updated 09:20 am EST, Tue December 27, 2011
Samsung may find way to fit Android 4 in Galaxy
Samsung has said it's reconsidering plans to skip Android 4.0 on the original Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab. In a pair of responses to AJ News and MSN, the Korean company said it was "discussing ways to support" the new OS on the earlier hardware. The over 20 million original Galaxy S owners and the vocal opposition to Samsung's current plans were considered important factors.
The firm had originally claimed that its TouchWiz interface layer meant there wasn't enough memory to port Android 4.0 to the earlier phones and tablets. Its argument drew a close parallel to HTC's problems with Desire upgrades, where Sense nearly prevented an Android 2.3 upgrade altogether and had to be cut down to appease angry users.
Both cases, most of all for Samsung, have illustrated a history of characteristically poor support for all but completely stock Android devices. Under current plans, the Galaxy S would be losing support just a year and a half after it shipped, while the Galaxy Tab would be going without just one year later. The Nexus One only just lost support nearly three years later.
In contrast, every iPhone to date has or will have had three years of OS updates. Apple's control over every facet of the OS and its hardware requirements lets even an iPhone 3GS both run the latest version of its OS and perform as well or better than earlier versions. [via The Verge]