Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 27th Dec 2011 16:24 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless And another case of the internet apparently wielding more influence than it seems to. To much dismay, Samsung announced last week that several of its popular smartphones, most notably the Samsung Galaxy S, would not be getting an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich. The internet backlash was palpable, and today, word on the street is that Samsung is reconsidering its position.
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RE: 512 RAM?
by TemporalBeing on Tue 27th Dec 2011 18:34 UTC in reply to "512 RAM?"
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Where the hell did that RAM limit come from?

The manufacturers always make up an absurd HW limitation, then Google has to go on record saying there are really no such hardware requirements from them.

Also, the 2011 Sony (Ericsson) phones are all getting ICS and they all have 512 RAM (128 of which is reserved for the GPU). And these phones have some customization too.

Well, at least from the summary, it seems they believe 512MB is necessary for the applications they loaded on it, and they only delivered 512MB on the device, which is not upgradeable so customers are stuck with 512MB.

It may be they have found 512MB had the best price/performance ratio when they pushed it out, but didn't take account what may be happening in the future for Android - no surprise, they'd rather sell you and upgraded model than do that kind of planning.

So it's really their own artificial limit - the solution is to make the software more resource friendly (CPU, memory, etc.) but would require actual work, and to have programmers that actually cared about those things, and managers that would listen instead of the usual "Get it out the door" approach.

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