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Samsung reportedly dropped plans for ICS or a Value Pack for the Galaxy S

January 3, 2012 | by Natesh Sood

Android News, Android Phones, Samsung


Samsung is currently making quite a mess for themselves in terms of trying to put Android 4.0 on the original Galaxy S series of smartphones.  Initially, Samsung stated there would be no Android Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy S, but this caused quite an uproar among the Galaxy S faithful, many of whom swore to never buy another Samsung product.

A few days later, Samsung decided it would be appropriate to revisit the situation and try to see if there was any way to upgrade the device from Gingerbread to Ice Cream Sandwich.

However, Samsung later came out with another statement saying a full port of ICS isn’t possible, but instead, the manufacturer will push out an update containing ICS-esque features to help give the device a more modern feel.  This update was known as a Value Pack.  Essentially, the Gingerbread on the Galaxy S would be revamped under the Value Pack.

Unfortunately, today, a Samsung spokesperson confirmed to TheNextWeb that the Galaxy S will not receive an update to Android 4.0 nor will it receive the Value Pack designed to bring several new features and enhancements due to memory limitations.

As TheNextWeb points out, many of the original Galaxy S purchasers are still tied to a two year contract.  It is definitely disappointing that Samsung can’t even figure out a way to get Android 4.0 or newer features on a device that modders are likely able to.  I’m sure this isn’t the last we will hear of the Galaxy S Ice Cream Sandwich debacle.  If you own a Samsung Galaxy S device on any American carrier, feel free to let us know in the comments below how you feel about this.