Having been announced in February and set for release before the end of March in the UK, we still haven’t seen any sign of Samsung’s new Galaxy Tab 2 tablets. Apparently that’s because Ice Cream Sandwich is a bit of a hog to wrestle onto new hardware, or at least that’s what Samsung says.
Talking to IDG, a Samsung spokesman said that “Samsung and Google need some more time to work on Ice Cream Sandwich”, but failed to say exactly why. The Tab 2s in both 7-inch and 10.1-inch flavours will ship towards the end of April, or whenever Samsung’s managed to get ICS onto them I’m guessing.
Given that we’ve seen a load of delays from all sorts of manufacturers over Android 4.0 upgrades, perhaps Google’s latest and greatest isn’t all that easy to tweak and optimise for different hardware. You would have thought the maker of the Galaxy Nexus would be the best equipped to deal with it, so if Samsung’s having issues I’d hate to think how well other manufacturers are fairing.
Has Google really made Android that hard to shove onto new devices other than its anointed Nexus line, or is Samsung just making excuses? I'm guessing the best people to ask are the CyanogenMod crew. [IDG via TechEye]