Shortly after Samsung announced they wouldn’t be updating their Galaxy S line of handsets to Android 4, Ice Cream Sandwich, word got out that the company was working on some sort of enhancement package for the device known as a “value pack,” or ICS-lite. Unfortunately, a Samsung spokesperson speaking with The Next Web has said that no value pack is expected and that older Galaxy devices will not be updated beyond Gingerbread, Android 2.3.
Citing memory issues and hardware inadequacies that are “limited to and fully optimised for the Gingerbread experience,” Samsung will abandon their older handsets and focus on newer models like the Galaxy S II and the Galaxy Note.
The value pack that was rumored for the Galaxy S would not have been a full-blown Android 4 update, but it would have brought some of the more coveted features from Ice Cream Sandwich, like multitasking improvements, face unlock and Android Beam, to the device. Instead, users looking for these enhancements will have to turn to alternative software and the Android community.
Right now on XDA, the “Android Development” section of the Galaxy S i9000 sub-forum is chock full of Android 4 ROMs. The Vibrant, Epic 4G, Captivate and all US variants of the original Galaxy S have Android 4 ROMs on the way as well.
It’s unfortunate to see Samsung abandon the some 10 million users who bought the Galaxy S, many of whom are still tied to a contract with the device, but it doesn’t look like Samsung is going to budge on this one. We’ll be sure to keep an eye on any updates to the situation and will let you know if anything changes.