Last week Samsung announced the official list of devices that would be getting the nod for an upgrade to Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich. Unfortunately for the 20 million or so Galaxy S users, their faithful device was left off the guest list.
Although the GT-I9000’s bigger brother’s and cousins the Galaxy S II and 2nd-gen Tab series would be seeing the latest and greatest out of Google’s Android HQ, the Galaxy S was strangely left behind. I say this because the similarly spec’d Samsung Nexus S (512MB RAM, 1GHz Cortex-A8 CPU and PowerVR SGX540 GPU) has already seen the update before any other device. Now the timeliness of the update for the Nexus S makes perfect sense because it is a Google development platform device, but to outright say that its blood brother–the Galaxy S–would not be receiving the update was downright blasphemy to the ears of it’s 20 million users.
Samsung claimed that it would be unable to release a TouchWiz supported version of ICS on the Galaxy S and thus would not be releasing an update at all. Users around the world cried foul and now thanks to the voice of the consumer, Samsung will indeed be releasing a “Value Pack” ICS update which will utilize lightweight version of TouchWiz to accommodate the GT-I9000’s hardware. The update will include ICS’s improvements to multitasking/web browsing, camera shooting features including anti-shake, widgets, Android beam and face unlock.
According to the report, if Samsung cannot get Google’s verification, then some of Google’ default services such as gmail, google map, and market cannot be used. I doubt they would forego such integral features, but there is mention of how upgrading may cause instability and that although Samsung will strive to “minimize inconvenience and worry,” there will be no “definite bars [gaurantees].”
What do you guys think? Are you willing to sacrifice some features and/or stability to get ICS on your Galaxy S? Comment us below!