Mar 18 AT 5:47 PM Taylor Wimberly 54 Comments

Samsung Mobile could offer the first Gingerbread updates to US carriers

Some would argue that Samsung and “timely software updates” should never be used in the same sentence, but we are starting to hear some rumblings that they could be the first handset maker to provide an over-the-air update to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) for US carriers.

Samsung recently announced on their Romanian Facebook page that the international version of the Galaxy S would receive Gingerbread by the end of this month. This sounds believable because the Galaxy S uses essentially the same hardware as the Samsung Nexus S, which was the first device to ship with Android 2.3.

So far only the Nexus One has been updated to Android 2.3, but that device was only sold online and marketed as a device for developers. Samsung is hoping provide the first Android 2.3 updates for phones sold by the US carriers.

Ever since their first Android phone, Samsung has always had the reputation of slow software updates in the US. Some handset makers delivered Android 2.2 updates within six weeks of it becoming available, while Samsung took over six months to deliver their first Android 2.2 update. As of this post, Verizon has yet to release an Android 2.2 update for the Samsung Fascinate and Sprint had to pause their update on the Epic 4G when problems were reported.

Last year I wrote that Samsung failed to upgrade their reputation when the first round of Android 2.2 updates were delayed, but it appears that the company learned from their mistakes and is looking to make software updates a priority (similar to LG’s commitment).

Hopefully more details will be forthcoming next week at CTIA in Orlando.

What better way to improve your standing in the Android community than to be the first with Android 2.3 updates? Do you think Samsung can pull it off or will Galaxy S customers be stuck waiting another year for the next round of updates?

Via: ZDNet

Source: Facebook

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  • http://Website Andrew

    HA. don’t count on it

    • http://Website B

      Coming from a typing dick.

  • http://Website panic

    Womp Womp

  • http://Website Jeremy

    I sure hope this is the real deal. Then again, it took them FOREVER to get 2.2 in the US, even after the international community had it. And still, only 2 of the Galaxy S phones have it. And for some, it’s not going so well. If they really do it, and it goes off smoothly, Samsung hopefully will upgrade their reputation.

  • http://Website clocinnorcal

    I will believe it when I see it.

    Also, I don’t think you can put all the blame on Samsung and the 2.2 fiasco. Its the carriers that need to release their final build in a timely manner.

  • http://Website Matto

    Not a chance this will happen. Samsung hasn’t figured out that updates are esential to selling future handsets as well as current ones. you can only piss people off a couple times before they start avoiding your products. Even if they could get 2.3 to the carriers in a reasonable time, They drag their feet too. Both need to pull their heads out of their a**es and figure out how to do things correctly and in a timely mannor.

  • http://Website Meister_Li

    I dunno, there is already a leak of a (slightly buggy) 2.3.2 for the International Galaxy S. It runs pretty well from what I’ve heared, only the RAM Management is pretty terrible and it still got all debug tools and kernel functions enabled, which slows it down a little. Sooo… Yeah. I can see it happening! It seems like it was pretty easy to port CM7 from the international Galaxy S to Captivate and Vibrant, at least. No idea about the Fascinate or Epic, tho.

  • http://Website Anonyomous

    I honestly really don’t care.. I just want froyo (android 2.2) for my fascinate NOW!!!! I love flash & I want it on my phone… Idc how long gingerbread (android 2.3) takes

    • http://Website Matto

      Root. Find ROM on XDA. Flash to device. Done.

      • http://Website Mark

        look fucker stop telling people to root. Not everybody wants to or knows how to do it. Alot of people just want the official upgrade. Yes I’m rooted but I dont tell people just to root it instead of waiting for the official upgrade. I dont even have a galaxy s device but I’m pissed off for the people that do. So stop being a show off and stop telling people to root!

        • http://Website Char

          Thank you for saying that! Yes not everone wants to root. I dont know how and to care to. I just want the official upgrade with no issues and it not being difficult.- samsung epic owner

          • http://Website watbetch

            I don’t know where any of you are getting the idea that you must be rooted to install 2.2 on a Galaxy S phone but you DON’T need to be rooted to flash a from Samsung but LEAKED version of 2.2 with Odin or Hemidall.

        • http://Website Brian

          Seriously, the “Root your phone so you can have the cool stuff” is getting old. Its not the end-all be-all answer in most cases. So stop saying it. It makes you look like a douche.

