Is Samsung blocking Froyo OTA update on T-Mobile?

Is Samsung blocking Froyo OTA update on T-Mobile?

It seems that nothing can remain hiddenthese days after the WikiLeaks saga and tech is no exception. Samsungis the last victim as now a tipster suggests that the South Koreancompany is blocking a software update to its T-Mobile flavoredSamsung Vibrant. An anonymous tipster told AndroidSpinthat Samsung is holding the update in order to better capitalize onthe upcoming Samsung Vibrant 4G.

This certainly is a serious blow to thecompany as it suggests that it is ready to hold its users' interesthostage in the sole favor of maximizing profits. The T-Mobile tipsternoted:

"Samsung has not allowed us topush the update OTA for 2.2 because they feel it will decrease thevalue of the upcoming Vibrant 4G+ [also known as the Samsung Vibrant4G]. While from a marketing aspect I totally understand, as theVibrant 4G is what the original Vibrant should have been in the 1stplace. But to shun off and bold face lie to customers is not whatT-Mobile is about."

CNET reached out for a comment fromSamsung, which quoted the “complexity and unique functionality ofeach Galaxy S device” as the reason, but this will hardly be asatisfying answer to its customers. Take a look below for thecompany's response:

“Samsung Mobile does not comment onrumors or speculation. With regard to the Froyo update, we recentlyissued the following statement: "Samsung feels it is importantto make the Android 2.2/Froyo upgrade available only after we feelthat we can give the millions of U.S. Galaxy S owners a simple andreliable upgrade experience. Due to the complexity and uniquefunctionality of each Galaxy S device, we are performing additionaltesting and are working to make the Android 2.2/Froyo upgradeavailable to all U.S. Galaxy S owners, including the Samsung Vibrant,as soon as possible.”

Froyo is a major Android updateallowing users to play Flash content and adding features like Wi-Fihotspot for supported phones.

source: CNET and AndroidSpin

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1. MalakiMills

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 15, 2010

This right here is why I will never buy a samsung. I was so very tempted to buy the fascinate when it first came out but I am pretty please that I didn't. While spec wise it is a very nice phone I refuse to buy something with an outdated software which apparently, If these phones ever get updated to 2.2, they will already be outdated by gingerbread. I have a droid X, and I am pretty handy with rooting my device, but I would prefer if my stock phone would get the regular updates anyway. To be honest this is really pushing me away from android, If every time I buy a damn phone it gets outdated and the only way to catch up is to spend a few more hundred dollars.

16. nay unregistered

I feel your pain, i bought an android device and a year later it was out of date and I could not update to the new OS. I switched back to Blackberry I want an OS that lasts not trends.

17. skeptikal26

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 02, 2011

I completely agree. It is just a fukcing scam to get you to spend more money!

2. AndrewE unregistered

I also have misgivings about the whole android situation. I am not considering anything android driven unless produced by google for the same reason. A friend at work just bought a sony x10 and was proudly waving it round at work until I informed him that sony won't be pushing any updates beyond 2.1. I would like to jump on the WP7 bandwagon but according to statements last year updates need to be vetted by networks who can veto them. So I shall wait to see how the first updates progress across the board. I'd love to ditch the iphone. After 14 months the battery has long since had its best days and without forking out lots of money i am stuck with a useless brick. At least with WP7 I can change the battery. Continuous updates with WP7 in a similar vein to apple would be a lovely sight to see.

3. chris23

Posts: 39; Member since: Jul 16, 2010

There is no excuse when there is already the Vibrant 4G running 2.2 software....this means that the software is up and running but just dont want to give out the update. I refuse to believe that it is something that they are still "working on"

4. iSucker unregistered

Order iPhone battery from Miliamp & replaced it yourself. I can do it in 15 minutes, screw Apple for charging $85. Make sure you order the right battery if you have iOS4 on iPhone 3GS

5. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

my vibrant has had 2.2 since like september. its called XDA. samsung has popped out tons of 2.2 roms for the vibrant, just hasnt pushed any to Tmobile. I was really waiting on the galaxyS-2 as my next phone but i might just have to find something else in protest.

6. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

not everybody wants to flash a rom on to their phone you know.

14. Wardski unregistered

True, but the mere fact that XDA and its HUGE Dev support is around makes manufacturers lazy. I'm pretty damn confident that some manufacturers think that if we all want more out of our phones, if we get desperate we'll just go flash a custom ROM......

7. ricking

Posts: 59; Member since: Nov 10, 2010


9. Dennis unregistered

That's why there wont be a update to 2.2 because we have shoppers like you. Samsung don't even upgrade their phone much. Look at the nexus S, gingerbread and front camera... what else? And ay such price again? No to Samsung. I would consider getting an iPhone instead. Stable build, one update. Keep up the promises. Complete in one package. A lot of companies are still trying to catch up with apple on certain areas. Im currently a vibrant user. Running on stock 2.1 with one click lag fix. Yup.

11. messiah

Posts: 438; Member since: Feb 19, 2010

Constant CAPS are for those that lack confidence in vocabulary. And are proven marketing suckers constantly buying the next product.

8. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Same stuff with the cappy - luckily XDA takes care of the upgrade for me :-)

10. messiah

Posts: 438; Member since: Feb 19, 2010

Same goes for Sony Ericsson folks. They originally promised life time support to the flagship x10 ten months later the phone and support is scrapped to support greater revenue from the upcoming Arc. Sony Ericsson and Samsung are VERY disappointing in this manner. HTC has been fairly true to its upkeep..... i mean correct me if I'm wrong but isn't even the G1 running froyo at this point? Talk about dedication to product line.

15. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

no, the g1 runs 2.1 not froyo. no company is perfect, even HTC. They have left many customers in the dark. Ask mytouch 1.2 and slide users how they feel about updates.. after the cliq one of my main requirements for a new phone became "easy root and decent xda development", just to make sure i didnt get left too far behind. The vibrant is very easy to root and has a huge xda development crew doing things that sammy wishes it could do. Again, take 5 minutes to flash a rom, its that easy... or quit bitching and wait. 1) its literally "download one click root app", root the phone in 60 seconds 2) download clockwork mod from the market, one button custom recovery install. 3) Download Nero 4.1 from XDA to phone memory, 1 button installation through clockwork mod. DONE. Special agent Oso could frikkin do this. Quit being a panzy.

12. Dre unregistered

Samsuck strikes again. It's all about the money with them, they don't really care to much about the customer. Carriers really need to turn up the heat and force Samsuck to provide better support for they're products.

13. Wardski unregistered

Samsuck and Sony illfuckuintheassagain are both the same Money money money Its never been about the user experience Motorolla, HTC and even Nokia at least try their best to get their current products right before releasing a new product. I've never bought a Moto, and it might be my next upgrade - or HTC if they release something that bests the Atrix or Bionic

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