Rumors over the long-delayed update to Android 2.2 Froyo for Samsung Galaxy S smartphones have been refuted by Samsung. Now Samsung states that the delay is not due to financial reasons.
Phone Scoop's latest scoop in response to forum conjecture that carriers have to pay extra for the updates is answered in an email from Samsung. "No. Samsung is not charging
carriers for Froyo updates to Galaxy S. We hope to have more detail on
status shortly. Promise!"
On Sunday, we learned that a disgruntled Samsung Vibrant owner was looking to file a class action lawsuit for the Samsung Galaxy S Samsung Vibrant update to Android 2.2 Froyo. A reader emailed us verification that the firm of Edelsen McGuire was not handling the case.
We also learned that there is a hardware problem on the Samsung Galaxy S phone on the AT&T network. The Samsung Captivate phones that are made before 11/06/10 mysteriously powers-off when in standby mode.
On Friday, we learned that the Android 2.2 Froyo update was still being tested. In the meantime, one of the readers wrote that the carriers already have the update, specifically Sprint.
"I know for a fact because I confirmed it with 2 different Sprint Tech
Support agents that the Froyo update is now available for the Samsung
Epic 4G, which if I'm not mistaken, makes it the first Galaxy S phone to
get the Froyo update. From the Tech Support agents, they are not sending
it out over the air, but if you go into a store with a repair shop, then
they will update your phone. This is the only method of updating at this
point. I think that is huge and should be shared with the world."
Reports are now calling this Samsung Galaxy S debacle antic a fiasco. There have been many promises made by Samsung and the carriers in the past, such as the promised update in the "near future" which was changed into ASAP.
Verizon and HTC Android updates to Android Froyo 2.2 have generally been the fastest within the past few months. If you count that the Samsung Galaxy S phones were released in the summer, the final delivery of the update could be as long as six months.
So, there is still no date set as to when the update to Android 2.2 will reach all the Samsung Galaxy S smartphones in the U.S., including the Samsung Epic 4G, Samsung Fascinate, Samsung Captivate, Samsung Continuum and Samsung Vibrant.
It is not clear if the Samsung Galaxy S phones will be updated to Android 2.3 Gingerbread. A tweet from India previously indicated that Samsung would update the OS.
The Samsung Galaxy S update to Android 2.2 includes many well-liked features,
including an Adobe Flash compatibility, speed improvements, better
keyboard, Samsung Media Hub, better Microsoft Exchange support, and
the storing of apps on the microSD card (see list of update features).
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