  • http://Website alex

    Samsung has a bad rep here in the U.S. Internationally their Samsung Galaxy S got 2.2 ASAP, but if they don’t step their game up in the U.S then they will lose their customers, LG, and Sony has admitted to their mistakes, but Samsung and Motorola haven’t. Motorola dosen’t really update unless it’s for their BFF Verizon.
    -ex CLIQ XT User, current mytouch 4g :D

  • http://Website Mark

    When will the G2 get gingerbread? I guess being stock doesn’t speedy up your updates after all. :(

    • http://Website Meister_Li

      As far as I know, Cyanogenmod 7 RC2 (2.3.3) already runs absolutely stable with no unsupported hardware on the G2.

    • http://Website alex

      relax buddy the N1 took a while and it was updated from google, so t-mo will take a while trust me i want honeycomb/ginger/ice cream on the mytouch 4g but it will take a while tmo isn’t really good at updating their phones.

  • http://goo.gl/tQ2E wwJOSHdo

    History repeats itself! And Samsung has a history of dropping all support for a phone after they release it. They don’t give two shits about the Samsung this or samsung that, that you just bought. They are already working on their next batch of phones… That won’t get updates as well. Let’s see you change that Samsung, but I am NOT holding my breath or I would be dead and Samsung would just laugh at me for wishing for an update that is NOT going to come. Samsung, SCREW YOU! I feel like stomping this M920 into the ground!

  • http://Website rev2redlineguy

    Boy, doesn’t this sound like dejavu again from Samsung? Yeah, I don’t see this happening anytime soon for the Galaxy S phones. Sure, the overseas customers might get it but here in the U.S. I doubt it will be soon. We’ve heard that from Samsung before….try to get the customer to buy their product then ensure them that they will get timely software updates and then…WHAM! Six months later or even longer you finally get it or in some of the cases like the fascinate or epic, you get nothing. Samsung just needs to stop telling their people all this nonsense until they actually do. You’d think they would of learned their lesson already but apparently they aren’t and really just concerned about their bottom line. Good luck with people getting hyped about this one Samsung.

  • http://Website Jason_az

    Not holding my breath. I was told when I bought this fascinate that froyo will be coming soon. That was forever ago. Definitely not “soon”.

  • http://Website Dre

    Ha, sorry but I’m not gonna place any bets on Samsung ever getting GB to their US phones

  • http://Website iynfynity

    lol. They won’t do that. I’m pretty sure about it.

  • http://Website lemwad

    so this is the same story with no new information since the Romanian Facebook post. yawn.

  • http://Website B

    Lets not forget the whole Behold fiasco either.

    • http://Website Daniel

      And Galaxy, and Galaxy Spica, and Galaxy 5, and Galaxy 3, and Moment.

  • http://Website James!

    Even if this comes to be, how much of it is actually a stronger update commitment from Samsung, or just a product of working with 2.3 on the Nexus S making it easier to port to the Galaxy S?

  • http://Website James King

    Is it too much to ask for Honeycomb on my Tab? Yeah I thought it probably would be… :/

    • http://www.btechpcrepair.com Brian

      I know. The Tab needs Honeycomb. I’m sure it will get ported when the 8.9 comes out. I hope anyway.

  • http://Website Phil G

    Samsuck upgrade their reputation???? Am I sheltered? Are pigs flying?? Has peace come to the world? Oh phew, nope we woke up and realized IT WAS ALL A DREAM!!!! I wont believe it till I see it. Way too many times has samsuck promised and never delivered. We were lucky to get 2.2 on vibrant from all prob im hearing about w verizon and sprint. (my phone freezes for a min often now) I am a samsuck tv,fridge,and many phones, and they are good quality I wont deny that, but it seems they treat you well till they make the sale then on to next suck…..i mean customer, forget about owner.

    • http://Website Chris W

      Damn straight bro, couldnt have said it better lol. Dont count on it people

  • Jeffroid

    ” What better way to improve your standing in the Android community than to be the first with Android 2.3 updates?”

    I think any actions that attempts to pay attention to the community/consumers would definitely improve any manufacturers standing. and of course attending to the needs. it’s simple, really – consumers will always be demanding, the one that is able to meet the demands will be the one that stands out among the competitors.

  • http://Website mkrmec

    Since 2.3 was already leaked for the international Galaxy S phone, a working ROM that had minor bugs, I can probably see it done by the end of the month.

    As for US versions of Galaxy S… Carriers will frack up the release again just like they did with 2.2.

