In the past few weeks, we've seen multiple accusations portraying Samsung as the bad guy in the Galaxy S Froyo upgrade drama in the U.S. First, there were many delays, followed by the update finally rolling out pretty much everywhere outside the U.S. Then, all anonymous and unconfirmed, an accusation that T-Mo's new Vibrant 4G was the reason for the, possibly indefinite, delay and a report that Samsung charges U.S. carriers for Android updates, later denied by Samsung.
As it turns out, the truth is much less complicated, although we can't say for sure the recent hubbub that undoubtedly did some damage to Samsung's Android reputation didn't accelerate today's events. PC Mag, a reputable publication, was able to extract personal confirmation from T-Mobile's CMO (chief marketing officer) Cole Brodman that the Froyo update for the Vibrant is indeed coming, and sooner than you think - tomorrow, January 21st. The update will be staggered, to make sure a sneaky bug doesn't explode everyone's Vibrants all at the same time. This means you may not get the update on the first day, but we'll sure try to dig up ways of doing it manually for those who so desire.
The reason for the delay is simple - sure, Samsung took its sweet time and only provided T-Mobile (and likely all other carriers) with a baseline upgrade at the end of November, but this is where the oh-so-loved-by-us carrier customizations come into play - features like Wi-Fi calling, branding, custom apps, and the slowdown caused by the holiday season resulted in close to 2 months of additional delays, this time on T-Mo's side.
As for future upgrades, PC Mag's Sasha Segan quotes Brodman in this interesting statement, which we'll be sure to take to the bank:
In the future, T-Mobile aims to update all of its phones to new versions of Google's Android OS within 3-5 months after Google makes the OS version public.
Sure, we'll keep that in mind, but in the meantime, watch out for that update tomorrow, Vibrant owners!
As for Samsung, T-Mobile, and other U.S. carriers, I have a suggestion for you - stop playing your little games and be a bit more transparent. We, the consumers of your products, will appreciate it. A lot.
Source: PC Mag