Hi guys… Two weeks ago, I posted about the overblown nature of updates (lack of updates, more like!) on Android tabs.

Well, three days ago, I got this prompt that an update was available for my Samsung Gtab 10.1. It didnt say clearly whether it was ICS or not. Anyway, I clicked and downloaded the (relatively small) 245MB file.

An hour later, I had Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich running on my device!

To say that I regret running the update would be an understatement. First off, let’s be clear: there is nothing basically wrong with ICS. But since the update, I can see that the tab has slowed to a crawl. I mean, real 3rd Mainland bridge traffic crawl! I tell you, every singular action takes at least 4-5 seconds – even flipping between home screens… you flick to the left, and… wait..wait..wait.. it is horrible.

I have been online to search tech forums for advice on how to revert to my trusty HoneyComb 3.2, but nada. I am stuck with ICS, and I DONT LIKE IT!

The 2 major gripes I have are:
1. basic functionality has been impaired, seeing as my system is now tardy and slow – nothing opens in less than 5 seconds anymore, as opposed to a 1-2 second lag before.

2. even worse, BATTERY LIFE has become terrible! Peeps, I used to run my Gtab for a whole day i.e. from 100% in the morning, I use it at work and at meetings and often get back home in the evening with 30% power. With the ICS update, the Gtab doesn’t last past 6pm. That means that I have to carry a power cord around with me for charging on the move.

To cut a long story short, ICS is good, quite impressive as per technical features (I love the ability to close running tasks by just swiping), but its clear that the Tegra2 dual-core on the GTAB is no match for the obviously more resource-hungry ICS 4.0.

Based on my experience, my advice is that if you get the prompt on your phone or tablet, abeg leave am o!

Lets make no mistake about this peeps, THIS APPLE WIN WILL SERIOUSLY STIFLE INNOVATION!

Do lets cast our minds back to 2000-4, when Microsoft ruled the roost. Everybody that went up against Microsoft LOST: do the names Novell, Netscape, Lotus, RealNetworks and Sun ring a bell? Yup. They were all strong-armed by Microsoft.

Fast-forward 10 years, and we see a new evil empire, one that has over $40bn (make that $41bn after the lawsuit) and with dwindling market share, will do ANYTHING to protect its market share!

Another well kept secret is the totally unfair charges being levied by Apple for software sales on its app store, where they take a whopping 30% of the revenues made on software sales including magazine subscriptions! On the Android side, its less than 20%.

So what will happen going forward is this: all Android competitors (ACER, HTC, LG, LENOVO, TOSHIBA, ASUS etc), will simply avoid Apple. Once the evil empire decides its going to launch a 7-inch ipad for instance, the competition will simply leave the space for them… It is far better than getting sued for all your profits!

As we speak, all the Android vendors are scared because they all know what is coming next: a fullscale thermonuclear initiative against Android. Guess Google foresaw this which made them rush to buy up Motorola Mobility patents. But with this landmark precedent under Apple’s belt, anything that remotely resembles a touchscreen phone or tablet with icons and a swipe screen, is fair game.

So the sooner we all buy iPads and iPhones, the better!


Personally, I am tired of the brouhaha surrounding this update (or is it lack of updates!) on Android. So many websites (foreign, I might add) are ablaze with complaints about the fact that Ice Cream Sandwich isn’t running on most Android tablets. I wonder what the noise is all about.


I use a trusty Galaxy Tab 10.1 device, which was released with Honeycomb 3.1 and later updated to 3.2 over-the-air. Anyhow, twelve months down the line, I can totally say that I HAVE NOT MISSED NOT HAVING ANY UPDATE OF ANY SORT – especially to ICS! Honestly, my gTAB has now replaced both my laptop and desktop, thanks to Android’s ability to use keyboards, mice and virtually every other USB peripheral. I open my Office documents easily, surf the Web, do email, pay tons of games, read ebooks… You Name It.

So, what’s with all the update schmupdate! Truth be told, I cannot even begin to bother myself about any update whatsoever.

Sent from my Samsung Galaxy-10 Tablet