January 19, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
Since last week, Samsung has been accused of being the sleaziest Android manufacturer on the planet. First, someone claimed that it ordered T-Mobile not to release Froyo for the Vibrant in order to increase sales of the Vibrant 4G. Then, the company was reportedly holding Froyo “hostage” from all U.S. carriers because it wanted money for each device that would receive the update.
This is the first you’re hearing it on this site because we thought both stories were fishy, even for an anonymous rumor. Both featured statements that didn’t mesh with known methods of operation for mobile phone updates. Yesterday, Samsung finally stopped sitting on its thumbs and stood up for its honor.
“No. Samsung is not charging carriers for Froyo updates to Galaxy S,” a Samsung spokesperson told PhoneScoop. “We hope to have more detail on status shortly. Promise!”
Samsung is not holding updates hostage or making undue demands on carriers; at least there’s not a shred of verifiable evidence to suggest that the company is doing something so dastardly. What’s far more plausible is that Samsung is slow to update the many carrier versions of Touchwiz to Android. It’s inexcusable for them to take this long, but we must criticize them for incompetence or sluggishness; not evil.