Ruh-roh. Some huge allegations are being thrown around regarding Samsung and their hard time of getting the upgrade to Android 2.2 out for T-Mobile’s original Vibrant. AndroidSpin is reporting that their source familiar with the situation has admitted that the original Vibrant’s Froyo upgrade is ready to be pushed out at any moment. Why the delay? Samsung wants to give people more reasons to upgrade to the Vibrant Plus, which comes with Android 2.2, a front-facing camera, and 4G HSPA+ radios.
They also alleged that the original Vibrant is already able to fully utilize T-Mobile 4G – this one I’m a bit skeptical about. He expressly states that the Vibrant Plus has the added 4G over the Vibrant, but if the Vibrant can fully utilize T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network, then it too must have 4G radios. Here’s the full quote for consideration:
Some disturbing things have happened the last week or so concerning our “Vibrant”. Samsung has NOT allowed us to push the update OTA for 2.2 because they feel it will decrease the value of the upcoming Vibrant4G +. While from a marketing aspect i totally understand, as the Vibrant 4G is what the original Vibrant should have been in the 1st place. But to shun off and bold face lie to customers is NOT what T-Mobile is about.
…Being that, Vibrant 4G and Vibrant have exactly same stats, added FFC and a new movie and the 4G. But i will tell you this, the original vibrant CAN utilize 4G FULLY. Yes FULLY. not what they are telling you.
I’m not saying I do or don’t believe this, but it makes you think. The Galaxy S phones across the ocean have had Android 2.2 for a while now, and especially for the Vibrant, they’re not much different from each other. We’ve seen countless 2.2 leaks for at least 3 of the 5 Galaxy S phones here in the states, and all of XDA agrees that the leaks for the Vibrant are far ahead of any other Galaxy S phone in terms of stability.
Take all of this with a grain of salt, though: we don’t want you guys taking pitchforks and torches to the doorsteps of Samsung over what could just be a big fat lie. We’ll reach out for comment. [via AndroidSpin]
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