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.
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.