Samsung Android handsets to be first to U.S. carriers with OTA upgrade to Gingerbread?

Samsung Android handsets to be first to U.S. carriers with OTA upgrade to Gingerbread?
While Samsung's Android phones haven't been known for having the most timely of updates, there is some speculation that the Korean manufacturer will have Android models that will be the first in the U.S. to get upgraded to Android 2.3. The Romanian Facebook page for Samsung hints that the international version of the Galaxy S will get an OTA upgrade to Gingerbread by the end of March.

While some handset makers delivered OTA upgrades to Froyo within 6 weeks of it becoming available, Samsung's first Froyo upgrade came 6 months after Android 2.2 was launched. And Samsung Fascinate owners on Verizon are still waiting to move up from Android 2.1. Sprint had to put the Android 2.2 upgrade for the Samsung Epic 4G on hiatus because of problems with the download.

Although some might consider Samsung's plan to be far-fetched, consider that the Samsung Galaxy S and the Nexus S (also made by Samsung) share the same hardware and since the latter did get launched with Android 2.3 installed, loading the Galaxy S with Android 2.3 should be a snap for the manufacturer. And while the HTC made Nexus One was the first handset to upgrade to Android 2.3, that handset was sold online. Samsung wants to be the first to have a device available from U.S. carriers that receives an OTA upgrade for Gingerbread.

If Samsung can get the international Galaxy S running on 2.3, there shouldn't be too much resistance getting Android 2.3 working under the hood of one of the Samsung Galaxy S variants available on U.S. carriers. Of course, you might want to rule out the Fascinate on Verizon, for the reason we stated above.

source: Facebook via AndroidandMe

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Galaxy S
  • Display 4.0 inches
    800 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera)
    0.3 MP VGA front
  • Hardware , 0.5GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 1500 mAh
  • OS Android 2.3.5



13. jtalker1965

Posts: 18; Member since: May 17, 2009

really? really? To bad there other phones can't get up dated on freaking time.

11. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

it makes sense...what would be the point of going to Froyo at this point when Gingerbread is on the verge. Good ol' Sammie

12. BaiGanyo

Posts: 308; Member since: Feb 07, 2011

So simply don't update yours then.

10. bossmt_2

Posts: 459; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

Droid X please.

7. qwertu unregistered

so lemme get this straight, samsung is gonna do an update?

9. jayme

Posts: 36; Member since: Jan 10, 2011

??????? well I guess if youre gonna do it, do it right. Oh its Samsung!?! nevermind. If it happens.......

5. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

they all have froyo, its called XDA. you know it literally takes less than 5 minutes to root a galaxyS phone and stick a rom on it? One click root.. for real. Hell, they work better than sammy Roms anyways, so not doing it is pure laziness.

6. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

+1...... I did the official 2.2 and went back to a different ROM that was faster and overall better. I have had FLASH PLAYER working on my phone for many months now - free wifi-tethering and pseudo 4G up and down load speeds make me a happy cappy user :-)

14. Larry Wilson unregistered

True, but some of us don't want to void our warranties in the process. Besides, this is Samsung should have already done, and AFAIC, going to xda and getting it there and rooting your phone yourself isn't going to force Samsung to straighten up and fly right, and that's what really needs to happen. They may have sold ten million Galaxy S's, but I highly doubt the Galaxy S II will reach those heights, thanks to their all but complete incompetence with the original. In short, Samsung needs to be held legally and/or financially accountable for their idiocy.

4. ralphyd unregistered

It would make sense since they made the nexus s, but samsung is horrible when it comes to updates so I still dont believe it. It is the number one reason why I will never buy a samsung phone. It's absolutely pathetic that some of their galaxy s variants don't have froyo yet.

2. BobbyTaba

Posts: 316; Member since: Aug 11, 2010



Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Ha yea ill believe it when I see it.

8. AndroidTroll

Posts: 359; Member since: Mar 05, 2011

True don't believe anything Sammy says. He is one lying mofo! htc ftw!

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