(Updated, Not For US, Sad Face) Samsung Promises Froyo For Galaxy S Series Before “End Of November”

Update: As it turns out, this was indeed meant for the UK only, as it stands Engadget and I both read it as possible for a global rollout. I apologize for any misunderstanding but calling people (mainly me) in the comments for misunderstanding the post just isn’t right.

Samsung has come clean regarding the Android 2.2 update, which will grace “all operator versions” before the end of November. I know the update promises Samsung makes have most Vibrant owners skeptical given recent memories of the GPS troubles but Samsung went all sorts of public with this so not meeting seems unlikely. Of course, I wouldn’t start truly worrying about it till the final day of November, which meets the whole “end of November” timeframe. Hit the press release below!


New Android 2.2 Upgrade Announced for Samsung Galaxy S

Latest Platform upgrade provides enhanced experience on the go

LONDON , UK – October 21, 2010 – Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., a leading mobile phone provider, today announces the Android™ 2.2 (Froyo) upgrade to the Samsung Galaxy S, giving users access to new features, enhanced navigation applications and improved, faster performance.

The super-slim Galaxy S is an award winning ultra-lightweight large screen Android smartphone. The Galaxy S features an incredible 4-inch Super AMOLED screen and a super-fast 1 GHz application processor, for an intelligent, immersive and integrated mobile experience. The Samsung Galaxy S has led the Android smartphone market since its UK launch this summer.

The Android 2.2 upgrade enhances the great experience of the Galaxy S, making even more of the processor speed, and the exclusive Super AMOLED screen.

The key benefits include:

Improved browser performance: enhances browsing, navigation and the ‘pinch and zoom’ feature

Enhanced user interface adding vivid colours and features to the android menu structure

Google Maps with Navigation: A GPS navigation system with voice guidance for a turn-by-turn navigation

Adobe Flash Player 10.1: the latest Flash Player for viewing video content

Enhanced user experience including message editing and the ability to save applications to memory card

Search in-browser: Google™, Translate, Wikipedia, Dictionary

Getting the upgrade

The Android 2.2 upgrade, will be available via Kies, Samsung’s in-house software upgrade programme. Samsung has developed a brand new version of Kies which will be issued to make the upgrade experience as smooth as possible. The new version of Kies will be downloadable from www.samsungmobile.co.uk

Samsung will also be publishing video tutorials on how to upgrade, providing a step-by-step guide to the simple download process.

The Android 2.2 software is being fully tested with UK operators and the upgrade will be available in the UK from early November. We expect all operator versions of the software to be fully tested and downloadable by the end of November.

Simon Stanford, Managing Director, Mobile, Samsung UK and Ireland, comments; ‘Samsung are committed to providing our customers with the best possible mobile experience, and this upgrade enhances the incredible features of the Galaxy S handset. We also want the upgrade process to be simple and hassle-free for customers, hence the new version of our Kies software and the step-by-step video guides.’

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  • NiiDiddy

    I can’t wait! And hopefully that fixes whatever they did to Swype during the J16 update. Looking forward to Froyo.

    • Chris

      As to your problem with Swype, I called tech support this morning and had to do a master reset, which cured my probs with Swype. All is now working as it should. So give that a try and you will see a big big difference.

      • NiiDiddy

        Thanks Chris.

    • theBIGmack

      What problems with Swype have you had since the update ?

      • NiiDiddy

        @theBIGmack– it freezes a lot, and seems as if i get ahead of they system as i Swype.. Not only that, it always puts in the wrong words over and over again when Swyping and it didn’t used to do that. I now resort to the speech thing which works flawlessly. But it bugs me that it’s no longer on point like it used to.

    • NiiDiddy

      SO I guess we are screwed yet again, waiting for T-Mobile/Samsung to get Froyo on our vibrants! Ugh…I’ll believe it when I see it. Hopefully it doesn’t take as long as it took the original MT3G.

    • axxsooner

      And you fools who thought the behold 2 folks were whining, Get ready Samsung sucks all kinds of balls! and don’t you dare complain when you get your update in2012. You were warned before you put your money up, but you all kept saying tHey wont le4ave this one behind. Got real news for you, seriously this update will come and you wlill never get
      it before april 2011 if ever. Im betting the never on this one! good ridince samsung!

      • Hecg55

        Yeah I had a that stupid problem.. I’m manually deleting each wrong word

  • KS

    What about Wifi Hot Spots?

    • Frigadroid

      I seriously doubt it. It will probably delay our update by another 30 – 60 days with Tmobile having to disable stock features of froyo.

      • sorandkairi

        this is weird tho, because the leaked rom for the mytouch hd has its mobile hot spot active…

  • RolloC84

    It says they “Expect”, which is not a guarantee, all operator versions to be “Tested” and “Downloadable” by the end of November. Downloadable is not the same as Downloaded to me. What that statement says to me is that they are thinking they will be done preparing the update by the end of November yet are not guaranteeing we will be receiving by then. I wouldn’t expect to see it by the end of November. Maybe I’m just being pessimistic but I’ve had false hope involving updates in the past and been let down. I gave Motorola my heart. I trusted them and they just “ran out of gas” on a deserted road and had their way with me in the backseat and just left me cold and dirty in the McDonald’s parking lot. I just don’t think I’ll ever be able to trust again.

