The latest news is that Samsung smartphones with the touchwiz interface will not get the new Android 4.0 upgrade. We know that’s not entirely true because many who have rooted their phones already have ICS working fine. What they are really saying is that Their software is not playing nice with Google’s base software. Why not?
As mentioned the extra software Samsung, HTC, LG and Motorola adds is to differentiate themselves from each other. It’s also to fulfill agreements with other software companies paying to get their apps on the phone. In the end we call it bloatware but they call it profit, fine.
The issue arises when the extra software clashes with or requires more resources than the new Android version is willing to give. It’s already manifesting itself with the RAZR issues and the Verizon Galaxy Nexus issues. You can also tell who is at fault when it comes to who provides the update. If the carrier calls it “their” update it is because of their extra software in the background causing trouble.
Is there a way to get around this? Sure just buy the Google Smartphones outright. The Galaxy Nexus has an unlocked GSM version(sim card needed) that is devoid of any bloatware. Is that expensive? Yes but it’s worth it when you add up the headache and contract fees that comes with the Carrier’s version. If you agree let us know.