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Samsung Says It Isn’t Charging Carriers For Android Updates

by Sean P. Aune | January 19, 2011January 19, 2011 6:00 am PDT

It looks like Samsung is feeling the heat of recent rumors that it was trying to charge cellular carriers for updates to the Android operating system on its Galaxy S handsets.

The story goes that phones such as the Samsung Fascinate were not receiving upgrades from Android 2.1 Eclair to Android 2.2 Froyo because the phone manufacturer was demanding a payment from carriers that the companies felt was unjust.  While the evidence seemed pretty flimsy at first that this was the case, the fact that Canadian carriers had upgraded the Fascinate while U.S. carriers hadn’t just made the story that much more plausible.

Phone Scoop also wrote up this story, and received a statement from Samsung which read:

No. Samsung is not charging carriers for Froyo updates to Galaxy S. We hope to have more detail on status shortly. Promise!

that is the extent of the explanation for now, but all we can say is it had better be a great explanation because this doesn’t make a whole lot of sense when the phone gets updated in one country but not another.  And why the delay in explaining?  Why not just explain in the initial e-mail and get this over with?

We’re not sure what is going on to be honest, but the whole thing does seem just a tad bit odd to us.

What say you?  What could be the reason for Samsung not sending out the Fascinate update to everyone at the same time?

[via Phone Scoop]


Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...

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