The Verge is carrying a story which reveals a delay in Samsung’s plans to upgrade the Galaxy Note to Ice Cream Sandwich. Initially aiming for the end of Q1 2012 (which is right now), it has been pushed back to the next 3 months. In reading the talk back in The Verge’s article, it seems that this is upsetting a great many people. I myself am disappointed, but then again I am the sort of user that places a significant emphasis on running the latest software – the average person does not give a hoot.
That is the reason why the majority of iPhone users are happy with what they have got. Apple takes care of upgrades due to the nature of the device’s interaction with iTunes and there is not much thinking to be done. Android does not work that easily, although users of Samsung’s devices will see strong parallels with how the Kies 2.0 application works.
‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ goes the adage, and that holds true for Android devices. Any phone that runs Gingerbread is going to be a pretty decent experience, and Ice Cream Sandwich is unlikely to change that much, especially if it is from Samsung. The ICS upgrade for the Galaxy S II is to all intents identical to the Gingerbread version which I personally do not like. It is easilty the biggest problem with the Galaxy Note. But that is down to personal preference as I know many people who love TouchWiz. Conversely, HTC’s Sense interface has been changed to match the native Android 4 experience which for me is a benefit but there will be many users would love the traditional way of doing things on phones such as the Sensation.
It comes down to preference, but underneath it all, most modern phones are as good as they are going to get. If ICS never turns up then only a microscopic number of users in the grand scheme of things will care.
There is a video with ICS running and it is not a great improvement, but let’s hope that Samsung are takign their time with good reason.
Via The Verge