You may recall a few months back when every tech blog out there, every US Galaxy S owner, and I were relentlessly giving Samsung a brutal lashing. They made several hollow promises of the Froyo update before the end of 2010 and even into 2011. The Froyo rollout didn't end until just under a month ago, in April, when Verizon's Froyo update was received by users on April 20th.

This drawn out Froyo debacle made many question Samsung's priorities in getting firmware updates out to customers. It also made us dread the rollout of the next version of Android, Gingerbread, as it took them an entire year to successfully upgrade all Galaxy handsets to Froyo. However, it appears as if Sammy may have learned its lesson after all and is fighting hard to show us just that.

We are now midway through May and there is a rumor that the original Galaxy S owners (specifically in the U.K. And gradually branching out) will begin to receive their Gingerbread updates “soon.” Take that for what you may, but if they hold to this promise – I'm not holding my breath – they will be the first manufacturer to upgrade their (custom skinned) handsets to the new platform and it would speak volumes for the company's dedication to making customers happy.

That said, Google has mentioned several times and expressed with great intent that they will be putting their foot down and making manufacturers bring updates in a much more timely manner. This speedy update could certainly be due to a gentle nudge by Google. But based on what I'm seeing from the company, I'm prone to believe that this is a shot at redemption rather than a practice of obedience.

Not only does it seem as if Samsung has finally taken their firmware off the back burner, but their second generation Galaxy S line is earning lot of attention as well. Samsung's original Galaxy S line arguably fell short in the vicious market last year, bowing to the much glorified EVO 4G, Motorola Droid X, and many other flagship devices, as did their Galaxy Tab. They were definitely great devices and held their own, but they lacked the sheer power others had.

But I don't see that happening with their new line. Aaron "Hairon" Baker received his Galaxy S II in the mail today and had a few things to say about it on Twitter like, “Galaxy S II is scary fast for an Android phone.” And IntoMobile's Black Stimac titled his review of the Galaxy S II as the question, “Samsung Galaxy S II – The new king of Android?” Stimac also posted some stock quadrant scores that reached an astounding 3580. Their upcoming tablets are getting all sorts of positive feedback, too.

Who knows, maybe Samsung is making a turnaround: fast updates, better phones, and better performance. What do you guys and gals think? Is this Samsung saying, "We're sorry. Really, really sorry." Or is this just evidence of Google getting their hands a little dirty?

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Frank Valle
Frank Valle They better make the dam update happen OTA not wit Samsung mini kies and soon cuz if the update doesn't come out before June 8th I'm kissing my Samsung vibrant goodbye and getting the HTC sensation
Tham Ye Yang
Tham Ye Yang HI just wondering... How is it that Jon Q the guy that does weekly bone is listed as Video Reporter in both Technobuffalo and Phonedog's site? Is he working for 2 companies???
Gainaako Munyal
Gainaako Munyal Not too confident about the samsung fascinate getting it.
Eric Kroh
Eric Kroh does Samsung HAVE TO copy iphones ideas..samsung SII looks like an iphones especially that 1 home button...icon layout...but all cheap plastic..ugh!
Evans Choon Hock
Evans Choon Hock What about the gingerbread update for Galaxy Ace? Not coming? :(
Douglas Prevo
Douglas Prevo Guess we shall see when the updates finally go out
Dae Hwan Kim
Dae Hwan Kim i get a bad feeling samsung owners will see gingerbread eventually, and never see the next update, hope im wrong though
Jim Bledsoe
Jim Bledsoe Also...the good folks here at Phonedog sold me on this Phone. Glad they did! But it was the HYPE & comparison reviews that sold me. Does that not make PhoneDog an accessory? Not complaining. Just commenting.
Zach Cline
Zach Cline Samsung owners might get gingerbread next year lol.
Josh Lazenby
Josh Lazenby One can only hope they are getting better with their software.
Darryl Mouzone
Darryl Mouzone Yeah, sure this is going to happen. If you believe this then I guess you believe the world is ending on May 21st too. Suckers.
Christopher McKenna
Christopher McKenna Kinda sounds like what happened to the Samsung Moment owners. We fell for the specs of a new bold device @ the time.... and that is always going to be known as one of the biggest Samsung blunders. I am fortunate enough to have found my way back to HTC and I couldn't be happier to have left it behind.
Tonio Johnson
Tonio Johnson Ill believe that when I get a OTA update to gingerbread from sprint for my epic. Until then, I won't believe it.
Anthony Bui
Anthony Bui Lol apples and oranges...
Jim Bledsoe
Jim Bledsoe My Samsung Galaxy S works mostly as advertised. It may not have all the promised updates but so what? How many times have you gotten a toaster upgrade from the manufacturer?
Patrick Do
Patrick Do I think Motorola does since it lied to us.
Luis Robles Figueroa
Luis Robles Figueroa I noticed is going all phone. Am I right from what I have been reading. Lets see the outcome.
Mike Jackson
Mike Jackson They could try to make amends by paying me back the money I wasted on the vibrant I had!
Jones Robert
Jones Robert ...S@MSUNG has the BEST SCREENS in the BUISNESS.
Jones Robert
Gabriel Fernandez
Gabriel Fernandez Obviously.
Anonymous I believe it.
Darrion Smith
Darrion Smith Sensation All The Way Homie
Johnson Jacob
Johnson Jacob The Samsung Android Phones were ones I recommended when I got my Droid X in October, after Motorola and HTC, but I will never buy or recommend another Samsung product, period, unless their technology is incorporated in another product, brand, device, etc. I already plan, or will plan to get, with or without their contribution or part. But not if I had my choice. It's like a two timer romancing new loves and trying to make their wife forget about the past... SamSung Report Card Grade- F or EFF.... Epic Fail Forever...
Noe Zuniga
Noe Zuniga Waiting on da sensation!!! 4g 2.3.3
Bernard M. J. Lambert
Bernard M. J. Lambert 2.3 is so last year!
Jeff Alamillo
Jeff Alamillo Yes please!!
Daniel Rodriguez
Daniel Rodriguez i cant wait to have this on my galaxu s
Marti Ruiz
Marti Ruiz i dont know men
Victor Rios
Victor Rios Hope so we deserve it!

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