Ice Cream Sandwich is far more complicated to port to Samsung.
In what some would consider a big surprise, Samsung is rescheduling the release of their 7 inch and 10.1 inch Galaxy Tab 2 tablets to the end of April. This is all due to problems with porting Android 4.0 to the tablets and including their add ons to the Open Source code to make it reflect Samsung’s image. We can assume that this is with Android 4.0.3 and not the most recent Android 4.0.4 which was recently announced by Google. It would appear that adding in Samsung specific items is more difficult than first thought and they are still struggling to get things working correctly. This all comes after it was expected the two tablets would be released in the UK last month.
Samsung is now going to be shipping the Galaxy Tab 2 (7 and 10.1 inch) tablets in the UK at the end of April and that is assuming they can resolve all the issues which have caused the delay in the first place. There is still the possibility they are not going to get the work completed by the end of April and things could be delayed further into May. It really is starting to look like getting Ice Cream Sandwich operating on Samsung mobile devices is much harder than they expected.
The reason for the delay is that Samsung and Google need some more time to work on the Ice Cream Sandwich version of the Android mobile operating system, according to a spokesman at Samsung, who didn’t want to elaborate on the details.
Samsung has been facing problems getting Ice Cream Sandwich to work correctly when they add in their TouchWiz interface. If you have worked with the TouchWiz interface and have seen the interface on the Galaxy Nexus, you know the difference between how they look and feel. Some have commented that it makes things look like Android 2.3 Gingerbread. That is not a good analogy and one that Samsung should pay attention to. We have heard rumors they may start to offer a dual boot of Ice Cream Sandwich on a few devices where you can boot into the TouchWiz interface or the plain Google Ice Cream Sandwich interface. The later would be preferred by some.
All of this follows behind the reported delay in Android 4.0 to the Galaxy Note which has been delayed from March to some time in Q2. The actual arrival date of that has not been stated by Samsung and may point to bigger problems with making changes to Android 4.0 for tablet devices. If Samsung does not deliver by the end of the month, there is a real possibility this could impact the arrive of the Galaxy S3 as well.