With the latest release of Gingerbread 2.3 released for the Galaxy S line of phones I started poking around the web to see if my AT&T Samsung Captivate will ever see an official release of Android’s OS Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0. It left me sorely disappointed.
Samsung states that due to the older hardware won’t be able to handle ICS due to the fact of a few things:
- Hardware specs and age of the devices.
- Not enough on-board memory.
- Unable to add Touch-Wiz and Wireless Provider Bloatware.
From the site itself: (translated from Korean)
Google Ice Cream Sandwich platform stable in order to use
different hardware specifications must be met and,
in particular, the available memory (RAM, ROM, etc.) capacity is important.
Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab Nexus S, unlike Google platform in addition to
manufacturer-specific functions (Touch Wiz / Samsung Widgets / video calls, etc.),
country-specific features (such as mobile TV), carrier services, and
mounted, so too the upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich
Available memory capacity due to lack of satisfactory experience, providing
I can not.
which hardware considerations, customer titles featuring optimal environment
for inevitable that please understand:
We use the For convenience I will do my best.
So, what does this mean? It means we we have two options. Upgrade or get a custom ROM. But I am not surprised. The phones are almost two years old, and if Samsung did try and release it I could foresee more issues due to trying to wedge Touch Wiz and all the bloatware into the devices.
I have already been running Android’s latest OS version Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 on my AT&T Samsung Captivate and I haven’t experienced any of the issues Samsung’s website is claiming. But then I have it stripped of any Bloatware, Touch-Wiz, or anything my provider wants me to be stuck with on my phone.
Check out my post here on me
gloating reporting about my upgrade to ICS for my phone.
Check out my other post here on Gingerbread being updated for the AT&T Samsung Captivate. I have a some helpful links if you decide it is time to free your phone and install a custom ROM onto it.
Meanwhile if you still have a Samsung Galaxy S series device – enjoy the Gingerbread update! Your Galaxy S phone is soon to become obsolete.
*** Update: The verge posts that Samsung might be back peddling a bit on this. Read the article here for the info. (I still won’t be holding my breathe on this.)