updated 01:30 pm EDT, Fri October 28, 2011
Samsung Italy confirms Android 4 upgrade schedule
Samsung Italy ended a minor amount of doubt Friday after it relayed plans to upgrade its higher-end devices to Android 4.0. The Galaxy Note, Galaxy S II, and every Android 3-based tablet from the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus through to the Galaxy Tab 10.1 would get the upgrade by spring 2012, HDBlog.it was told. The original Galaxy S and other models were lower priorities, Samsung said, as the priority was getting the OS on devices it knew would support the OS and then evaluating lower-end devices.
The company may have revealed a true hardware baseline for Android 4.0 after it said that any device needed at least WVGA (480x800) for Samsung to consider an upgrade.
Android 4.0 will be the most help to the Galaxy Note and S II, as both will get the major phone interface changes. On a tablet, the changes are subtler and mostly include updated core apps, face unlock, and others that aren't dependent on the screen size.
While it shows Samsung committed to supporting its older hardware, it still leaves the Galaxy Nexus as Samsung's only known device to be carrying Android 4.0 in the near future. More is likely to surface either at the CES expo in January or at Mobile World Congress in February.