Google’s Android 4.0 operating system, known as Ice Cream Sandwich, has been very popular since its first compatible devices were released late this year, yet not everyone who wants to take a crack at the OS is getting the chance they assumed they’d have. Originally mobile users expected Google to eventually provide an option for installing Ice Cream Sandwich onto popular Android handsets running older versions of their OS. Yet these expectations were dashed with a recent release by Google which explained the tech giant wasn’t going to allow older devices to run Ice Cream Sandwich and anyone who wants access to this new O.S. would need to utilize one of their newer devices.
The two most popular devices which aren’t going to receive Ice Cream Sandwich updates are the Galaxy S and the Galaxy tablet. Not only are these two devices incredibly popular, but these are the two devices which Android users expected to be most likely to receive the updated O.S. This recent news is extremely surprising considering the fact the Galaxy S alone has sold over 20 million units since it was first released in 2010. This news isn’t as surprising as news the Galaxy S isn’t receiving the Ice Cream Sandwich update as the tablet hasn’t received other updated versions of Android including 2011’s Honeycomb. Two devices which surprisingly will receive the Ice Cream Sandwich update are the Galaxy S II and the Galaxy S Note.
An official statement explained Ice Cream Sandwich wasn’t going to be released for the Galaxy S because the new Operating System because the Galaxy S doesn’t offer robust enough hardware specs to handle Android 4.0. If the Galaxy S couldn’t handle Ice Cream Sandwiches’ “experience enhancing” TouchWiz interface then it makes sense why Google wouldn’t want an inferior version of their new OS out on the market. Yet the Galaxy S features similar hardware specs to the new Nexus S which runs Ice Cream Sandwich just fine, hinting at an alternate version why Google isn’t releasing Ice Cream Sandwich for their older devices.
Simply put, it’s likely Google just wants their clients to buy their newer generation phones instead of attempting to holding on to older models running Android operating systems. This explanation is especially likely as Google has made moves to enter into the hardware market themselves in a more “hands on” manner with their purchasing of Motorola’s device division earlier this year. If Google is looking forward to a more vertically integrated future than it’s unlikely they want to encourage their users to hold on to their older joint partnership created devices.