Samsung Behold II owners might be upset their phone will likely not receive Android 2.x, but at least they can take joy in the new Android 1.6 update from T-Mobile. The carrier began rolling out the latest update over-the-air last night and it is expected to continue through June 25th. New additions for Behold II users include Google Maps Navigation, Google Voice Search, Swype, and other fixes.
T-Mobile recently pledged “No phones left behind“, but this could be the last major firmware update to the Behold II. Samsung Mobile claims the Behold II is not upgradeable beyond Android 1.6, even though other T-Mobile phones with similar hardware specifications will receive Android 2.x.
We are still waiting on more details, but it sounds like the Behold II did not sell that well and T-Mobile is unwilling to invest additional resources towards upgrading all the hardware drivers to be compatible with the Android 2.x kernel.
The Android 1.6 update for the Behold II features:
- Access to Google Maps Navigation
- Google Voice Search capability
- Quick search box for Android
- Swype keyboard
- Media player improvements
- Updated core Android applications
- Improved Bluetooth capabilities
- Additional usability updates/fixes