Samsung says the long-delayed upgrade to Android OS 2.2 for the U.S. versions of the Samsung Galaxy S is still in testing. The company says it will be available “as soon as possible”.
Over the summer, the Samsung Captivate debuted from AT&T, Verizon released the Samsung Fascinate, T-Mobile introduced the Samsung Vibrant T-Mobile, while the Samsung Epic 4G launched from Sprint. These are all members of the Galaxy S series.
They all hit the market running Android OS 2.1, even though the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system at that time was OS 2.2. However, Samsung committed to system software upgrades from the beginning. In the fall, the company said these upgrades would be available by the end of November, but users of these devices are still waiting over a month after that deadline.
Still Coming Soon
Samsung made the following statements via one of its official Twitter feeds:
We are working to make the Android 2.2/Froyo upgrade available to all U.S. Galaxy S owners as soon as possible.
We want Galaxy S owners to have (a) simple/reliable upgrade. We r running tests due to complexity/unique functionality.
The delay has gone on for so long that Google has already introduced Android OS 2.3, which somewhat ironically is currently available only on a smartphone from Samsung, the Nexus S.
New in Android OS 2.2 (Froyo)
Android OS 2.2 is required for devices to run Adobe Flash Player 10.1, which allows the web browser to fully make use of websites that use Flash for navigation, games, and showing video.
This version of Google’s operating system also contains a number of other enhancements, such as faster performance thanks to a new JIT compiler and the ability to store applications on a removable memory card.
In addition, Samsung has promised that this system software upgrade will include a fix for a bug that sometimes causes these smartphones to be unable to get a GPS lock.