Ice Cream Sandwich not showing up on Galaxy devices
Since the release of the Verizon Galaxy Nexus in December, it was expected the Galaxy devices would soon see a version of Ice Cream Sandwich which could be downloaded and installed to take advantage of the great features. The Galaxy Note 5.3 was released in February on AT&T’s wireless network, but did not come with the expected Android 4.0. There have been no clearly defined reasons why almost 2 months after it showed up on the Galaxy Nexus, that it could not be included with the Galaxy Note. Samsung released information last month talking about dates of availability for Galaxy devices and now more than a month later, that list is already out of date.
Samsung has now provided updated information for the Galaxy Note, saying that it will be getting Ice Cream Sandwich some time in the 2nd quarter. That is a very broad period of time, yet last month they said it would be showing up by the end of March. A big change by Samsung. In the latest information, they are saying there will be a “Premium Suite” coming with Android 4.0 in an attempt to bury the delay to the Galaxy Note. There is no indication as to why Samsung is delaying the roll out and should be a concern to every Galaxy mobile device owner. Delaying the update because they want to include some Premium Suite is not enough of a reason to hold off providing the latest and greatest OS from Google.
While Samsung is not the only manufacturer not rolling out ICS in a timely manner, they have the global market share for mobile phones. It seems that ICS is rolling out as a slow trickle rather than the torrent we expected to see when Ice Sandwich first came to the market last December. Since that time, we have heard about existing Galaxy devices which would not be getting the update and a proposed list of devices which would be getting the upgrade. Since the Galaxy Nexus roll out, there has not been a new Galaxy device released which came with Ice Cream Sandwich.
It seems that the upgrade list when first released had most of the listed phones in Q2 and that was provided in February. The update to the Galaxy S2 started rolling out last week in most locations and is about 2 months later than expected back in December. It was estimated back then we would see updates to start showing up at the end of January. Seems that 3 months later is far worse than anyone would have imagined it would be.
Is Samsung having great difficulty converting Ice Cream Sandwich to run TouchWiz on their devices?