It seems that nothing can remain hidden these days after the WikiLeaks saga and tech is no exception. Samsung is the last victim as now a tipster suggests that the South Korean company is blocking a software update to its T-Mobile flavored Samsung Vibrant. An anonymous tipster told AndroidSpin that Samsung is holding the update in order to better capitalize on the upcoming Samsung Vibrant 4G.
This certainly is a serious blow to the company as it suggests that it is ready to hold its users' interest hostage in the sole favor of maximizing profits. The T-Mobile tipster noted:
"Samsung has not allowed us to push the update OTA for 2.2 because they feel it will decrease the value of the upcoming Vibrant 4G+ [also known as the Samsung Vibrant 4G]. While from a marketing aspect I totally understand, as the Vibrant 4G is what the original Vibrant should have been in the 1st place. But to shun off and bold face lie to customers is not what T-Mobile is about."
CNET reached out for a comment from Samsung, which quoted the “complexity and unique functionality of each Galaxy S device” as the reason, but this will hardly be a satisfying answer to its customers. Take a look below for the company's response:
“Samsung Mobile does not comment on rumors or speculation. With regard to the Froyo update, we recently issued the following statement: "Samsung feels it is important to make the Android 2.2/Froyo upgrade available only after we feel that we can give the millions of U.S. Galaxy S owners a simple and reliable upgrade experience. Due to the complexity and unique functionality of each Galaxy S device, we are performing additional testing and are working to make the Android 2.2/Froyo upgrade available to all U.S. Galaxy S owners, including the Samsung Vibrant, as soon as possible.”
Froyo is a major Android update allowing users to play Flash content and adding features like Wi-Fi hotspot for supported phones.