Samsung offers an explanation as to why Galaxy S, Galaxy Tab won't see Ice Cream Sandwich

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from Omaha, NE
Published: December 23, 2011

Samsung Galaxy S

Some Samsung Galaxy S owners may have been a little confused and upset about the fact that their device was missing from Samsung's Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade list, but today the company has tried to explain the situation in a Samsung Tomorrow blog post. According to Samsung, neither the Galaxy S nor the 7-inch Galaxy Tab will be getting a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich because such an update requires a device meet certain hardware specifications (like a certain amount of RAM and ROM) to run Android 4.0 alongside Samsung's TouchWiz customizations, and those two products just don't have what it takes. The company goes on to explain that unlike a handset like the Nexus S, which features similar specs to the Galaxy S, the aforementioned Galaxy devices must run TouchWiz as well as manufacturer and carrier-specific features on top of plain ol' Android.

Samsung's explanation is definitely a bummer for all of the folks toting around a Galaxy S or Galaxy Tab, but it doesn't come as a huge surprise. After all, when you consider how quickly the mobile world moves, both devices are starting to get a little long in the tooth. The good news is that Android's got a pretty strong hacking community, so even if Samsung doesn't decide to pull an HTC and change its mind here, Galaxy S and Tab owners can still hope for an unofficial ICS update.

Via The Verge, Samsung Tomorrow