Samsung Pulls an HTC, Cancels Jelly Bean Update?
While HTC’s software reputation is up for debate thanks to several blunders in the past, Samsung’s has remained relatively good thanks to timely updates and promises that have been fulfilled. It appears though that Samsung may have taken a page out of HTC’s update book and canceled the promised Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update.
In the past, we’ve seen Android updates get delayed or in some instances, get outright canceled, even after a company promised that it would be updating the device with the software. And many times, the company behind those issues has been HTC, a company that despite claims of having “one of the strongest reputations in the industry for updates to its users,” simply has failed its users when it came time to update.
Two great examples of this are the canceled HTC Desire HD Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update and the Droid Incredible 2 Jelly Bean update that was promised by the end of June and which has yet to roll out, or be canceled. Those two instances left HTC users frustrated with the company and likely caused many to turn their backs on devices like the HTC One.
Samsung on the other hand has developed a solid reputation when it comes to Android updates. The company was one of the first to roll out Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and it was one of the first to deliver Android 4.2 Jelly Bean which came with the Galaxy S4. However, it looks like its reputation may take a bit of a hit as it appears that the company may have shut down a scheduled Jelly Bean update for a mid-range device.
Way back when, Samsung promised an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the Samsung Galaxy Mini 2, a cheap device with some low-end hardware specifications.
@edd124_ Hola, la actualización del Galaxy mini 2 no va a realizarse porque no podemos asegurar la mejor experiencia de uso. Un saludo
— SamsungMobile España (@SamsungMobileES) June 6, 2013
However, thanks to a tweet from Samsung Spain that was discovered by SmartFan, it appears that the software update may have been canceled due to issues with the overall user experience. This isn’t set in stone, as the regional arms of company’s can sometimes be wrong, but from the looks of things, the update is in some trouble. At the very least, it still hasn’t rolled out, months after Samsung promised it.
It’s also possible that other regions outside Spain will get the update but that seems unlikely.
At this point, it’s looking more like Samsung may have pulled a page out of HTC’s book though we hope, for Samsung’s sake, that this doesn’t start to become a trend, particularly with Android 4.2.