    • axxsooner

      LOL?!! OH AND SINISTER LOL you will see this “update” in 2011 mark my words and call me Sally i stand to be corrected!

    • axxsooner

      Oh ya! samsucks said it would ne ready in. October or November. Well we meant October. 2011! LOL WE ALL WARNED YOU!

  • God

    Wrong country.
    Jesus Christ…

    That’s T-Mobile UK. And ONLY T-Mobile UK.

    • God

      Samsung UK, that is.

      “The Android 2.2 software is being fully tested with UK operators and the upgrade will be available in the UK from early November. We expect all operator versions of the software to be fully tested and downloadable by the end of November.”

      It says it right there in the release. This has nothing to do with US GalaxyS devices, and especially not the TMO USA Vibrant.

      • rod parish

        yea i was about to say the same thing… it might be awhile for us…

      • El Guapo

        Huh? It says the UK in *early* november. It then says ALL operators by the end of november.

      • Pimpstrong

        “All operators” was used in the same context as “UK operators and shows no indication that all operators WORLDWIDE should get it by months end. Na mean?

        • David, Managing Editor

          I interpreted it the same way Engadget did in that “all operators” meant a worldwide update. If its wrong, it’s wrong but I interpreted it as they did, hence the story.

      • DavidOhio

        I think the statement was made by samsung in London but it is meant for all carriers in the us.

  • Pimpstrong

    “Google Maps with Navigation: A GPS navigation system with voice guidance for a turn-by-turn navigation”

    Wait don’t we already have that with Eclair Vibrant??
    This kinda tells me that it is ONLY for UK contrary to what Engadget thinks(for the US carriers as well)

    I guess the big question is, Does the UK Galaxy S currently have Google Maps with Navigation: A GPS navigation system with voice guidance for a turn-by-turn navigation??

  • Frigadroid

    I’m more interested in Samsung USA or Tmobile Vibrant and I would expect this to come as a OTA. I’m still hoping by Christmas please Lord hear our prayer.

    • axxsooner

      He or she here’s it. However samsucks does not :(

      • Hecg55


  • Angelo

    So January 31st got it

    • reggie


    • Pimpstrong


  • HD2/Vibrant/G2 User

    Probably won’t even have my vib by then.

  • hitch

    not to sound like a broken record…but they promised 2.0 for behold2 users, too.
    we saw how that worked out.

    • Pimpstrong

      well you do sound like a broken record.

  • Garet

    I’ll have the mytouch hd or 4g by then whatever they are gonna call it that phone will replace my Vibrant since my GPS still doesnt work after last update.

    • RolloC84

      Same here. I’ll take two please.

  • LexLuthor

    Are we in the UK, no. This is Samsung UK.

    Samsung US recently tweeted that there’s still no ETA for US distribution of 2.2

    Bad reporting in this case.

    How in the world did Samsung/T-Mobile fall 2-3 months and counting behind their competition in delivering 2.2. This is starting to look really bad.

    Can even use the new, great upgrade to youtube.

  • Stephan

    This misleading titles thing has to stop. This is clearly not for the customer base in the US. Does it mean that maybe we will see it soon after, probably but if it’s not specific for us it should not have such a broad title as the one that was posted. The words UK should have been somewhere in the title of this “blog” article.

    If it’s anything like the update they just pushed out to us I will pass. My phone worked damn near perfect before they pushed that f** update to me. I had no lag problems, no problems with my GPS. Now my phone freezes at least once a day requiring a battery pull and my GPS will work if I sit for 5 minutes and let it lock on before actually moving, oh and it f’d up the Voice Guidance on the instruction. And of course now that my phone makes me want to throw it into the wall there is no one to complain to so that I may have it replaced. Thanks Samsung, great work

    • Stephan

      Oh and it says “ALL” network providers because just like here in the USA there are more than one carriers who have the galaxy

  • Vibrant Addict

    Ok that’s good, so I have about a month of buggy software due to the JI6 OTA. My GPS works now, but now I can’t even type well on my phone due to stupid syncing all the time! Please please please let Froyo be FLAWLESS for us.

  • tipsofme

    MyTouch 4G here I come. Sorry Samsung but I gave you one last go and it just didn’t work out. However, after Rooting and Oneclicklagfix this is a pretty amazing phone. I just wish it had better support from above…. Heres to dreams-

  • WOW

    david you’re a moron ITS UK ONLY!!!

    • David, Managing Editor

      Well calling me a moron just isn’t appropriate, so perhaps you should spend some time in a corner and learn how to talk nicely to people. I read it as Engadget did, hence why I posted it, if its UK only, it’s UK only, but they read it as I did, all operator networks, would it really be that impossible that the UK Samsung could make a global announcement?

