Vodafone Blocks Samsung’s Update Efforts on Galaxy S [Updated]
Proud owner of the Samsung Galaxy S and on Vodafone’s network? Well, if you are, you should wait before installing the Samsung-prepped Galaxy S firmware update as carrier Vodafone says that the latest update will invalidate your warranty. The good news is that if you had disregarded your carrier’s warning, your warranty with Samsung would still be intact.
From the looks of things, it seems that Samsung may have jumped the gun a little bit with their Android 2.1 update, which brings with it a number of bug fixes and stability improvements to the Galaxy S smartphone. The manufacturer probably has not obtained Vodafone’s approval or carrier certification yet, resulting in the following terse message from Vodafone: “any firmware that hasn’t been released by us does invalidate the warranty directly with Vodafone.”
The Galaxy S smartphone represents Samsung’s aggressive push into the smartphone space, utilizing high-end components such as a fast 1 GHz Hummingbird ARM-based CPU, Super AMOLED screen, and aggressive worldwide push, securing placements in different variants on all four major US carriers. The Galaxy S will also be receiving an update to Android 2.2 Froyo build in the future, which will bring support for Adobe’s Flash 10.1 plugin support.
Update: According to Vodafone UK, the update will not void your warranty. Glad the issue has been clarified and the confusion is due to the fact that the JM1 update in question originated from Samsung rather than from Vodafone.