Thursday, 29 December 2011

Galaxy S to receive a Value Pack update, not ICS.

A few days ago, rumours around that Samsung having no intention of including the Galaxy S in their Ice Cream Sandwich update plans, were doing rounds. This was due to hardware limitations in the form of an insufficient RAM and ROM, making it inadequate to run Android 4.0 along with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI. This decision by Samsung to omit the Galaxy S from the update was met with some backlash from the handset users. Owing to this stir in the community, it was reported that Samsung would try and port Google’s latest OS to the smartphone. Now SammyHub reports that Samsung will not update their Galaxy S handset to Ice Cream Sandwich, but will provide a Value Pack upgrade, instead.

The report states that with this Value Pack update, the Galaxy S will receive implementations, such as improved web browsing, multi-tasking, new widgets, etc. in order to bring the user experience as close as possible to Ice Cream Sandwich. However, the handset will still run on Android 2.3 and not Android 4.0. The Nexus S has similar hardware specifications as this handset and is receiving the Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade. It appears that Samsung are slashing the capabilities of the Galaxy S, because of its TouchWiz UI.

We will have to just wait and see how the whole thing pans out. For all we know, Samsung may actually provide Ice Cream Sandwich, instead of the Value Pack update. But don't be too hopeful about it, as it may very well be a case of something against nothing.

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