There is some very good news and some very bad news for all of you Samsung Behold 2 owners out there. The good news is that Samsung will be working to get Android 1.6 to you as soon as they can. The update will feature “Swype, an improved Media Player, updated core Android Applications and improved Bluetooth capabilities.” Everything here sounds great, but what about that Android 2.x promise they’ve been trying to cover up all this time?
That’s where the bad news works its way into the picture, unfortunately. Many of you will be crestfallen to learn that Samsung believes “the Behold II is not upgradeable beyond Android 1.6”.
Samsung Mobile and T-Mobile USA are planning to update the Behold II to Android 1.6 which provides access to Google Maps Navigation, Google Voice Search capability and quick search box for Android. The update will also supply additional benefits including Swype, an improved Media Player, updated core Android applications and improved Bluetooth capabilities. However, the Behold II is not upgradeable beyond Android 1.6.
Well that’s just great. While 1.5-year old devices such as the HTC Dream and HTC Magic are getting helpings of Android 2.2 (in one form of another), Samsung Behold 2 owners can’t get even a 2.0.1 solution going for their phone that was released in November 2009 (that Samsung “promised,” no less). I regret to believe that – after getting its final hoorah in the form of a donut – this may be the end of the line for the 6-month old phone. We wished Samsung would at least make their drivers public so that the dev scene can cook up some better treats for all of you jaded owners out there, but we don’t foresee that happening anytime soon.
If you’re a Behold II owner, how do you feel about this? Will you take action before or after your phone has received the upgrade to Android 1.6? And if you will, just what might that action be exactly? Let it all known in that venting forum we like to call the “comment section” below!