Samsung Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab Might Get Ice Cream Sandwich After All
By Kevin Lee
Last week, Samsung released its list of devices that would be getting Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Curiously, the Galaxy S and 7-inch Galaxy Tab were missing from the roster, to which Samsung made a separate statement that the two devices did not have enough memory to run the new OS and Samsung’s custom TouchWiz UI.
Now it seems Samsung is backpedaling on their earlier decision, if reports that the company is reconsidering the possibility of an upgrade in internal discussions are to be believed. There is no official confirmation other than hearsay, but the running theory is it might have to do with some 10 million disappointed Galaxy S users.
Samsung originally said that the Galaxy S and 7-inch Galaxy Tab would not be able to run ICS, TouchWiz, and other “experience-enhancing” software concurrently due to a lack of RAM and ROM. While the Galaxy S and ICS-toting Nexus S have the same 1GHz Hummingbird processor, Samsung argued that the Galaxy Nexus only needs to run a vanilla Ice Cream Sandwich.
Now it seems like Samsung’s engineers only have to adjust some numbers and priorities for memory usage, and we’ll have some official ICS for the Galaxy S and 7-inch Galaxy Tab–and if not, there’s probably some rooted build that developers are cooking up.