Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. this week said that the Galaxy S smartphone and the Galaxy Tab tablet will not receive Google Inc.’s Ice Cream Sandwich OS due to technical limitations.
The company said in a blog post that the two devices lack the required RAM and ROM for Android 4.0 after installation of Samsung’s proprietary TouchWiz software.
Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy S phone will receive the Ice Cream Sandwich update due to its status as a pure Android device.
The new Android 4.0 OS, code-named Ice Cream Sandwich, includes the ability to create folders of apps, list view and flick away currently running apps, take screen shots, save e-mails for offline search, set mobile data limits, Android Beam to bump info to another user, and a new face unlock feature to unlock the phone via facial recognition technology.
The software was released to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, which includes a 4.65-inch display at 1280 x 720 resolution, 1GB RAM, 5MP camera with 1080p video recording, 1.3MP front-facing camera, barometer, and NFC technology.