Want Froyo on your Galaxy S? Just buy a new device

Summary:Samsung has delayed the update to Android 2.2 for Galaxy S owners and conspiracy theories appeared. While you wait, a new HSPA+ Vibrant appeared on the FCC site.

A few days ago I wrote about smartphone software updates and if a manufacturer promises them they really need to deliver. Samsung promised a Froyo (Android 2.2) update for US Galaxy S owners, yet have failed to deliver before the end of 2010. There were conspiracy theories last week as owners start to lose patience and now we see a new updated Samsung Vibrant passing through the FCC bound for T-Mobile. Is the fastest way to get an updated Galaxy S really going to be for you to purchase a Nexus S or to buy a Samsung Vibrant 4G?

Is Samsung charging carriers for the updates?

There were rumors last week that part of the reason for the delay in getting the Android 2.2 update out to the various Galaxy S models was that Samsung was charging carriers for the update. Phonescoop received an email statement from Samsung Mobile stating that they are not charging for the update and are still working on getting it to owners. Samsung has sold more than 4 million Galaxy S smartphones in the US. Samsung would have been better off by not saying an update was coming to these smartphones, then buyers would have known that what they were buying was as good as it was going to get.

Samsung Vibrant 4G

TMoNews.com reported that the Samsung Vibrant 4G may be coming to T-Mobile on 23 February. There is very little news about this device, but in all likelihood it will simply be an updated Vibrant with support for T-Mobile's HSPA+ network and Android 2.2. Even though the new Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) version is out on the Google Nexus S (a Samsung device), it is unlikely that this updated Vibrant will launch with this and given Samsung's track record I would not count on a 2.3 update.

Engadget also reported that the Samsung SGH-T959V passed through the FCC review process and should be the Vibrant 4G coming soon to T-Mobile.

I thought the Vibrant had an awesome display and was a decent device, but the lack of ability to get a GPS signal and the responsiveness of Samsung in getting the device updated have killed any desire I might have had for the Nexus S or the Vibrant 4G.

Are you a ticked off Galaxy S owner? Do you have any plans to pick up this Vibrant 4G?

Topics: Samsung, Government, Government : US, Hardware, Mobility, Smartphones

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Matthew Miller started using a mobile devices in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since. He is a co-host with GigaOM's Kevin Tofel on the MobileTechRoundup podcast and an author of three Wiley Companion series books. Matthew started using mobile devices with a US Robotics Pilot 1000 and has owned over 200 d... Full Bio

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