    Anyway I don’t particulary like Samsung but I believe that they can do it, if they wanted to.

  • http://Website Hans

    ROFL@people still believing that it was only Samsung’s fault for the US Galaxy S phones taking ages to get Froyo. So naive. Blame the damn carriers, stupid people put bloatware on our phones and things that delay the update process.

  • http://Website ablkida

    HA!

  • http://Website jesskimo

    Meh, I’m not holding my breath.. Hopefully we’ll get a stable custom rom soon when the bugs are worked out with the international version.. getting pretty close already

  • http://Website Ryan

    I thought we already established the fact that Samsung isn’t to blame for the lack of updates. Clearly they’ve had their updates ready to go, and it’s now obvious that the hold up is the carriers. See: Vibrant with 2.2 and the other US Galaxy S’s with 2.1. But it wouldn’t surprise me if Samsung beats everyone to 2.3 in an attempt at saving their reputation. At least I know I’ll get it before those Sprint and Verizon suckers. =P

  • http://Website Iraqi foreign minister

    “I triple guarantee, first gingerbread updates are coming to our friends at Samsung Mobile!”

  • http://Website Dr. Samsung, CEO of betrayal & customer genocide

    suck it samsuck. never ever (again)!!!!!

  • http://Website Aaron

    With the spec wars at a standstill right now the only thing that really differentiates the manufacturer’s is the speed that they can deliver updates. No one in these communities cares for their skins, so the only thing a manufacturer can do that we care about is update our beloved phones. Samsung needs to learn it or start to suffer. Stock would be easiest to update which is why I would like that most, but skinning isn’t bad until it slows an update, same for carrier apps.

  • http://Website Eric

    The GPS on my Vibrant still doesn’t work and Samsung’s radio’s pale in comparison to Moto and HTC. Sure its nice to have 2.2, but the phone is half baked and with no GPS fix in sight it always will be.

  • http://Website Martin

    Dont know how many times i have to say this but the carriers are slowing thing down in your land not Samsung . So the ARTICLE is Wrong !!! Blame youre carriers they wanna ad their Stupid F#ckin Bloatware !

    Well im lucky i live in holland and here the update come freakently …..

  • http://Website Kevin

    Well I just received an ota update of some sort. Thought it was Gingerbread or at least 2.2 but i guess it was nothing. After my Vibrant restarted I check the firmware & it still has 2.1-update 1. Eclair is build number. Not sure what that ota was but nothing on my phone has changed.
    Vibrant Galaxy S. (Got thru T-Mobile about 2 months ago.

    • http://Website aboyandroid

      You need to use Kies to upgrade your phone 2.2 for Vibrant and Captivate are both released.

  • http://Website meazy

    Man I am glad I got the nexus 1 I have gingerbread for like 3 weeks now from ota update from T mobile

    • http://Website elarella

      Hate to burst your bubble, but you actually got the update from Google, not T-mobile.

  • keridel

    The thing with Samsung is this Europe USA devide. They are realeasing an update for 1 phone on possible 3 us carriers in march. Great. But HTC are releasing an update for 4 phones globally in April.

    HTC still come out top in my books.

  • Ms. Matrix

    This is bull if this really happens. I just don’t understand why companies can’t get it together when it comes to updating phones on time. I have the Mytouch Slide and I’m still waiting for 2.2 yet the Mytouch 3G which is a older phone has 2.2. now. It doesn’t make sense.

    I’m not messing with anymore Samsung or Motorola phone, I had it with both of them

  • http://Website Alec W.

    I like that there getting faster with the updates but i’d rather them take longer and be less buggy.

  • http://Website shaundizzle

    I don’t see the point in this article. Its not like there’s some leaked info on software updates. Only says pointless info that samsung sucks at software updates

  • http://Website Quinci

    2.2. Fascinate. NOW!

  • http://www.simpleleaseagreement.org lease

    Software updates for Samsung mobiles should be faster now. Doing so will help them get more customers to avail of their mobile phones.

  • http://Website Digger-Nick

    Samsung can suck my………..stick!

  • http://Website MacGyver

    Samsung deliverying Android OS Version 2.3 (Gingerbread) to US customers first. You’ve got as good a chance of seeing that as you have selling a ketcup popcicle to a woman wearing white gloves at mid-day in the Arizona desert.

  • http://Website David

    What date is gingerbread update coming for vibrant users in the U.S.? Do they even have one?