Mar 23 AT 12:35 PM Taylor Wimberly 27 Comments

Samsung updates Kies in anticipation of Android 2.3 for Galaxy S phones

Update: A representative of Samsung has informed me that this Facebook page is not an official Samsung account. Any U.S. Galaxy S news will be posted on the official Samsung Facebook page.

The race to Android 2.3 updates is on. Yesterday several users started reporting that Samsung was rolling out a new version of Kies, the desktop software used to update Galaxy S phones. We were wondering what the latest release was for and it appears this update is laying the groundwork for Android 2.3 updates of the Galaxy S.

In a Facebook posting Samsung said, “You need this update to be able to get the 2.3.2 update to your Samsung Galaxy S, Vibrant, Fascinate. 2.3.2 will be worldwide but carriers will be delayed.”

Samsung previously said on their Romanian Facebook page that the Android 2.3 update would be out by the end of March. That has yet to occur, but it looks like things are on schedule now that the new Kies is out.

Just as we saw with the Android 2.2 updates, the international versions of the Galaxy S should be updated long before the US versions of the phone. The delays might have been the carriers fault, but Samsung took a real beating since they arrived so long after the competition.

Hopefully this time around Samsung will work more closely with the US carriers to ensure their phones are updated in a timely manner.

[Thanks Anil for the tip]

Source: Facebook

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  • http://Website UniqueNate

    I’ve been trying to tell people it was Sammy. Clearly they are in a roll. Get over the past. Bash stuff without fact.

    • http://Website UniqueNate

      Correction. I meant to say it WASN’T Sammys fault.

  • Alec W.

    If they can get my Captivate to 2.3 before the Droid: Bionic comes out than maybe just maybe i’ll stick with them.

  • Mike Wood

    Nothing against Romania etc., but how come small countries with a very likely small installation base of Droids get upgrades first? Is it because if the update bricks phones the damage is much more limited? Or the bigger North American and European carriers customize the versions so much it takes so much longer…?

    • http://Website Hans

      I believe it’s the latter. US carriers add a lot of their own customization to android. :/

    • http://Website mikk

      2.2.1 is already available for romania.

  • http://Website prabhpreet

    When samsung is launching its 2.3 fw in india…

  • http://Website Joe

    Actually the link you posted is to a community generated samsung page, not official samsung.

  • http://Website Fred

    Hope it shows up in the U.S. fairly soon but not holding my breath since it’s Samsung (once bitten…).

    • http://Website Hans

      If you’re talking about a non-Galaxy S phone, then Samsung is to blame. If you’re talking about a Galaxy S phone, not their fault.

      • HipHopIsLyfe37

        So what’s a non Galaxy S phone that you’re talking about?

  • David

    I’ll believe it when I see it, but nice to hear they haven’t forgotten about us just yet. Though if they push 2.3, will they push the currently elusive 2.4 that was spotted on the Sony Ericsson Arc?

  • http://Website Charlotte

    Well I just checked mini kies for Vibrant, and it updated. Meaning a new version of Kies: 1.0.011032_13
    So maybe we have a reason to hope?

  • http://Website CxanDroid

    I can almost certainly guarantee this is not for the US version of the Fascinate (VZW), and would be surprised if it’s for ANY US Galaxy S device.

    So, 2.3 is coming for worldwide Galaxy S, and my VZW Fascinate is still at 2.1 Eclair…officially.


  • http://Website jeshan

    Guys seriously.. the typo should have tipped you off.

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  • http://Website Name (required)

    TMobil is the right move with the upgraded service………i would pay al little more for better 4g coverage………..Y’all have to say word!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://Website Derek

    Samsung is smart. They’re going to announce publicly when they give the 2.3.2 update to the US carriers (namely AT&T) so that way if you dont get it in a timely manner, they can wash their hands of the situation and the blame will fall squarely on the carrier. But in reality AT&T doesnt give two shits if you’re mad at them or not. They have more customers than they can handle anyways. Just look at their response to people pissed about the Atrix 4G. They basically said, if you dont like it, return it for a refund and go back where you came from.

    Worst customer experience ever…AT&T. Now they’re going to buy T-mo. It’ll be like it was before the FTC forced AT&T to break up into the 9 baby bells.

  • http://Website M

    Sfunny I downloaded Kies 11033_25 from its a later version than My installed Kies tried to upgrade itself with, wonder which is the right one to get ginger with ?

  • http://Website vicky

    So do u know when it will be out on Samsung kies 2 update. 2 android 2.3

  • http://Website dreqs

    anyone,after upgraded to gingerbread,still able to use native 3g video call from galaxy s??

  • http://Website hojjat

    dowlaod free android 2.3

  • http://Website mohamed

    v goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood

  • http://Website disgruntled vibrant user

    stuck with this stupid phone and guess what.. no timely updates!!

  • mariojaflopez

    gracias por el aporte, desde Honduras

  • LP

    After the headache of trying to get my samsung updated and stay with the current android releases i am fairly certain my next phone will not be a samsung. The vibrant for may have had the nicer screen but I am starting to think I would have been better off sticking with htc or going with the nexus.

  • RP

    Are there any new updates for samsung galaxy s GT I9003 ?