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Samsung re-examining Galaxy S, Galaxy Tab ICS updates after all the outrage

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Samsung re-examining Galaxy S, Galaxy Tab ICS updates after all the outrage
Turns out being publicly outraged actually can sometimes help - Samsung seems to have reversed its decision not to update the Samsung Galaxy S and original 7-inch Galaxy Tab to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Samsung’s decision not to bring ICS to the popular devices resulted in a loud outcry and the Koreans are reportedly backtracking and are reevaluating their decision.

Earlier, Samsung put the blame on insufficient RAM and ROM for a smooth ICS experience, but users pointed out that the virtually similar hardware-wise Nexus S is getting the very same update. Now, the Koreans say they are going to re-examine the devices and try to figure out a way to deliver the update. The overwhelming user outrage seems to be the main reason, so while we still don’t have a definite commitment by Samsung, we’re definitely expecting the good news to become official soon. We’ll update you as soon as we have more on this. 

source: AJNews via TheVerge

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posted on 27 Dec 2011, 08:17 9

1. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)

quite frankly, ICS is coming thru CM9 or some ICS ports of custom roms, these 1st gen galaxy s models are already out of warranty by this time anyways so why not root it? specially for highly popular devices and has a large community like these, rooting will be a piece of cake..

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 21:59

27. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)

because what about the people who dont know how to root it... it hasnt even been a year and a half for most people who own it and samsung is already desupporting the phone? thats just cheap of samsung... they better decide to fix this because that is just ridiculous if they cant update year old phones because of their own software

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 08:18 5

2. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

Ha I knew they'll pull a Sony Ericsson on that! Now I get a cookie :3

Oh and congratulations to the owner of those handsets sure there is still hope

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 08:38 1

3. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)

I just hope that all manufacturers and carriers will update atleast all late 2010 and 2011 models with ICS.. doesnt matter if its a low end or a high end model..

having a lower built in memory shouldnt be an excuse. they always made a lower end version of android for lower end devices since 1.4 and above, so why not ICS?

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 09:03 6

5. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

for many phones internal memory is a big issue with ICS. There just isnt enough of it. GalaxyS doesnt have that problem as it has 2 gigs set aside for system and apps. most HTC phones for example though have barely 200 mb free after system resources for apps and updates.

I been running ICS just fine on my vibrant for a few weeks now. There is no reason they cant update it. most sgs1 customers are close to their upgrade dates though, they wanted to force the upgrade to a new phone. It makes me mad, but at the same time its business. Like I keep saying.. you should never expect an update beyond what comes on the phone unless its a bug fix. That said.. bring on ICS bitches! :)

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 10:45

6. gallitoking (Posts: 4721; Member since: 17 May 2011)

maybe they should mislead their customer to believe is ram/rom .. also easy for you to say dont expect anything because you were able to install it your self.. but most people cant install ICS on their own.. you cant not to expect it when you have it on your phone...

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 14:21 4

16. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

you shouldnt expect it. where exactly in the brochure when you bought the phone says "it will always get the next update to the OS for free?"

Does microsoft or Apple give you the next big update for free? Was OSX free? Windows 7? What if you had the previous versions? was it free then? Did you ever expect it to be free?

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 14:52 1

17. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

today everyone expects everything to be free....we should not expect updates unless we are told to expect an update

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 18:27

24. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)

I love how android users are now in support of not pushing out updates to devices that can support them. Its kinda being blind and overly loyal to the manufacturers don't ya think? (sheep anyone?) If manufactures ever adopt what you guys are saying then NO PHONES WOULD EVER GET UPDATED just cause they didn't say so. That's basically what some of you are advocating.

All the manufacturers have to do is put the update on their devices. They don't have to create the software, they don't have to add new features, they don't have to deal with customer demands, or any of that. All they have to do is optimize it for their devices and add their skin. If anyone should be charging it should be GOOGLE to the Motorola, HTC, and Samsung or directly to the end consumer. But since Google isn't charging, it better freaking be free. It would be a slap in the face to all Android users if the companies starts charging for software they received for free. Notice how its Microsoft that charges for its major updates and not HP, Sony, or Toshiba.

posted on 28 Dec 2011, 01:56

29. Crossblade (Posts: 215; Member since: 21 Apr 2005)

Remixfa, shouldn't you compare it with iOS?
Is IOS5 free for the iPhone 4 - yes it is.
Is it free on the 3GS - yes it is.

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 16:03 2

21. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

Tell that to many of the Sprint customers who cannot use Siri.

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 08:58

4. VileKittie (Posts: 6; Member since: 10 Dec 2011)

It makes one want to continue to Invest in the Manufacture if they put in an Update Lifespan. I'm very happy for this

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 11:28 4

8. RamyRamz69 (Posts: 390; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)

They probably saw 10 million customers buying SE and HTC phones L!

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 11:39

9. israelian (Posts: 12; Member since: 15 Dec 2011)

I couldn't care less. TouchWiz is full of sh*t..!!! Samsung, give us the original ICS update!!!

