We hate to be the bearer of bad news during the holidays, but Samsung has announced that it will not update the Galaxy Tab or its Galaxy S smartphones to the newest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. This of course is a bit troubling considering the huge popularity of the Galaxy S: Samsung has sold nearly 20 million units since it first launched the device in 2010. As The Verge notes, the Galaxy S offers similar hardware to the Nexus S, which is receiving the Android 4.0 update, but Samsung says its “experience enhancing” TouchWiz operating system, in addition to other carrier-added software, will put too much of a strain on the phone’s hardware. Samsung also confirmed that its 7-inch Galaxy Tab will not receive the update, which isn’t too surprising since most versions never received the Honeycomb update, either. Samsung stated earlier this week that it will issue an Android 4.0 update for its Galaxy S II and Galaxy S Note products next year.
[Via The Verge]