Samsung Galaxy Ace won't be updated to Ice Cream Sandwich

Samsung has confirmed to us that the Samsung Galaxy Ace won't be getting updated to Android Ice Cream Sandwich.

We thought this might be the case, and now we know for sure -- the Samsung Galaxy Ace won't be updated to Android 4.0, aka Ice Cream Sandwich .

The brilliant budget blower will not be feeling the cool caress of the latest, greatest version of Android, Samsung confirmed to us in a statement.

The statement, which also confirms that the 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab won't be getting an update, reads, "There are still no plans to offer ICS on the Tab 7.0, or Ace."

It continues, "The situation remains the same as it did before Xmas in that the hardware specifications of those devices is limited to and fully optimised for the Gingerbread experience."

So it sounds as though Samsung has deemed the Ace not powerful enough to wield the mighty Ice Cream Sandwich update -- news that is bound to disappoint update-hungry Ace owners.

The Ace had previously been omitted from Samsung's list of devices that it would be updating to Android 4.0, along with the Samsung Galaxy S . We had heard that the Galaxy S might be getting the update after all , but now it looks like that update could take the form of an 'Android value pack' that will bring enhancements including web surfing and better multi-tasking, but not the full Ice Cream Sandwich update.

We understand phones can't be updated forever, and that a device's hardware eventually won't be able to keep up with demanding new software. But leaving owners to stew, waiting to find out if their recently bought mobile will get updated is no way to make friends. This Craver reckons these sloppy update shenanigans are seriously hurting Android .

Samsung just unveiled the Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus , a follow-up to the Ace that sports a new design, but will also be stuck on Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

Do you own an Ace? Do you think it should be updated? And do you think manufacturers -- and Google -- are doing enough to communicate update news to owners? Tell us in the comments, or on our Facebook wall.

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