Galaxy Tab 10.1 2

Android users who have been waiting for Samsung's Galaxy Tab 2 to hit the U.K. may be wondering why it didn't arrive in March as previously promised by the company itself at Mobile World Congress. The Korean electronics giant has now confirmed that the slate has been delayed.

ComputerWorld reports that the reason for the delay is the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update. But Samsung didn't give too much away in its statement:

The reason for the delay is that Samsung and Google need some more time to work on the Ice Cream Sandwich version of the Android mobile operating system, according to a spokesman at Samsung, who didn't want to elaborate on the details.

Both tablets will run the latest version of the Android OS. When it was launched, the Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) was expected to be the first Samsung tablet to get the latest version of Android.

Samsung promises, however, that it is only a slight delay, and that the Galaxy Tab 2 will now begin shipping at the end of April.

Samsung seems to have been a little unprepared for Google's Ice Cream Sandwich update, despite being the first company to release an Ice Cream Sandwich-powered smartphone. Its updates to existing handsets have been incredibly slow, and it has taken the company nearly four months to begin releasing the software for its most successful smartphone to date, the Galaxy S II.

The reason for the delay is likely to be the modifications Samsung makes to the software before its release, like adding its own TouchWiz user interface. But it isn't the only company that's late to the ICS party; HTC, Motorola, LG, and Sony have all been slow at rolling out the ICS update for their older handsets.

That explains why only 2.9% of all Android handsets are running ICS four months after its debut.

Are you disappointed that the Galaxy Tab 2 has been delayed?

[via ComputerWorld]