Galaxy S I9000

Galaxy S & Tab to get Value Pack instead of Full ICS Update

Galaxy S ICS.4.0There were rumours that Galaxy S will not get Ice Cream Sandwich and we were sure of it as it has hardware limitations. For Ice Cream Sandwich to run smoothly on your device, your phone should have sufficient RAM and ROM which weren’t adequate enough on Galaxy S phone. Along with first generation of Galaxy S phone, the Galaxy Tab too lacks in hardware requirements for Ice Cream Sandwich update. The decision by Samsung to skip Galaxy S from Ice Cream Sandwich update disappointed many of the Galaxy S users and upon speculation around, Samsung came out with the news that instead of Ice Cream Sandwich update, the Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab users will get the Value Pack instead of official Ice Cream Sandwich update.

So what does this Value Pack brings in for the Galaxy S users? The reports say that this value pack update will provide improvements in web browsing, multi tasking and new widgets overlays. However the device Android version will be Android 2.3 but not Android 4.0. Interesting point to observe is that the Galaxy Nexus S phone has similar specifications as that of Galaxy S and yet it will receive the ICS update but Galaxy S will not, appears like Samsung had problems with TouchWiz user interface.

As far as we know Ice Cream Sandwich update for Galaxy S will not arrive but looks like value pack will arrive soon.



  1. Jim

    January 3, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Hang on, lets think for a mo.

    As operating systems progress, they need more ram and better processors & GPU’s. Look at the requirements of Windows and Linux, they all follow this pattern. A machine purchased for use with Windows XP cannot be EXPECTED to run Windows 7 without some upgrade.

    Now apply this to the SGS I9000.

    It was originally supplied with Android 2.2 and hardware specced to this level, with some room for future OS upgrades, but no ability to update the hardware (a limitation of the smartphone design). We now have 2.3.5 (or thereabouts) with requires little extra resources, but to jump to ICS (v4) which is designed for multi-core processors and better GPU’s is a huge ask of older hardware.

    Yes you can shoe-horn news OS’s into older hardware (to a point), but something has to give and you will not get the full experience the OS is capable of, so why bother?

    I accept there is also a commercial decision (don’t offer the latest OS and people will upgrade the hardware to get it), but that is only part of the reasons. The I900 is obsolete hardware, so we can’t expect Samsung to support it indefinitely.

  2. Explorer

    January 1, 2012 at 7:21 am

    Thanks god we already have Cyanogen Mod 9 –> android 4.0.3 🙂
    It needs some improvement, but so far i love it

    • Pradeep Neela

      January 1, 2012 at 10:28 am

      yes as in when the time goes, there will be a new update!

  3. empoy

    December 30, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    yeah.. well said..ive been waiting for ICS..But what can we do..i Think I ‘ll just sell my Galaxy S, and buy the S3 nor the S2 instead..but anyways i will still w8 for this value pack..thanks android advices..kip it up..

  4. Charley

    December 30, 2011 at 6:16 am

    A week or so ago, you showed how to install ICS on Samsung Galaxy S (Captivate). So based on reports, ICS seems to run just fine on Galaxy S. As you say, maybe it is because the couldn’t get Touchwiz to work. Not a big loss as far as I am concerned.

    I haven’t installed ICS on my Captivate yet but I will.

  5. Ghamaraj Luitel

    December 30, 2011 at 6:00 am

    It seems contradictory. Before. Samsung denied to provide ICS 4,0,, It leaked info saying that rethinking on it. Now saying about the value pack. What should we believe? We 20 million users of SGS want ICS 4,0,, as the third party ICS alfa n beta vrsion is being tested in SGS.

  6. Rick Simon

    December 30, 2011 at 12:20 am

    I have to tell you, guys!
    Samsung sucks, big time!! I going to use a cooked rom for my SG1, and I’ll never buy Samsung again! ever!
    If it was perfect, I could understand, but because the original TW is damn slow, at least they could work to improve performance, using ICS.
    I think the believe we are “cash cows”! so, go the hell SAMSUNG! I will enjoy seeing you asking for chapter 11!!

