In all of the hype surrounding the launch of the Samsung Vibrant Plus, there are apparently some shady things going on at Samsung coming to light. According to AndroidSpin, a T-Mobile insider is making a few lofty claims.
“Some disturbing things have happened the last week or so concerning our Vibrant. Samsung has not allowed us to push the update OTA for 2.2 because they feel it will decrease the value of the upcoming Vibrant 4G+. While from a marketing aspect I totally understand, as the Vibrant 4G is what the original Vibrant should have been in the first place. But to shun off and bold face lie to customers is not what T-Mobile is about.” The source later corrected his statement to say that the Vibrant Plus will not actually be 4G.
We also saw today that Samsung received only an average rating when it comes to software upgrades, and the Galaxy S has been waiting and waiting and waiting for an Android update, much to users’ chagrin.
Samsung reached out to CNET to respond to the accusations. “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 US 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.”
This probably isn’t enough to pacify those millions of Galaxy S owners who are beyond ready for an OTA upgrade. And the idea that Froyo is being kept from them for the simple purpose of making the Vibrant Plus look even shinier probably doesn’t help.