Galaxy Note is not the only mobile device being delayed for ICS upgrade.
We have been talking a lot out delays in the arrival of Ice Cream Sandwich on Galaxy mobile devices for a while. The Galaxy S II was delayed and is finally in the process of getting Android 4.0.3, though in a very slow upgrade process. The Galaxy Note did not arrive with ICS installed and that OS upgrade should have been completed prior to the end of the first quarter. The Galaxy Note continues to wait for Android 4.0.3 and it is supposed to arrive some time in Q2. That is about as specific as Samsung has provided, so there is a wide windows for it to arrive. Given the past problems, there is always a possibility that it could arrive even later. And this is not just Galaxy mobile devices which are being impacted.
While the reports of Samsung devices being delayed, such as the Galaxy Note delay of ICS, there are more being impacted by a delayed OS upgrade, but has impacted new products as well. The Galaxy Tab 2 has been delayed because there are problems with Android 4.0.3 running on the coming tablets. It seems that other devices are reporting that the promised Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade has missed the dates and is being promised at a later date. The Droid Razor and the Razor Maxx have missed the previously announced dates for the Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade. This is coming via a leak from Best Buy. The HTC Rezound is getting the ICS upgrade on time, but the Motorola mobile phones are not.
These delays are not an isolated situation and seem to indicate issues with adding on manufacturers and wireless carrier content to Android 4.0.3 which looks like it is problematic. Samsung and Motorola are obviously having some issues with getting things to operate correctly on some of their handsets, through not all of them. The question is whether the problems lie with the manufacturers updates to ICS for the wireless carrier. As an example, Android 4.0.3 has been rolling out to the HTC Sensation. But, the T-Mobile version of the HTC sensation has been delayed for receiving ICS. It does seem strange that T-Mobile is having a problem, but may indicate conflicts between ICS, the changes made by HTC to layer on their items and then T-Mobile layering on their items.
That may explain the delays which are being reported. Where do you think the problems are happening at?