Rejoice, Samsung Galaxy S users: your Value Pack is on its way

Rejoice, Samsung Galaxy S users: your Value Pack is on its wayMobile news can move pretty fast, but there's enough of it out there that we seldom write two stories updating developments on the same subject on the same day.

But such has been the PR fiasco surrounding Samsung's very public debate over whether to produce an Android Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Samsung Galaxy S that we're happy to break our normal practice.

Earlier today we brought you up to speed that Samsung has been forced to review its earlier decision to exclude the Galaxy S (and the original 7in Galaxy Tab, for the record) from the list of Android devices that can expect an upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich over the next few months.

The initial decision, we reported, had been met with such a wave of protest from the millions of Galaxy S users out there that Samsung had reportedly been stung into a change of heart.

Now it's looking like Samsung's solution is to dish up a Value Pack offering many of the features found in Android ICS, but without delivering the full package that it says the handset simply can't cope with. Among those elements said to be present are improved web browsing, multi-tasking, and new widgets.

The problem, though, is that even the name 'Value Pack' smacks of Samsung trying to get away with giving users less than they've been promised, which is pretty much what all this is about in the first place.

Would anyone really have had that much of an issue had Samsung come out in the beginning and said Android ICS would be heading to certain devices, while certain others wouldn't be getting the full update but would be given as many of the key features as they could support?

Or would that be too much like treating us like adults?

Via SammyHub

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7 comments

Treab  Dec. 28, 2011 at 19:34

now now. we all know you lot arent adults your nerds... :p

hal9999  Dec. 28, 2011 at 22:49

Galaxy S1 is already 18 months old phone.
It was released at 2010. 6.
There is no other company upgrade their year 2010 device for android 4.0(ICS) update.
Samsung is only company who support year 2010 device upgrade.

HTC, Sony Ericsson, Moto and All other Android manufactures are same.
There no upgarde for year 2010 models.

1. Official HTC facebook
facebook . com/notes/htc-uk/ice-cream-sandwich-android-40-updates-for-htc-handsets/300698153293006
; No ICS(android 4.0) upgrade for year 2010 model.

2. Official Sony Ericsson Blog
blogs.sonyericsson . com/products/2011/12/21/ice-cream-sandwich-coming-to-2011-xperia%E2%84%A2-smartphones-from-end-marchearly-april-2012/
; No ICS upgrade for year 2010 model.

3. Official announcement from motorola
motorola . com/blog/2011/12/07/motorola-update-on-ice-cream-sandwich/
; No ICS upgrade for year 2010 model.

There is no other android OEM upgrade ICS for year 2010(and older) models.

Samsung is only comapny who support ICS upgrade for 18 months old phone.
In addition, They already serviced 2 times OS upgrade for Galaxy S1.

jmarcelino  Dec. 29, 2011 at 01:07

Ohh that's cute. If you complain enough I bet Sammy will send a little plastic android to each user.

But seriously what's the difference between the Nexus S (which gets ICS) and the Galaxy S (which doesn't)? Is TouchWiz alone the cause of this? Must be a huge drag on the system...

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 29, 2011 at 01:27

Yes, it's all down to TouchWiz, which is f*ck ugly anyway, vanilla ICS is far nicer.

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 29, 2011 at 07:21

That is bad. And imho it's beside the point to say, it's a relatively old handset, and most 2010 handsets won't get Android. For many many users it's NOT that old. The Galaxy S is still sold.

Treab  Dec. 29, 2011 at 09:18

yep most of these handsets are still on an os called 'android' whatever that is hay janny ;)

corgi74  Dec. 29, 2011 at 15:09

That is bad. And imho it's beside the point to say, it's a relatively old handset, and most 2010 handsets won't get Android. For many many users it's NOT that old. The Galaxy S is still sold.

And the S Plus which also isn't getting ICS only came out in July.

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