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Whether you believe the rumors about Samsung's Android upgrade plans or not doesn't really matter - the company has proven again and again that when it comes to older devices (read: released more than 3-4 months), your chances of an update drop dramatically. Froyo has been around for over 6 months now, but 3 out of 4 flagship Galaxy S devices in the U.S. (Captivate, Fascinate, Epic 4G) are still sporting outdated and Flashless Eclair builds, while the rest were only just upgraded in the last month or so. And this is just Froyo - let's not even talk about Gingerbread.

If before today there was at least some hope of Samsung concentrating on the millions of devices it has sold over the last months, now I'd say we can forget about it. The latest punch in the gut comes in the form of a pre-MWC (Mobile World Congress) teaser of the next generation Galaxy S (Galaxy S 2?). Considering MWC starts in 2 weeks and Samsung is most definitely going to start pushing the new flagship hard, in my opinion, it's quite likely that the original Galaxy S is going to be de-prioritized, moved to the background, backburnered - you name it. With the rumored dual-core Orion CPU, 1080P HD video recording, NFC, and all kinds of other sexiness, I don't expect Samsung to get particularly excited about the good ol' gramps Galaxy S anymore. And who can blame them, after all why should they care about millions of consumers who are feeling outdated and betrayed?.. Oh wait...

But enough with the sadness - let's see what Samsung's got in store for us at an MWC event they are calling Samsung Mobile Unpacked. It's not much really, as the video the company released is only a teaser - one with a hilarious blooper nonetheless (see the reflection there in the last slide?). You see, the next Galaxy S is coming (stop the presses!), and it's looking mighty thin. Dual-core? Perhaps. More powerful than anything Samsung has ever offered? You bet. Plasticky, vibrating feel? I hope not, for their sake. They're not leaving us much to go on here - it's a teaser after all.

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According to the new Unpacked site where the video is featured, the whole event, happening on February 13th, 2011, will be live-streamed online. We'll still wait for it, anxiously - just not as anxiously as we would have, had we known your heart was still in the game, Samsung. Wake up and think of your customers!

P.S. For some reason, Samsung released 2 videos, named Teaser and Teaser II, which look exactly the same if you ask me. As Aaron would say, "lolwut?"

Source: Samsung Unpacked via OLED Display

Artem Russakovskii
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  • Evan

    that video basically tells me that this new one will actually have an led flash built in... apparently a very bright one.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      They say it's better than unicorn milk.

      • Paul

        whoah... really?

  • Mestage

    As long as owners of the galaxy S on Darkys ROM keep up the support on the continued development, we will be up to date and on a quicker ROM than Samsung has released. Thanks Darky!

    • Double

      What? Darkys rom is just a themed 2.2.1 rom

  • Letroy

    This article is based on nothing. We all knew the S2 was coming, and we were still hoping that there will be an SGS Gingerbread update. It's just as possible that they will release it in Q2 as it is that they won't, nothing changed.

    Anyway, I hope that by Q2 we will have a more-or-less stable Cyanogenmod 7. Darky's ROM is just a Gingerbread-themed Samsung ROM with a tweaked kernel (NOT made by Darky btw..), so we can't really expect real improvement from him..

    • Aaron Gingrich

      Actually, I think it was based on a YouTube video.

      Not positive though.

      • Letroy

        The YoutTube video is about a new phone. The article is about the SGS Gingerbread update. The connection between the two is purely speculation.

  • Mike

    Thanks to their "thanks for your money, now p*ss off!" attitude, Samsung can shove their Android phones & tablets where the sun doesn't shine as far as I'm concerned.

  • shadowjin

    I agree with this 100%:

    "the company has proven again and again that when it comes to older devices (read: released more than 3-4 months) your chances of an update drop dramatically."

    I wont believe anything they say untill they start proving themselves. This is another reason why i haven't purchase a Galaxy Tab. Might pick one up after they announce there 2nd model. if there priced cheaper , i wont feel buyers remorse.

  • seanny sean

    All Samsung is doing buy denying me an update and leaving me with an outdated phone is making sure I never buy Samsung again. I am going to get a new phone next year but ill tell you it wont be Samsung. And I know what your thinking "just flash the phone" I thought about it but my first one already broke and was replaced under manufacturers warranty so I don't want to void that. Samsung blows f the Koreans I'm going back to iPhone and supporting an American business.

  • Vvinny

    I got to say even just the thought what this phone could bring is sexy as hell. But when it comes to Samsung I wouldn't even consider one before November. By that time I will be getting 2 phones like I did with this.one for $99 and forego the pissedoffedness of the instana-buyers. Dual-core? How does that Nexus-S feel now?

  • DougEFresh

    Oh, oh, oh! I can't wait to sell my Vibrant and buy an HTC phone. You suck, Samsung.

  • TheBrother

    I had an old Samsung phone and it was absolutely horrible. Said I'd never buy another. Then I went and got the Captivate. Fak. They got me again. This time I mean it. Never ever ever again.

  • Jason

    They are delaying the Samsung Galaxy Android 2.2 Froyo update because they want people to buy the newer phone with the latest Android operating system. The new Galaxy will come with Gingerbread when the older Galaxy doesn't even have Froyo. Samsung phones are end of life when you buy them.

    • Uphor8

      That's an awesome way to put it: "Samsung phones are EOL when you buy them."

  • Juan

    I'm not to tech savvy and I've never posted anything before but let me tell you something folks...I'm so sick and tired of getting screwed with these smart phones from Android. Last phone I had was the Hero and nothing but problems. I get the Epic at Sprint and now I'm told that the android version is dated? WTF? Do IPhone users go through all the crap that Android users go through on a consistant basis? Should have gone with the freaking EVO.

    • Uphor8

      The EVO has definitely been one of the best choices. One of the first to get Froyo and Gingerbread is hopefully around the corner. An excellent device all around except the battery.

  • JazzHands

    Upgrades are nice, but don't forget that the SGS is also a phone for the average user. I bet that 9.5 million Galaxy S users don't really care about a minor update.

  • RellikZephyr

    If Samsung updates the Galaxy S to gingerbread after releasing the Galaxy S2, it might restore some of my faith in them. but as an ex owner of the original galaxy, a very badly burned ex owner if you ask me. Samsung is dead to me, will not even consider them for a new device, not even slightly. Also, JazzHands, although you are right about the average user to these phones, to not update it, is to simply ignore one of the Major features of Android

  • azumihk

    Only the us has problems with froyo, europe and asia all have 2.2 or 2.2.1 so maybe should look at the providers instead of samsung coz im not sure why the rest has froyo and us just keep delaying

  • http://www.gmachine.net Greg

    Honestly I don't care if Samsung builds a phone from platinum and is is given away for free. I'll never own another Samsung device. They screwed me and everyone else who bought a Galaxy S. Thank goodness for XDA and designgears or I may never have known Froyo on my Captivate.
    Hey Samsung, you can suck it!

  • JessSayin

    Interesting that all of the comments above without exception AREN'T about the quality of the phone but the lack of support from Samsung or the carriers. Interesting..
    Personally, I love my Vibrant but do feel PISSED on by both T-Mo & Samsuck but the phone rocks even though it is definitely the last Samsuck product I own.
    If it doesn't have the latest update ALREADY ON THE DEVICE I'm not buying it.

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