While Samsung may have showed signs, albeit unofficially that it is ready to at least consider coming up with an upgrade to Android 4.0 for the original 7 inch Galaxy Tab, that it has been out of sheer compulsion is increasingly becoming evident. There is the chance that what Samsung would be giving may not be the full blown Android 4 OS but one that contained all the features available in the full version. Duam, a South Korean news agency reports that the Samsung provided Os would be called “Android Value Pack”. What the value additions that one would get from this upgrade from Samsung are improved web surfing, better multitasking, new widgets, camera improvements to prevent shake during shooting and so on. There has been no official confirmation on any of these aspects from Samsung as such.
Samsung had earlier tried to wash its hand clear of an Android 4.0 upgrade for the Galaxy Tab citing hardware incompatibility issues only to have backtracked (sort of) in view of public outrage. However, the real villain has turned out to be Samsung’s very own TouchWiz user interface. Of course, Samsung won’t ditch it completely while what seems certain is that they would be doing all they can to have Android ICS on board while still sticking to the custom Samsung UI. Will be really interesting to see what comes out of the entire episode.
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