Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Samsung unveils lineup of U.S. carrier phones to get ICS update

Samsung has unveiled its Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) upgrades plans for devices on three of the Big Four U.S. carriers, and there aren't any surprises, which is probably a disappointment for some.

[The one omission is No. 4 carrier T-Mobile, for which Samsung will provide updates in the future.]

The surprise that many were hoping for would have been an ICS update for the Samsung Galaxy S. The company first said it wouldn't upgrade the device to ICS because of spec requirements, but also because of the device's TouchWiz skin.

That brought a raft of public criticism, after which Samsung said it would review the update, but the announcement that the international Galaxy S wouldn't receive an ICS update meant this shouldn't come as any surprise.

In addition, the Samsung Galaxy Tab won't be receiving an ICS update; it was another device that Samsung said it would re-examine after similar public outcry over the lack of an ICS upgrade path.

Samsung's table of devices is below.

Carrier Devices
Verizon Galaxy Tab 10.1 (SCH-i905)
Galaxy Tab 7.7 (SCH-i815)
AT&T Galaxy S II (SGH-i777)
Galaxy S II Skyrocket (SGH-i727)
Galaxy Note (SGH-i717)
Captivate Glide (SGH-i927)
Galaxy Tab 8.9 (SGH-i957)
Sprint Nexus S 4G (SPH-d720) Available now
Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch (SPH-d710)
T-Mobile We are in close communication with T-Mobile to ensure that eligible devices are upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in the coming months and will provide updates as we have additional details to share.
Wi-fi Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Wi-Fi (P6210)
Galaxy Tab 8.9 Wi-Fi (P7310)
Galaxy Tab 10.1 Wi-Fi (P7510)

In addition to no real T-Mobile information, the most important item: when, is still missing. It continues to be frustrating for Android users to be sitting on a handset, perhaps one recently released, unable to upgrade to the latest version, even though the handset is perfectly capable of running it.

It's for this reason that some simply give in and move to a custom ROM, like CyanogenMod.

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