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Image of Vibrant 4G Leaked Showing Android 2.3 Gingerbread



A leaked image of the Samsung 4G for T-Mobile USA’s 4G HSPA+ network was revealed and the picture shows that the Vibrant 4G may skip Android 2.2 Froyo in favor of the newer and more current Android 2.3 operating system, also referred to as Gingerbread.

While the original Vibrant, a Galaxy S series smartphone, was released with Android 2.1 with Samsung’s proprietary TouchWiz user interface on top of Google’s mobile OS, that device is said to still be awaiting a software update to Android 2.2. Speculations on the Internet have it that Samsung is withholding the Android 2.2 update for the original Vibrant in favor of trying to push more of the updated Vibrant 4G hardware out the door with what was believed to be an Android 2.2-based Vibrant 4G.

With this latest leaked image from BGR, that may not be the case and could potentially suggest that the Vibrant’s Android 2.2 firmware update with TouchWiz integration is still undergoing testing at either Sasmung or T-Mobile. Sources tell BGR that the Vibrant 4G has an unlocked screen that is reminiscent of Gingerbread’s. The early device is said to be devoid of Samsung’s TouchWiz UI at this time, though Samsung may add it in later for launch, which is slated for February 9.



  1. GoodThings2Life

    01/18/2011 at 3:09 pm

    Yeah, why update their existing phones to Froyo or Gingerbread when they can force people to buy new phones to get the updates? Good job, Samsung…

    Sad part is, I generally like the company and their products, but their phone updates cycle is awful.

    • Otis Jay

      01/18/2011 at 4:02 pm

      just root it…

  2. Guest

    01/18/2011 at 3:46 pm

    I suspect this phone has been rooted and had Gingerbread installed. There’s hundreds of websites that offer Gingerbread Beta as a download to flash onto your android (and blackberry/windows) phones along with MODs of previous android systems like 2.1 or 2.2, it’s not that difficult to do with the proper know-how.

  3. Lupsonpasteur

    01/18/2011 at 6:49 pm

    I would not buy another Samsung phone I own the epic software update is so behind!!!! Nexus S is the same as the epic that is running 2.3!!!!lmao

  4. idq

    01/19/2011 at 12:28 am

    Just flashed a custom 2.2 rom 2 days a go after waiting for 5 months and so far I am very much happy with it and Its faster than android 2.2 update that samsung released on the international versions. Last samsung product I am buying

  5. Mr Dingo

    01/19/2011 at 7:59 pm

    the issue is TouchWiz isn’t playing nicely. They should release it without it and be done.

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