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Samsung Galaxy S won’t be getting any ICS update

Well that’s that. For Samsung Galaxy S owners who are hoping that their beloved phone would get any sort of Ice Cream Sandwich update, even a toned down version, well, it’s not coming.

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Late last year, when asked whether the Galaxy S would get the ICS update, Samsung said that the hardware cannot handle the new Android OS without sacrificing the performance and overall user experience. Something to do with memory or storage shortage. Then eventually, they planned on releasing a Value Pack instead. This Value Pack will be a software update that will give your Galaxy S phone running on Gingerbread some features of the Ice Cream Sandwich.

Anyway, a Samsung spokesperson shot that idea down recently, saying that the company will not offer the Value Pack update anymore due to the hardware limitations which would prevent users to have the full Gingerbread experience.

For the adventurous owners out there, there’s still the option of rooting your Galaxy S to install Ice Cream Sandwich. However, XDA forum users are saying that the ICS is a poor fit for the phone anyway and it’s not worth the trouble.

[GSM Arena]
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  • Ian

    aww i hate samsung, sony ericsson even confirmed ICS update for the xperia mini, which is just an entry level smartphone.

  • Edsar

    Such a shame for Samsung not to include Galaxy S more than a year old phone lang tapos kung iwan nalang sa ere ganun nalang. Tama ka Ian buti pa nga Sony Ericsson may paki alam sa past products nila. Flagship phone ang GS 1 diba? Shame!
    So happy I skip Ace for Mini Pro super worth it!

    • Griswold

      i dont think samsung can do anything about it anymore. pwede nilang pilitin pero masisira yung experience ng tao pag laging magla-lag yung phone.

      frankly, i’m interested in how sony can bring ICS sa single-core phones nila considering maliit din internal storage and RAM ng mga Xperia nila. We’ll just have to wait and see this May.

    • JmBalicano

      It’s kind of sad that the Galaxy S has reached its EOL in terms of support. Granted, it’s already been through two major OS updates from Eclair to Froyo, and then Gingerbread. Still, it’s a decently specced phone that people were still buying long after it lost its flagship status with the release of the S2. And yeah, seeing as a number of Xperia phones that have been promised the update are similarly specced or even worse off, I see the hardware limitation thingy as a lame excuse to cover up a business decision not to update the Galaxy S to ICS.