updated 01:45 pm EDT, Wed April 4, 2012
Samsung sees 2012 tablet setback due to OS issues
Samsung on Tuesday delayed the Galaxy Tab 2 line by a month. After having missed its March target, the company told IDG that the 7.0 and 10.1 variants should first ship at the end of April, to UK residents. It didn't give an indication of when other countries would get theirs, although these were originally meant to follow later.
The delay was owing to problems getting Android 4.0 running properly on the new tablets, Samsung said. Both Galaxy Tab 2 variants are to be Samsung's first tablets using the more recent OS.
Android 4.0 upgrades have faced mounting setbacks at Samsung. Although it's currently upgrading some Galaxy S II owners, the Korean firm had to delay its Galaxy Note upgrade to sometime in the current quarter. Some believe the setback comes from conflicts between the new OS' groundwork and the extensive customizations Samsung has made for its TouchWiz interface.
While short, the setback may be a dangerous one for Samsung, which has already acknowledged that it's faring poorly in tablets. The company has been eclipsed not just by Apple but by Amazon's Kindle Fire, and currently has under six percent share, based on fall estimates. With the Galaxy Note 10.1 also a more conservative update than the new iPad, the delay could see Apple have months or more with a technical edge over Samsung in addition to its existing market share advantages.