Samsung Behold II will only receive Android 1.6, users may sueAlex Wagner - Editorial Director of News and Content
There are several Android handsets that have been released in the past that came out with Android 1.5, and the expectation has always been that the device would be upgraded to a more recent, feature-rich version of the OS. While that is usually the case, it doesn't seem to be that way for the Samsung Behold II. The Behold II was released with Android 1.5 with the promise of being upgraded to Android 2.0 in the future, but now it looks like Samsung has scrapped those plans. Owners of the device have put together a petition online urging Samsung to either update the device, provide a replacement Android 2.0 handset, or give out refunds. If Samsung doesn't comply with those demands, users say that "legal action will be taken."
Samsung issued an official response on the situation this morning, stating that they plan to bring Android 1.6 to the Behold II and nothing higher. The update will include Swype, Google Maps Navigation, an improved media player, and a few other goodies, but it is certainly no Android 2.0. Samsung went on to say that "the Behold II is not upgradeable beyond Android 1.6," which sounds like it may just be a case of Samsung not wanting to put the resources into an upgrade. I suppose at least Samsung was nice enough to be straight with us rather than lying about an upgrade that was never going to come. How do you Behold II users feel about this situation? Are you planning on picking up a new device? Share your thoughts with us!