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PETITION: Submission calls Samsung to Upgrade the Samsung Galaxy to Android 2.0
Posted by Arne Hess - on Thursday, 26.11.09 - 11:49:04 CET under 04 - Android News - Viewed 10162x
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When the Samsung Galaxy was announced earlier this year, it was quite a state-of-the-art Android smartphone, at time of the launch it ran the brand new Android 1.5/Cupcake OS and featured a unique AMOLED touchscreen and a 5 megapixel camera with flash (both first for Android). However, as time went bye, Google released Android 1.6/Donut and Android 2.0/Eclair and except minor bugfix releases, Samsung hasn't made any progress to either release the much overdue Android 1.6 update or the even worthier Android 2.0 upgrade.

Now some folks started a petition which should help to move Samsung forward to release - at this point of the year - an Android 2.0 upgrade for the Samsung Galaxy:

Many people bought the Samsung Galaxy since it was one of the first Android devices with nice hardware features.

It is available since July 2009, and is of excellent quality.

Up to today there is no official statement from Samsung about future firmware releases.
Many people wait for a new firmware for their device based on Android 2.0

The idea behind Android devices which many other manufacturers follow is to keep the users up-to-date with a recent Android release.
E.g. HTC has done so with their models Dream, Magic and Hero

We, the Samsung Galaxy user-community, hope that Samsung will provide an upgrade to a recent Android release (2.0 or the soon to be released 2.1) in a near future.

The target is to get 100,000 supporters and at the moment, the petition has 1,236 supporters only. So doesn't matter if you have a Samsung Galaxy or not, you might want to sign the petition too.

Also Samsung should better keep a closer eye on this topic since it could cost the manufacture a lot of credibility. There's no technical reason why either Donut or Eclair shouldn't be offered for the Galaxy, at this point it's simply a business or resource decision Samsung has to take. But if the first Samsung Android smartphone is already failing in terms of OS-version upgrades, how should possible future customers be confident that this won't happen with the next Samsung Android smartphone again?
Other manufactures like HTC are way more active in this space and even upgraded the yet outdated T-Mobile G1/HTC Dream from Android 1.0 to Android 1.5 with a later update to Android 1.6.

Cheers ~ Arne


 
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Posted by HTC Hero on 26.11.09 - 13:37:35

I’m really annoyed from Samsung! I bought the Galaxy after all the good update experience with my Omnia and also because all your positive statements. However, it’s not your fault that Samsung haven’t offered an update so far and when it was released, nobody knew what Samsungs plans were.

I can say that the Galaxy was my last Samsung Android phone for a long time. Already sold it at ebay and changed to the HTC Hero. Now I have Android 1.6 running with the outlook to get 2.0 soon. :-)

Posted by JT on 26.11.09 - 13:52:23

HTC Hero running 1.6??? That's not officially released, at today the Hero and Galaxy are running 1.5 aka CupCake

Posted by HTC Hero on 26.11.09 - 14:18:22

No, it’s a cooked ROM, what else after HTC confirmed that they will skip 1.6! But who cares? Android is open source and some clever cooks put together all the files. :-)
That’s another benefits of an HTC phone, the developer community is much stronger! :-p

Posted by Lyesmith on 18.12.09 - 13:52:37

Well I am happy with my Galaxy, however when the time comes to replace it this will be a number one issue. If Samsung does not follow up with firmware updates, I will switch to a manufacturer who will.
Signed the petition by the way.

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