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.