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Samsung Galaxy S 2.3 Update in UK: “Temporarily suspended”

Samsung, who have a past record for issues with Android updates on their Galaxy S, have had to put their plans for the long-awaited Android Gingerbread (2.3) update on hold.

First revealed in Vodafone’s forums, and spotted by Engadget, they told their customers that: “Due to an issue with the Gingerbread update for the Samsung Galaxy S, its roll out has been temporarily suspended by Google.

“Unfortunately, this means the Vodafone variant is not currently available to download through KIES.”

Suspended by Google?

UPDATED: We contacted Google for comment, and a spokesperson told us that they have, “nothing to say beyond Vodafone’s statement.”

“As there are no known performance issues with the Vodafone variant of the device, we are working with Samsung to reinstate the roll out as soon as possible. We know this is frustrating for those Vodafone customers who have not yet been able to update their device and are working hard to address the matter with Samsung.”, continued Vodafone.

The update will bring the Galaxy S in line with Google’s own Nexus S- whose hardware was made by Sammy. The ability to use only 2G networks has also be restored in the update, says Vodafone.

We’ve contacted Samsung for comment, and to check if there’s a new ETA for the troubled update, and we’re still waiting for their response

A Galaxy S still far, far, away?

Typically, Android updates are negotiated between phone networks and handset manufacturers, and this is the first time Google has been mentioned as the cause for an update delay.

A spokesperson for Orange has been in contact to tell Recombu tha they are, “currently working with Samsung to make the update available to Orange customers.”

We’re still waiting to hear from Three, T-Mobile and O2 on how this may affect their updates for the Galaxy S. More when we get it.

One source close to the matter told us that most networks will have similar problems with the update, which seems to point the finger at Samsung. We’ll update when we hear more.



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