One of the big Android news stories today came from our friends at Androidspin.com. Androidspin.com ran a story from an unattributable source at T-Mobile proclaiming that Samsung and T-Mobile were holding back an official Vibrant update to Froyo to make way for the forthcoming Samsung Vibrant 4G.
While we certainly understand the frustration that not only Samsung Vibrant owners are feeling, but owners of all 4 major US carriers’ Samsung Galaxy S devices, are feeling, we dont believe for a second that Samsung is holding back all four Galaxy S devices.
There are significant changes in the way both companies are preparing for the release of the Vibrant 4G versus the original vibrant. For starters former T-Mobile head of PR, Pete Debrow told thedroidguy in July that they did a “soft” rollout for the Vibrant because it wasn’t a franchise device. According to tmonews.com T-Mobile is supporting the new Vibrant full on.
There is much debate on the Samsung Vibrant vs the Samsung Vibrant 4g. Most are suggesting that the newer version only adds a front facing camera, a new movie and the branding 4g. The Androidspin.com piece even suggests that the original version and the new version will see the same speeds on 4G.
We contend that while the original is 7.2 it won’t see the 21mbps that the newer mork will see.
As for the allegation that Samsung is holding back the update, the first thought is ok then what’s your reasoning for the Fascinate, Epic 4G and the Captivate?
Samsung has also responded to our request for comment saying:
“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 US Galaxy S owners, including the Samsung Vibrant, as soon as possible”