Samsung's history of timely software updates, at least from the perspective of the American market, has not been a very positive one. Then consider Android 2.3, which, even though it has been available since December 2010 because of the Nexus S, has not been released as an update to any other handset besides the Nexus One. Now, we are hearing reports from Samsung themselves that the Samsung Galaxy S may be the first handset to get the Gingerbread update.
Samsung recently mentioned in a post on their Samsung Mobile Romania Facebook page that they have plans to get the Android 2.3 update onto their international Galaxy S handsets by the end of the month.
This rumor is not completely out of the question, as the Nexus S, the first Gingerbread phone, is made by Samsung and shares, in large part, many of the same internals with the Galaxy S. Due to this, the timeline for Samsung to get a Gingerbread ROM working was very likely shortened because some important hurdles in adapting an Android ROM to a handset will have already been solved.
When looking at the international market, Samsung has actually done an acceptable job at updating the Galaxy S to FroYo quickly after its launch. However, the American market, with their now up to 5 different variants of the device existing in one country for different carriers, still has yet to get FroYo onto the handsets of every carrier.
I would agree that the odds for the international version of the Galaxy S getting Gingerbread by the end of the month is not too out of the question, even though no other manufacturer has managed to release a Gingerbread update onto the market yet. From the perspective of some Galaxy S users in the US who still don't have Android 2.2, this will seem more than a bit unlikely. If this does end up being true, Galaxy S ROMers will have another great Android Gingerbread ROM to choose from.
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