Ever since a wild rumor surfaced claiming Samsung and T-Mobile are purposefully withholding the upgrade to Android 2.2 (Froyo) for the Samsung Vibrant in order to boost anticipation for the Samsung Vibrant 4G, the internet has been ablaze with hate only rivaled by the uproar over undelivered but promised updates for the Samsung Behold II. A class action lawsuit and Twitter trend of #NeverAgain when tweeting out Samsung complaints seem to be only the start, and Samsung’s newly issued statement regarding the matter won’t do much to slow down the hate.
“Samsung Mobile does not comment on rumors or speculation. With regard to the Froyo update, we recently issued the following statement: “Samsung feels it is important to make the Android 2.2/Froyo upgrade available only after we feel that we can give the millions of U.S. Galaxy S owners a simple and reliable upgrade experience. Due to the complexity and unique functionality of each Galaxy S device, we are performing additional testing and are working to make the Android 2.2/Froyo upgrade available to all U.S. Galaxy S owners, including the Samsung Vibrant, as soon as possible.”
When asked for comment by CNET, T-Mobile simply referred back to Samsung’s verbiage. Pretty non-comittal words coming from the camp that is supposedly withholding these updates. Given their history of poorly-executed Android upgrades you’d think Samsung would make an honest effort to get Froyo out, so perhaps it is really just a case of getting all of their ducks in a row across carriers and devices before releasing Android 2.2 in the US. We’d hate to jump on board with such a vicious rumor, especially if it is simply that: a viscous rumor.