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Galaxy S Phones: Android 2.2 update - why so long?

January 19, 2022 | Debbie Turner

One of the few criticisms about having an Android phone can be the time it takes to get OS updates and some of the grievances we often see in our comments box involve Android users annoyed at the wait. Only yesterday in our article, ‘Apple iOS vs. Google Android: The update factor’, we told how much easier it is for Apple devices to get the updates as they are instantly downloadable, whereas Android phone users seem to be at the mercy of their handset manufacturers and networks.

One of the reason’s rumored to cause these update delays being handed out for U.S. Samsung Galaxy S phones, came from a post at XDA, which alleged that Samsung was charging carriers too much for the upgrade. Another rumored reason came from Allen Kiehl over on Android Spin who spoke of a tipster who told them that an Android 2.2 update was sitting ready to go out to T-Mobile but that Samsung had told them not to release it because it had just announced the Samsung Vibrant 4G+ and didn’t want it to be devalued. We’re not sure that particular rumor has much credibility but you just never know.

Now we hear from Phil Nickinson over on Android Central, sourced from Phonescoop, that Samsung has responded to these rumors asserting, “No. Samsung is not charging carriers for Froyo updates to Galaxy S. We hope to have more detail on status shortly. Promise!” Meanwhile over on Daily Tech, Mark Kurlyandchik also reports on the Froyo update delays from Samsung and adds that a Galaxy S replacement is already being teased for MWC with an announcement due on February 13 at Barcelona for something it calls the ‘next evolution.’ Head over to the samsungunpacked website to see the announcement which says there’s a preview teaser coming on February 1.

This of course may not please a lot of people who’ve been waiting for the Android 2.2 as it might not be long before their phones are superseded anyway. Are you a U.S. Galaxy S phone owner? If so tell us how you feel about the continued delays of the OS updates by sending us your comments.

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  1. Yaywayno says:

    I've been a T-Mobile customer since 2005, and have stuck with them even through the Great Sidekick crash of '09 and their relative slowness to get terrific phones. Last summer when the Galaxy S finally emerged as part of their lineup I wasted no time in getting one, as I am not an iPhone fan. I was assured of an OS update by the end of 2010. To hear that first my beloved T-Mob, and then Samsung, might be behind this failure to update is very disheartening; supposedly it's now a snap to 'root' your phone and get the update but I don't want to void my warranty. Classic rock vs. hard place scenario; I feel helpless at this point.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I have already rooted my phone and flashed Nero 4.1 with the Voodoo Lag Fix and it’s everything I’ve waited too long for. I figure I could flash back to stock and unroot if I really wanted to send in my phone to repair if need be but I’m very happy with the performance of my vibrant and don’t think it’s a big deal to do what I want when I want with my device. Screw samsung, screw them hard.

  3. Blesson says:

    i updated my galaxy s on last october. The only thing i found useful was its flash support for browser. But the phone has become so unstable that it hangs up 6-10 times daily. And the browser will close once in every 5 min. And the strang thing is that even when the phone is idle it sometimes gets unresponsive (shows blank screen and glowing buttons) and restart.

    I think us guys are lucky that they dint get an update. Its better to be in 2.1 than an unstable 2.2 which doesn't bring so much of perfomance/feature upgrade.

  4. davidm says:

    I'm done with Samsung. I added my third Android to my small firm, and I am back to HTC. And there are two Android tablets in the budget, and I guarantee you they will not be Samsung.

  5. Havekk says:

    I will never own another Samsung product.

  6. I love the Epic 4G from Sprint, and I didn't buy it with the HOPE I'd get an OS update. I bought it because it was a huge improvement over my WinMo 6.1 Ace.

  7. DCRocks says:

    I have a Samsung Epic, and the delays have been meaningless to me. I have been running 2.2.1 on my Epic for Months now. Besides, if you are not going to root your Android device, and install custom ROMs, you might as well go buy an iPhone. The setups you get by aftermarket ROMs are vastly better than any stock update, so I don't get what all the fuss is about.

  8. Bryan says:

    I bought the samsing epic 4g on august 31st, at the date of purchase I was told that 2.2 update would be OTA within a month, now at the end of jan2011 I still haven’t received 2.2 froyo. I have called samsung repeadly aout this issue and they keep redirecting me to my carrier and sprint tells me call them to see about the update status. Samsung has released a few devices that run 2.2 and some with 2.3, so they know how to update. Also there are several people rooting their phones with leaked 2.2 updates and not having a problem. Its a big mess imo. One thing is for sure, I WILL NEVER BUY ANOTHER SAMSUNG PRUDUCT AGAIN, they have lost a customer for life. As for android… sadly, I’m coming to the conclusion that iphone might be the way to go. They update their phones ontime and without fail, and stand behind their products.

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