Looks like Samsung is running with some of its popular Android devices into the same trap as HTC ran before and instead of learning from HTC's mistake, Samsung is unfortunately repeating it. Earlier this week, Samsung announced which of its Android devices will receive an Android 4.0/Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade and two devices were missing: the Galaxy S, Samsung's former Android top-star and the Galaxy Tab, Samsung's first Android tablet. On its Korean product blog, Samsung has now explained why both devices won't get any Ice Cream Sandwich love and the reason is as trivial as sad: It's because of Samsung's own TouchWiz UI which requires too much RAM and ROM.
So instead of adding value to Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab, the extra TouchWiz, carrier services, video calling software and - in some markets - mobile TV these extras keep Samsung away from providing Android 4.0 upgrades to its former hero devices.
HTC failed with this argumentation before and delivered an Gingerbread upgrade for its Desire later, with removed HTC Sense features to make room for the OS upgrade. Maybe, Samsung should think about the same and should make the Ice Cream Sandwich an optional one, for power users only which remove Samsung-extras anyway.
Cheers ~ Arne