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 12:03 2

11. Cwebb (Posts: 501; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

Hey, Samsung does care enough about the consumer to at least give ICS a second thought. A lot more than I thought they would, but they probably saw people (like me) leave Sammy to go to more reliable manufacturers like HTC

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 12:51 3

12. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

if they do update thats good but i dont think anyone should expect updates regardless of the spec....you buy a device whether its a phone.car,tv etc on the merit of how it works the day you purchased the device X not whether it will get an update almost a year and a half later...again if they update then thats good,they have already update the galaxy s twice(2.2 and 2.3) which is more than any other android devices,lol atmost many android devices get 1 update and thats it.....also the galaxy s is a 2010 model and yet theres an uproar but no one is saying anything about the fact that if am correct that htc,motorola etc are not updating any of there 2010 models to ics.

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 13:07

13. jove39 (Posts: 1976; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

Who need ICS wrapped in TouchWiz...I'll go with CM9 :)

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 13:22 2

14. catt4u (Posts: 145; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)

It would be nice if Samsung does bring an update for the SGS to ICS
Although it already got updated to 2.3.6 (which are 3!! updates from the original 2.1)
So Samsung does a very well job in updating the 'old' SGS in my view.

I think the best thing they can offer is a CLEAN ICS update for the SGS and leave customers the option to install a launcher of choice.
Or to install a more limited version of TouchWiz which is less memory demanding.

Anyway Samsung has improved (learned from the past) on updating older phones :)

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 14:58 1

18. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

I would guess that many people that are not on these sites etc actually like touchwiz and is one of the reasons they brought the galaxy s...I reckon they would be more frustrated to update and not find touchwiz and find a whole new UI which they then have to get used too....hey I love stock ics but when I got a Samsung device I new I was getting touchwiz and I will not get a stock update...if we.want stock updates we should get a nexus device its as simple as that.

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 14:04 1

15. Lwazi_N (Posts: 205; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)

As I noted in the initial post, ram/rom are really not to blame this time. Samsung just realize it will take more resources to update these gadgets and two, they wanna sell their current galaxy line. But after the outcry, they saw that it would be more damaging to the company if they don't update these two gadgets. Or maybe they just wanted to see what the response would be if they decided not to update- and they got their answer. They have no choice but to update.

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 15:04 1

19. Azure01 (Posts: 127; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

Samsung can choke on a fat one. Don't listen to their bs the infuse still hasen't even gotten gingerbread.

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 17:45 1

23. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

you who you can blame for that?your carrier they decide when an if to release an update regardless of whether samsung has one ready.just look at how the international versions always get the updates months and months in advance of the US variants ie the galaxy s

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 16:02 1

20. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

Why are people upset that the Galaxy S will not, perhaps, get ICS? It is a very outdated phone, but still a good phone. Get a newer phone, like most are planning, and wait for ICS on that one.

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 19:23 1

25. dorfoz (Posts: 149; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

Cuz ppl like me paid for a premium phone and I thought it was awesome with the specs (at the time). Granted it's outdated, but why do I have to suffer as a customer for inconsistencies of the company. That's why I'll never buy an android ever again until the company has proven their reliability for 5 years at best. iPhone 3gs is a year older than the galaxy s and still has support of Apple.

I'll stick to iOS or Windows. At least they actually mandate an update on ALL their devices. I don't own an android now after using it for 8 months, and I'm glad that it happened. Synthetic benchmark don't mean anything when the phone, in reality, I had more force closes and battery restarts because it is that damn UNRELIABLE.

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 20:11 1

26. pegasso (Posts: 285; Member since: 27 Nov 2011)

those phones should have an ICS update at the 1st place.
cause, the LG Optimus Black will get ICS,
and IINM, LG Optimus Black has virtually the same specs as Samsung i9003 Galaxy SL (which is the spec down version of Samsung i9000 Galaxy S).
and just like the Galaxy SL, the Android UI on Optimus Black also heavily customized by LG.
so there's no reason for Samsung not to upgrade the whole Galaxy S family.....

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 23:57 1

28. AriesRam (Posts: 4; Member since: 27 Dec 2011)


Dont bulls**t your way out.....the tech specs of Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab is fully capable of adapting Android 4.0.x ICS.

There are other brands of phones with the same tech specs which will be getting the ICS.....how do U justify that?

No more nonsense from U.....just deliver the version as required by Google's terms and conditions agreed upon partnership.

posted on 28 Dec 2011, 07:55

30. nmerry77 (Posts: 39; Member since: 28 Mar 2010)

Personally I love my Origional SGS! My epic has been so good 2 me!! I was thrilled when it got updated,knowing it was an "older phone" and my not recieve any new updates. Ive had this phone since the day it came out,September1st 1010..... will not be eligable for an upgrade til July 2012....with that being said.....i would love 2 see ICS come 2 my phone,since I canot buy a new phone yet. I will say,that my next phone will either be the GS2 or Gs3 if its out......but then again....il really miss my keyboard!!!

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