October 25, 2014

Canadian Galaxy S Users Get ETA Love

Take a look at the quote from the Samsung Mobile Canada Facebook page:

We’d like to acknowledge the tremendous interest in the Froyo (Android 2.2) upgrade for Galaxy S series smartphones in Canada. We are working diligently to provide a tested and secure upgrade experience in Canada. Android 2.2 will be released for Vibrant from Bell and Captivate from Rogers in mid-December, and for the Fascinate from TELUS in early 2011. We’ll post further details as they become available.

I have such mixed emotions reading this. As an avid supporter of Samsung before the Galaxy S line released, I stood up for them saying that they would indeed be bringing Froyo very quickly to the handsets as indicated by several statements they made before the product launch.  Here we are sitting in November, and still no official update for U.S. Galaxy S handsets.  Now, I read that our Canadian brothers and sisters are getting an ETA from Sammy, saying that they will be getting Froyo to at least two of the models this December.  First, I cheer for the Canadian Galaxy S users, I think it is great that they are getting some sort of official statement.  But I also cringe inside, because Samsung really does not have the best track record when it comes to providing promised updates to their handsets.  Yes, I know.  I know that there are many more factors, namely the wireless carriers that also add to the delay in getting updates out.  Yes, I know fragmentation is an issue that we are going to have deal with on the platform.  However, I cringed when I read this statement, because if Sammy does not come through in December, it is going to cement the ideas in the public mob mindset that Sammy simply cannot be trusted to hit target dates.

Now you have to balance the idea that ETA’s are ESTIMATED times of arrival, yes?  But ETA’s are taken as gospel, a practice that I find myself taking part in as well.

Now, on the up side, if this statement actually bears out, will it mean that we will see the US drop of Froyo for the four American versions of the S?  I sure hope so, although I am anticipating with glee a ROM from everyone’s favorite modding team for Android devices.

Either way, the best selling Android phone will get Froyo just in time for Gingerbread!