Samsung broke millions of Galaxy S users’ hearts when they announced that they would not be supporting an ICS update for the venerable smartphone, however they managed to make amends by announcing the ‘Value Pack’ update which promised to bring Android 4.0 with a lightweight TouchWiz package. It looks like our hopes have been dashed once more.
Samsung’s original rejection of the Galaxy S from the its official ICS upgrade list stunned users as the similarly spec’d Nexus S had already seen its upgrade to ICS. Samsung countered this notion by stating that the 1GHz Hummingbird CPU and PowerVR GPU couldn’t handle ICS as well as TouchWiz. User’s cried foul and Samsung reconsidered, deciding to release a lighter-weight version of TouchWiz so that the Android 4.0 update could still continue.
However, according to a report by The Next Web, a Samsung spokesperson has confirmed that the company will not be offering the update due to the aforementioned hardware deficiencies.
No doubt that there will be a heavy backlash once more by the 10 million+ Galaxy S owners, but for now it looks like we will have to make do with the latest version of Android 2.3, Gingerbread. If you ask me, it’s quite alarming that Samsung is unwilling to support new features for its devices just because it would prevent them from adding their own customizations. I understand that TouchWiz may be attractive at the original point of sale, but Galaxy S owners have had their phones for well over a year now and deserve to get the most out of their devices.
I predict one of two things (possibly both) will occur: 1) Samsung caves again to user pressure but this time follows through with a Android 4.0 update with TouchWiz being significantly reduced or absent from the package, or 2) a fierce push for ICS ROM development for the venerable Galaxy S platform. Let’s hope Samsung can do what it ought to and provide users with a positive ongoing user experience well into the future.