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The Galaxy S lineup will be upgraded to Android 2.2 with Flash 10.1 support.  (Source: Samsung)
All major U.S. carriers will get Galaxy S variant, Froyo

After bungling the Behold II's Android update with a will-they-won't-they approach, Samsung is attempting to cast aside any doubts that its upcoming line of Galaxy S phones will suffer the same fate.

Samsung announced the welcoming news last night via a Twitter post:

Galaxy S phones will come with Android 2.1 and be upgradeable to Android 2.2 which will support Adobe Flash 10.1

The announcement comes fresh off the heels of another Galaxy S development. Though we've recently covered T-Mobile's Galaxy S variant, the Vibrant, as well as AT&T's Captivate, according to CNET, the super AMOLED smartphone will be available in some form or another on all the major U.S. carriers.

While we've also covered Sprint's Galaxy S Pro, the only full QWERTY device in the initial Galaxy lineup has been dubbed "Epic". In addition to its spec sheet, the device will come with a video store to download movies and TV shows, though it is unclear at this time who will provide the content.

Verizon -- not to be left in the other carriers' warp trail -- will entice consumers with the Fascinate, which sounds to be almost identical to the Vibrant and Captivate. Two things stand out about the Fascinate that have not been revealed on the other variants, though: support for numerous video codecs, including DivX, and DLNA support, which allows wireless sharing between other DLNA-supported devices like HDTVs and gaming consoles.

The fifth-largest mobile provider (and most often-overlooked), U.S. Cellular will be receiving a version of the Galaxy S as well.

Availability and pricing of Verizon, Sprint, and U.S. Cellular's handsets has not been announced.

And while Froyo will be coming to the Galaxy S handsets at one point or another, MyDroidWorldhas leaked an official test build for Motorola DROID users that includes root access and a customized kernel.

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RE: Useful cheat sheet
By aegisofrime on 6/30/2010 10:46:29 AM , Rating: 3
Samsung phones usually have exemplary hardware, but it's their software that really lets them down. I should know, having used an Omnia II and getting rid of that after a month. That very phone drove me to get an iPhone 3GS. Before you guys rate me down, that was when the best Android phone was the HTC Hero. I tried the Hero in the shop and wasn't too impressed with it.

Additionally, Samsung's long term support is supposed to be horrid. Users of the Omnia HD will tell you about how huge bugs in the software remain unfixed to this day. In fact for Samsung's WinMO phones it's customary to use cooked ROMs.

Honestly, take a look at the list of phones Samsung produce and it's easy to see why their long term support is atrocious. They have a huge amount of phones, probably too much to support. And with a platform like Android you want a reliable manufacturer that you can trust to provide upgrades to the latest and greatest Android.

In conclusion, the Galaxy S looks to be the best on paper . However the user interface and long term software support should be taken into account, and in this department Samsung is less reliable.

RE: Useful cheat sheet
By theapparition on 6/30/2010 12:15:07 PM , Rating: 3
Second that.

Samsung's track record with hardware and software fixes, as well as OTA updates has been beyond poor. Check out any droid forum and the universal advice is to stay away from Samsung until they get thier quality up and support fixed.

RE: Useful cheat sheet
By carniver on 6/30/2010 12:47:14 PM , Rating: 2
I have no idea why Samsung is getting free coverage on DT. Their phones are nice on paper (as in hardware specs) but crap in reality (bugs on even the most basic features, zero updates). One should look to HTC or even Apple, but NEVER Samsung for a phone. I've given up wanting firmwares from Samsung on my Galaxy vanilla, because they just don't care about supporting customers who already paid for a product. As for those who still insist on getting this Galaxy S, I wish you good luck. You'll get Froyo eventually, since they said it. But it'll come buggy, and they won't fix it before they release their next phone; and once they do that, they say your phone is obsolete and so no more updates!

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