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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 series delayed due to Android 4.0

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Samsung has delayed the release of its Galaxy Tab 2 series tablets due to difficulties implementing Android 4.0.

galaxy tab 2 7.0
galaxy tab 2 7.0

Samsung has officially put back the release of its Galaxy Tab 2 series, previously scheduled for a UK release last month in both 7-inch and 10.1-inch variants. The reason? According to a Samsung spokesperson talking to IDG, the tablets have been delayed until the end of April because the company needs more time to work on its TouchWiz implementation of Android 4.0. The tablets are set for a global rollout following their UK launch.

This is either depressingly familiar or increasingly unbelievable, depending on your perspective — the company has walked a rockier upgrade path than most, most notably with the Galaxy S and original Tab being denied Ice Cream Sandwich due to an inability to run TouchWiz. Samsung also delayed its just-leaked Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy Note, though at least that device is getting some stylus-specific software out of it. Of course, Samsung has had access to the Android 4.0 source code longer than any other manufacturer, collaborating with Google on the Galaxy Nexus last year. We'll have to wait until the end of the month to see if the Galaxy Tab 2 delay has been worth it.