Samsung has officially done what many have been afraid of hearing, and that’s refusing to update older devices because they just have to include TouchWiz. The Galaxy Tab and Galaxy S are two devices that put Samsung on the map as a high end Android device manufacturer. There have been problems with updating them to newer software versions in the past, but it sure didn’t stop the devices from flying off shelves worldwide. Now many Android users holding devices with extremely similar hardware specifications to the device that launched Android 4.0 (Samsung Galaxy Nexus) have to accept the fact that their devices will not officially receive the update.
This may be for other minor reasons, but the main factor that is causing Samsung to hold of on Ice Cream Sandwich-ing these older devices is one thing: TouchWiz. Samsung’s official Korean blog states that these devices do not have enough memory to hold ICS with the added TouchWiz features, and therefore delivers a less than desirable Android experience. This is most disappointing because a lot of Galaxy Tab and Galaxy S users don’t want TouchWiz on their devices in the first place. Although I do commend Samsung for not delivering a half-baked software update, something inside me is just screaming the obvious thought: just push ICS to the devices without TouchWiz. But we all know this won’t happen, and it’s very sad to see manufacturers still aren’t content with Google’s UI, no matter how much emphasis they put into updating it in the latest iteration of Android. Either way, this leaves Galaxy Tab and Galaxy S users with only the option to root their devices and flash ICS themselves. Hopefully OEM’s will soon start to realize users want Android the way it was designed, without a laggy or battery eating customization slapped on top.