  7. alismd

    December 29, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    hi samsung u have disappointed me because i have bought i9003 lcd one week back. unaware of the fact that u havent provided the upgrade of ics. cost was not the factor for my buying. i could have afforded for galaxy s2 itself. just not knowing the fact simply gave me the punishment to bear the nonupgradable phone for long time. thanksssss for not providing ics.

  8. Serkan

    December 29, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    Great news, thank you Samsung for making me buy galaxy s and not providing its new hardware.

  9. Tapan Kapadia

    December 29, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    day before yesterday there was an article saying that “Samsung plans to Offer ICS 4.0 for Galaxy S & Tab after Customer Demand”
    today it says not going to can anyone tell me what is the fact

    • aditi

      December 29, 2011 at 2:36 pm


      wait for costom rom for galexy s9003……………….they r doing on that issue

      till then finger cross;;;;;;

    • jeet singh gurpal

      December 29, 2011 at 3:57 pm

      the fact is that u dont understand a damn thing about business.. learn ur facts buddy.

  10. KHD

    December 29, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    and what about supporting languages in Android 4
    all past android versions were not able to read\write a lot of languages which is really a drawback in them all!!

  11. Jk

    December 29, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    this is really disappointing!!

    • bilal

      December 29, 2011 at 5:03 pm


      • Yogesh Patel

        December 29, 2011 at 5:12 pm

        Samsung says it will provide value pack but not the official ICS update.

    • bilal

      December 29, 2011 at 5:11 pm

      Ok neal now i undedstand but please with 2.3 we want bexcellent batttery back uo and an improvements of wifi naviguation multi tasting please imorove battery and wifi more than xfjva xfjva as of now is the best so neal will 2.3 have better battery back up and wifi improvements more than xfjva 2.3.5 will it be more stable in battery and wifi than xfjva?

      • bilal

        December 29, 2011 at 10:03 pm

        Will it improve battery and wifi more improvement than xfjva

        • Pradeep Neela

          December 29, 2011 at 11:52 pm

          yes it will improve a bit!

        • bilal

          December 30, 2011 at 10:38 pm

          Thanks but battery and wifi will improve more than xfjva yes or no

          • Pradeep Neela

            December 30, 2011 at 11:41 pm

            yes, battery is good!

        • bilal

          December 30, 2011 at 10:42 pm

          I xant the 2.3.6 official for gt-i900 do when she is coming neal i wantbetter wifi and battery more than xfjva

        • bilal

          December 30, 2011 at 10:43 pm

          And also when she is coming the value pack more gt-i9000 in 1 or 2 month

        • bilal

          December 30, 2011 at 10:52 pm

          Hye neal i am using you r website from 3 months i wanted to know that can i use you website kernel rom and stock rom for gt-i9000 because i am on francre and my also so i can use this website ir another

          • Pradeep Neela

            December 30, 2011 at 11:40 pm

            yes buddy you can use the same!

        • bilal

          December 30, 2011 at 11:51 pm

          Thanks.neal i have two question the first when will be the android 2.3.6 official for gt-i9000 and will official 2.2.6 improve battzry and wifi more than xfjva?

        • bilal

          December 30, 2011 at 11:53 pm

          And neal please answer for this question you r name is pradeep neela or neal pradeep and will 2.3.6 official will improves battery and wifi more than xfjva?

          • Pradeep Neela

            December 31, 2011 at 11:05 am

            yes it improves a bit!

        • bilal

          January 2, 2012 at 5:54 am

          Neal so when you are posting tge new 2.3.6 wxjv1 and the ics rc2 firmware for gt-i9000

          • Yogesh Patel

            January 2, 2012 at 12:06 pm

            it will be out soon.

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