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?