Samsung Epic, Vibrant and Fascinate Back to Android 2.1

Over in the good ole US of A the Samsung Galaxy S variants such as the Samsung Epic 4G, Samsung Fascinate and Samsung Vibrant are supposed to be updating to Android 2.2 Froyo with a promise of this happening since September with the last promise being in December.

Well according to an article over on Ubergizmo by way of The Droid Guy, Samsung US have the Epic 4G, Vibrant and Fascinate listed on their website as having Android 2.2 Froyo; however apparently it was all one big mistake and now those devices have been returned to showing Android 2.1.

So if you happened to visit the Samsung website over the last couple of days and are expecting the Android 2.2 Froyo update to hit your Samsung Epic, Samsung Vibrant or Samsung Fascinate in the immediate future you can forget it.

Of course you can always hit up Samsung to voice your total annoyance at their continued failure and complete incompetence to deliver the Froyo update o your chosen device, but that probably won’t get the update onto your smartphone any sooner.

Thus it would appear that Samsung has let their users down so if you wish to vent, rant, generally pull your hair out over your thoughts as to why Sammy can’t push the Froyo update out feel free to scream and shout or slag off Samsung to your hearts content in our comments area.


16 thoughts on “Samsung Epic, Vibrant and Fascinate Back to Android 2.1”

  1. John says:

    In addition to the issues you mentioned, it appears we will have to download and install samsung kies software in order to get Froyo…I'm really beginning to wonder when I do get Froyo if I will really notice a difference?? Flash is great but how many websites do I visit on my phone that use flash?? Will I be able to play games like Farmville on it…still no official word on that although I heard Mafia wars was coming to android??
    I hope I will really notice an improved difference in my phone performance once I finally get Froyo otherwise all this waiting will be a big disappointment!

  2. Rob says:

    Completely ridiculous. The Nexus S has flipping 2.3! The UK has 2.2 on Galaxy S devices already. I am about to say forget the warranty and use one of the pirated ROMs from XDA. I have been a loyal Samsung customer, this is my 3rd Sammy phone and I even bought a Galaxy Tab. I am about to sell them both and give my money to Motorola. So my money can go to France instead of Korea–they are about to start a war over there anyway, so support might be an issue for Samsung again in the future when the bombs start dropping. And how about BADA, its real BAD, maybe if they weren't wasting time with another smartphone platform no one is interested in they could deliver Android updates on time.

    1. Karen says:

      Hilarious! Frustrated with Motorola's inability to update the Cliq to 2.1 I gave up on them, figuring I'd give my money to Samsung – which I did in abundance. Ah, I just can't win!

  3. rico says:

    guess this is how samsung show its thanks to customers for buying so many phones and making the galaxy s one of the top selling phones… I for one will think twice about buying another samsung phone, I should of stayed with HTC…

    owner of samsung epic4g

    1. Kenny Lee says:

      This (Vibrant) was my first AND LAST Samsung phone — and product of any kind. The phone desperately needs an OS refresh. It lags, loses passwords, locks up, the GPS sucks, and there is no interface for Mac users. As soon as the iPhone is available on carriers other than AT&T, I'm headed that way.

      It would be one thing if Samsung/T-Mobile would own up to the problems, and provide a prognosis for fixing them. But all they give is silence or bullshit. This is an insult to the whole concept of customer responsiveness, and commitment to quality.

      The screen is pretty though! (Gotta be fair).

  4. LWalty says:

    I have heard about how there isn't that much of a change from 2.1 to 2.2, but there are a few little things that make the 2.2 a more usable experience.

    1. Gmail has been updated to where if you use multiple email addresses all going through your single gmail account. When you send an email, on a desktop you can pull down and select your other email address to send out, now Gmail on Android 2.2 has that ability. Gmail on 2.1 doesn't.

    2. Dial out by Bluetooth. I'm talking about NOT touching your phone, but click the button on a paired bluetooth headset, and you say "Dail Jane Doe on mobile phone" – then your phone will dial out Jane Doe. 2.1 dose NOT do this.

    3. WiFi teathering. Sometimes, if your ever in an area like a coffee shop that doesn't have WiFi, you may need to send sometype of document that you can't send using your Android. You can simple turn-on WiFi tethering, and whip out your laptop and connect and send. 2.1 doesn't do this.

    This is some of the few little things that BUGs the hell out of me that 2.1 doesn't support.

  5. Rick says:

    I have the Vibrant and I have to say that I am very upset with Samsung. I also had an HTC HD2 that I bought just to put android on it and twice I screwed up and had to send the phone to HTC and both times I had the phone back in 2 weeks with no charge. Now that is customer service and I will be buying HTC from now on. By the way the HD2 works great with Android 2.2

  6. Chris says:

    I, for one, got sick and tired of waiting for this update to 2.2, so I took matters into my own hands, or rather yet, the hands of another person and got someone to root my phone for me. I have to say, by far the best feature is the wifi tethering. Otherwise, I dont really feel or see a difference between 2.2 and 2.1.

    So, to all the people holding their breath to get 2.2, you can relax, inhale and stop worrying about it so much, it honestly doesnt live up to the hype. Thats my opinion at least.

    Let the bashing begin.

  7. Spike says:

    I love my Vibrant but it will probably be my last Samsung phone. They keep stringing us along and I am guessing they are hoping that we will forget about getting Froyo or Gingerbread so that they can sell us another phone that can get updates. Samsung sucks.

  8. Alex says:

    I would stay away from Motorola and go to HTC, but I agree that this is utterly ridiculous. This is my first Samsung phone and my last. They lost a customer for life… yes, I took the time to write them, no, I never heard back. Samsung should learn that the MOST important thing to stay afloat is to keep your customers happy. One day they will tank and not know why. It happened to bigger companies than Samsung… and it will happen again.

  9. SenseiScott says:

    I have used Samsung in the past, and thought my Fascinate was a good call. I almost went for Droid X instead. Next time, I will stick with Motorola. They were quick with froyo upgrade on my OLD device (Droid 1). Once burned, twice cautious…

  10. Bob Mutch says:

    I waited 18 months for a Windows 6.5 upgrade on my Samsung Epix, and STILL bought a Fascinate! Should have waited a bit, and bought the HTC I was pining for.

  11. JJ2011 says:

    Shame on me, Samsung! I left HTC to give the EPIC a shot. Admittedly, I was – and still am – impressed with the phone overall. Having Froyo could have made things that much better. My first clue should of been when I wrote Samsung, inquiring about sync software (that HTC provides), expressing my concern about using a third party app and getting completely ignored. I should have canceled when I had the chance! Froyo is supposed to deliver a host of improvements, some suggesting that it would help with the known GPS issue(s). I won't be purchasing Samsung anymore. All I am good for is the initial purchase. Never mind support or customer loyalty, as I own other Samsung products – all registered.

  12. Kaffeguy says:

    From recent experience with Samsung, I must say that customer service is fair to poor on all their products. Yes, their products are good but when you need help or updates it has difficulties satisfying customers. Let's talk about cell phones and android. I understand "Android" is an open source. I feel and please correct me if I'm wrong because I don't understand much about this. Why can't Google set standards that they will release versions that are not able to be altered as far as the Android OS is concerned? Then the manufactures and cell providers may incorporate their bloat ware as a different add on separate from the Android OS. I like HTC and Sense. We that have HTC sense should be able to download newer versions of Android OS, then wait for the HTC manufacturer to just work on the sense and whatever the service provider wants to add to the Android OS. It should be a split type of deal. Is this possible? I love the use of technology, but am not aware on how or why they work. Answers would be appreciated!

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