Buy an unpopular phone, don't expect update support
Even though Samsung's Galaxy Beam has the hardware capabilities to run Android 2.2, it won't receive the update because the user base is too small.
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It's an unfortunate sign that shows just how difficult it is to actually roll out the update to a specific phone. The Galaxy Beam was only ever launched in Singapore and didn't really get too much attention.
The "customer base is too small to justify for the allocation of dedicated resources at HQ," said Samsung, confirming the device wouldn't get an Android 2.2 update. It launched with Android 2.1 pre-installed.
As such, it's widely believed the electronics company has stopped production of the device.
Although it doesn't affect Android customers in larger markets like the US and Europe, it goes to show that Android updates aren't a guarantee. It makes us wonder how many legacy phones in the US could be updated to Android 2.2 but aren't because it's not worth it.
So far, actually, no Samsung phone has been upgraded to Android 2.2. However, the company has promised that all of its Galaxy S devices will get the update at some point. Hopefully.
Via Unwired View