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Lawsuit for Withholding Froyo 2.2 Update!

Written by HeavenlyAndroid   
Sunday, 16 January 2011 14:07

Seems like the sparks are about to fly as an XDA Developers forum member has filed a class action lawsuit concerning Froyo 2.2. And before you say the words 'HTC' to yourself, this lawsuit involves the carrier T-Mobile and Samsung.

Filed on Thursday 13th January, the lawsuit involves the Samsung Vibrant, a T-Mobile/Samsung collaboration released exclusively in America last July. The plaintiff accuses T-Mobile and Samsung of breaching the Uniform Deceptive Trade Practices Act. The phone was expected to be released with Froyo 2.2 installed but instead came with Eclair 2.1. The accuser claims that the above parties have willfully chosen to withheld the update and are holding out for their next phone, namely Vibrant 4G+, to have Froyo 2.2 instead.

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A GPS fix was offered to all Vibrant customers in an over the air update to try and appease the situation although this proved to be unstable. Although American customers have been left hanging, Canada, Europe and elsewhere have been quicker to receive this update. 

Samsung and T-Mobile have been slow to respond, and have echoed the exact same reasons for stalling with the Froyo 2.2 update that HTC had stated only weeks before when much of HTC Wildfire's customers were in the same situation as Vibrant customers:

Samsung Mobile does not comment on rumors or speculation. With

regard to the Froyo update, we recently issued the following

statement: "Samsung feels it is important to make the Android

2.2/Froyo upgrade available only after we feel that we can give the

millions of U.S. Galaxy S owners a simple and reliable upgrade

experience. Due to the complexity and unique functionality of

each Galaxy S device, we are performing additional testing and are

working to make the Android 2.2/Froyo upgrade available to all U.S.

Galaxy S owners, including the Samsung Vibrant, as soon as

possible."

In the meantime Vibrant is missing lots of features and is glitchy and buggy due to Eclair 2.1. Samsung has also been blamed for the delay due to their insistance on a user interface that makes upgrades more tricky.

Whatever chance the complainant has of winning this case against two giant companies, however slim, it is still a brave step and could help towards finally halting the fragmentation of the whole android arena.

What are your thoughts on this issue? Do you think the complainant stands a chance of winning this case? If you are still waiting for Froyo 2.2 on your HTC Wildfire (Austrailia, Brazil etc) and you had the cash would you consider a monumental battle such as this? Are you still waiting for this update? Let us know! The jury is out.

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 04 December 2011 14:54 )
 

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