. I is great and fluid and has more free space to offer to Tw than 2.3 or earlier.

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  • Steven Blum Jan 4, 2012 Link to comment

    Yeah, I understand that. But I also understand the frustration, since Galaxy S phones are still available for purchase and the phone is not actually that old, per se, even in smartphone terms.

    That said, I'll definitely try and find information on custom ICS ROMS for this phone.

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  • Christopher Silva
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    Jan 4, 2012 Link to comment

    To answer your question Steve, yes. Samsung has to draw the line somewhere. Samsung is continuing to include Touchwiz in all releases. This on top of ICS (seems silly) does use lots of memory. I have been testing the 4.03 release from Samsung on the GalaxyS2 and it includes Touchwiz. I was surprised at how memory hungry this system is.

    If Samsung would abandon Touchwiz, I believe that ICS could run on the original Galaxy. But would it be a smooth and fluid experience, ?

    I am sure CM9 from cyanogen will rin on the older devices and the Galaxy owners will receive some love ;-)

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