Samsung said to be rethinking Android 4.0 upgrade for Galaxy S

Though Samsung said last week that its Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab devices would not get the Android 4.0 update, the company may be reconsidering its plans.

Samsung dropped a bit of bad news last Friday when it announced on one of its Korean promotional blogs that it wouldn't be bringing Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) to its Galaxy S smartphone or its 7-inch Galaxy Tab.

Users understandably cried foul and chatter of Android fragmentation surfaced again, and the company may be feeling the heat. Though Sammy originally said that the native software on the devices would prohibit an optimal Android 4.0 experience, a report from MSN Korea said today that the company is now reviewing the upgrade process and may find a way to make it happen after all.

A spokesman for Samsung's U.S. division was unable to verify the report at the time of this writing, but he told CNET that he's checking with the company's headquarters in Seoul and will report any change in the policy.

As the latest Android version, Ice Cream Sandwich is designed to unify the smartphone and tablet Android experience with significant feature and user interface upgrades. Just two phones, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Huwaei Honor currently have it, but manufacturers like Sony Ericsson , Motorola , and LG have detailed upgrade plans. Also, Samsung has promised the update for its Galaxy S II series of handsets.

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