    • bmg314

      WOW, I often disagee with some of the things in this blog as well. However, just coming out and attacking one of the editors like that is stupid and wrong. It is a blog. It is just as much opinion, speculation, and interpretation as it is news. If you do not appreciate the work that is done here, move along, and have a nice life. Moron. (Sorry, couldnt resist)

      • David, Managing Editor

        Thanks I guess, what do you disagree with “often?” Tell me, I want to do whatever I can to improve it!

      • David, Managing Editor

        More to the point though, this is what happens when news is reported in real time! It happens, it’ll happen again!

    • Pimpstrong

      WOW you suck big time for that one. Go find a new room.

    • FlyingRequin

      I see too much name calling everywhere. Why make personal attacks?? Discuss the facts and add your comments if they are value add. Otherwise just close it.

  • Angela

    @SamsungMobileUS just confirmed on twitter this is for the UK only they are-
    “In the USA we are working with carrier partners to release Froyo this year.”


    • David, Managing Editor

      Updated the post, thanks and sorry for the confusion!

  • Pimpstrong

    2.2 had better be comfu!@ingpletely worth it for us to be waiting that long for what will be considered outdated software by the end of the year. And I’m not even gonna ask for Gingerbread because I don’t want to piss myself off.

    • HD2/Vibrant/G2 User


  • Chatter

    Chill people. Its a mistake. No need to get all pissy about it with David. The site covers news and rumors and in this case, the news was not correct. I think the bigger issue here is with Samsung and why they cannot update things in a timely fashion.

  • Robert

    Please Vibrant owners can’t you all just get along? Relax and go back and watch Avatar for the 50th time.

    • 2Noob4U

      That is too funny! :)

  • efjay

    All I can say is, good luck waiting for the update to 3.0, that should be interesting :)

  • Stephan

    I agree name calling is completely uncalled for but honestly the article took 5 minutes to read and the wording isn’t crypto. Don’t be upset when you are called out. That’s what your articles do from time to time, so the phrase “if you can’t take it don’t dish it out” comes to mind.

  • Sami

    Come on david don’t post stuff that ur uninformed about. U get everybodys hopes up when u do this. This isn’t how to run a site

  • jflaco33

    Ok i think i had enough with samsung i told myself that i wouldnt buy another samsung phone and yet i fall in the trap again. I started with the instinct with sprint and had massive issues with the phone. It froze alot and just had massive problems. Then i went to t-mobile and had a behold 2 they promised and promised so many thing and i waited and never nothing. I then went wit a unlocked iphone!! Then when they anounced the vibrant i figured ill give it another try cuz it would be their flagship phone and guess whats going on!! I do have the new update and ever since the update my gps got worst my phone sometimes freezes and shuts off on its own. I wish there was somthing i can do but one person really isnt gunna get through to no one!!

    • Sami

      How did u get the gps update? I don’t have it on my vibrant

  • Jak Crow

    As soon as Cyanogen puts out a version of CM for the Vibrant, I’m installing it.

  • There is nobody to blame but the PR people in Samsung UK here. The PR doesn’t mention T-Mobile at all actually, and is completely misleading in what it says about UK carriers in the beginning of November and the rest by the end. David, Engadget, etc read it the way it was written.

  • tmoled

    By the end of November, droid x and evo will have had it for months, by the time we get it on Tmobile 3.0 will be rolling out, so we will be way behind. JI6 OTA update bricked my phone, it’s on backorder now and I will be without a 2.1 Vibrant for a long time, never again Samsung and possibly Tmobile. With the amount of data users, TMobile will have to raise their prices, the data cap is the first step. I just don’t think Tmobile can stay in the game much longer and the golden age of smart phones is over. I bet by the end of next year there will only be 2 or 3 carriers around in the US, no more unlimited data and prices go up. The networks just can’t handle more than half of their customers having data plans, Tmobiles can’t for sure. Verizon is investing big money to build a new one and they might be the only ones left with decent coverage, which sucks because they’re blood suckers.

  • mofo

    lol the mytouch hd had 2.2 out of the box and is faster stock !!!! lol mytouch will be the king of all phones

  • just want to know

    If the so called 2.2 fryo is already on the samsung tablet, that is being released on 11-10 2010 from t-mobile, then fryo must be stable then right? And if so why not release it to our phones then. If not then WHAT R THEY WAITING 4!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • I am glad to see someone realized the obvious. The galaxy tab is a bigger version of the galaxy s with 2.2. So, we are being just taken for a ride by Samsung and t-mobile. They just want the sale of the new device to be great. Why would you buy a tablet when the cellular version can perform same. T-mobile is no better about misleading their customers attempting to sell tv, etc.

  • KosherPork

    So the editor mis-interpited the tweet wrong. If people had some f*cking patience and would stop complaing about the dumb f*cking froyo update and let samsung get it out when they are good and ready. People complaining about not getting froyo right this second sound like a bunch of f*cking 2 year-olds saying, ” I want what I want, when I want it. Just shut the f*ck-up and be patient. All the people complain are the “morons”.