Samsung Galaxy S: Android 2.2 Froyo Update Delay – Political?

By Alan Ng - Jan 19, 2011

We have some interesting news for you to read now, particularly if you are still waiting for an official update to Android 2.2 Froyo on the collection of Samsung Galaxy S handsets, as most are still without the now ‘outdated’ software.

An article posted on the XDA Developers Forum has come to our attention, and it suggests that the reason that Samsung are not pushing out any updates to Android 2.2 Froyo is because they are charging US carriers a fee to do so.

We can assure you that this isn’t normal practise from the likes of HTC or Motorola, but the article states that Samsung label the Froyo update as a ‘feature update’ rather than a ‘maintenance update’, thus commanding a fee from carriers – a fee which carriers are not too happy about paying – hence the delays.

Of course this isn’t official news yet, but it does have some logic to it, given the unacceptable length of time Samsung are taking to get the update out, especially considering that Android 2.3 Gingerbread will be widely available in the coming months. What are your thoughts on this – do you think these claims are true or not?

Some might even say that Samsung are unwilling to push Froyo out, in attempts to shift user’s attention to newer handsets – which again is not the right way to play the game in our books. If you own the stock Galaxy S or one of the carrier versions (Fascinate, Vibrant, Epic 4G or Captivate), let us know your thoughts on this story.

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