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Samsung May Not Bring Gingerbread Out For The Galaxy S

One might have expected that the Galaxy S would get Gingerbread fairly fast given how close the popular Samsung is to the Nexus S hardware-wise.

However, when Pocket-lint (opens in new tab) asked a spokesperson for the Korean company, for a straight answer, it seems that the manufacturer itself wasn't sure whether it would actually bring the Android OS 2.3 to the Galaxy S.

The company said that “If [it] decides to make the Update available to the users after such consideration, [it] will use its efforts to develop such Update, which may be released to the users upon successful completion of such development”

So, not a clear "yes" or "no" but rather a very convoluted maybe. In be brutally hones though, free software upgrades (like going from Eclair to Gingerbread) are a pain in the backside for phone manufacturers since it doesn't bring them additional revenue and instead encourages users to stay with their old phones.

Furthermore, these free upgrades require loads of testing to ensure compatibility with existing handsets and reduce costs associated with support.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.