Update: reader msgfromside3, who speaks Korean, pointed out that the “Value Pack” is supposed to be ICS-based, but with some features removed. So both Galaxy S and Tab will almost definitely get Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, possibly with a “lite”-version of TouchWiz.
The article also mentions that Samsung considered porting ICS plus full TouchWiz, without providing end-user support, but decided against it for fear of customer complaints.
Big thanks to msgfromside3 for the clarification!
Original article below:
After first denying, then reviewing an Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab, Samsung is now said to be providing a “Value Pack”, according to Korean website Daum (via Unwired View).
The value pack would presumably include some Android 4.0-like features, such as enhanced multitasking, faster web browsing, new widgets, and improved camera, but on top of Android 2.3 Gingerbread. In the report, Samsung said that, due to the limited amount of RAM available, an Android 4.0 version wouldn’t be able to include all TouchWiz features. With previously available features removed, customers would be dissatisfied, which is why it has now instead opted for another Gingerbread update.
Of course, without being officially confirmed, take all of this with a grain of salt. However, considering Samsung’s track record with their Bada devices, this solution doesn’t seem too unlikely.
But there’s still hope, right?_________