Samsung denies accusations of charging carriers for update
The saga around Samsung Mobile and Froyo updates continues with a new statement by Samsung, which denies accusations of charging carriers for the Android 2.2 update in a brief reply to Phone Scoop. This comes to deny recent rumors about an agreement that would require carriers like Verizon to pay Samsung for an update. An XDA Developers topic allegedly posted by an insider claimed that:
“Samsung, however, considers it [the update to Froyo] a feature update, and requires carriers to pay a per device update fee for each incremental Android update.
Some of you might have noticed Verion’s Fascinate updated, but without 2.2 : This is a result of a maintenance agreement Samsung must honor combined with Verizon’s unwillingness to pay the update fees. In short, Android 2.2 is on hold for Galaxy S phones until the U.S. carriers and Samsung reach a consensus.”
But the Korean company denied this and promises more details soon:
"No. Samsung is not charging carriers for Froyo updates to Galaxy S. We hope to have more detail on status shortly. Promise!"
We have seen some of the company's handsets get an update in the meantime, but Sammy's reply comes a bit late as it caused quite a stir and some even claimed to have filed a class action lawsuit. Hopefully, more details will clarify the situation, but whatever the explanation is, it is hardly going to be enough if the update to Froyo doesn't roll out soon.