After Samsung revealed that they will not be updating their Galaxy S line handsets to Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich, speculation about an enhancement package known as the ICS-Lite started to come about. Unfortunately, a spokesperson from the company has denied such rumors and said that older Galaxy units will not be receiving any updates beyond Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

When asked about it, Samsung responded that they had hardware inadequacies and memory issues. Moreover, their Galaxy devices were ‘limited to and fully optimized for the Gingerbreade experience.’ This has led the company to abandon their older handsets and instead, concentrate on newer ones such as the Galaxy Note and Galaxy S II.

Nevertheless, the rumored value pack for Galaxy S would still not have been a full update to the new Android OS version. It would have simply given way for some in demand ICS features such as face unlock, Android Beam, and its multitasking improvements.

This bit of news is quite disappointing to the 10 million users who purchased the Galaxy S. Considering many of them are still tied to a contract, they won’t be able to leave their device anytime soon.

Christine Torralba
Christine Torralba has been a freelance writer for the past couple of years. While most of her work has been ghostwritten, she has also contributed articles to magazines such as SPARK, Monday, Vault and Epic. In her spare time, she cooks, takes photos of food, and manages to write about it on her food blog.
  • Jdsemler

    Does this include Galaxy S branded devices, like Infuse 4G?

    • PoLS

      Of course,man! They are all Galaxy S devices. Now we have to stick to CM.

  • Guest

    I’d be happy if AT&T would get their act together and release a Gingerbread update.

  • Siddhantwadhwani

    I have a galaxy sl i9003..which was froyo 2.2.1 now has been upgraded to gingerbread 2.3.6..Are there going to be more updates for the same..plz rply urgently..

  • QueensGambit

    They just want you to ditch the old phone and buy a newer one. Profits in front of costumer support. Oh well. Guess I’ll just customize it myself.