As an owner of a Samsung Galaxy S (Epic on Sprint), I’ve been waiting for the Froyo update. I’m still waiting, long past the promised date of “end of 2010.”
An unconfirmed post was placed the xda-developer’s forum, and has hit all the gadget websites in the past few days. It’s unconfirmed, but not flatly denied, at least not yet.
Samsung will need to do some PR repair soon. I can hack my epic, but I’m seriously reconsidering recommending it or any Samsung to anyone else, particularly those who aren’t tech-savvy enough to custom load it themselves.
In the past, most phone updates would mainly consist of critical and maintenance updates. Carriers almost never want to incur the cost of a feature update because it is of little benefit to them, adds little to the device, and involves a lot of testing on the carrier end. Android has changed the playing field, however – since the Android Open Source Project is constantly being updated, and that information being made widely available to the public, there is pressure for the phone to be constantly updated with the latest version of Android. With most manufacturers, such as HTC, Motorola, etc. This is fine and considered a maintenance upgrade. Samsung, however, considers it a feature update, and requires carriers to pay a per device update fee for each incremental Android update.