Samsung has just confirmed that Android 2.3.3 software update for several branded Galaxy S devices, such as Samsung Vibrant, Captivate and Fascinate 3G+ will be deployed “later this summer.”
The confirmation was tweeted by Samsung Canada and adds to the long list of Android smartphones available in Canada that are expected to receive the update in the following weeks:
“Great news for Galaxy S owners - Android 2.3.3 will be available for Vibrant, Captivate and Fascinate 3G+ later this summer!”
Although the initial list published by Bell included more phones, such as Motorola ATRIX, HTC Desire Z and Incredible S, as well as Samsung Galaxy Tab, it appears that Samsung decided to deploy Android 2.3.3 to most of the Galaxy S family smartphones.
Unfortunately, Samsung Fascinate 4G wasn't included on the said list and there are no details regarding any Android 2.3.3 upgrade in the future.
Even though the Korean handset manufacturer vaguely stated that the major upgrade will be available “later this summer,” the deployment of the software update shouldn't take more than 1 month.
Furthermore, there's a high chance that the update will be available via Samsung Kies desktop software and not OTA (over-the-air) as one would expect.
Android 2.3.3 is not the latest software update available for Google's mobile platform, which means that the Galaxy S devices will probably receive the next iteration of the operating system (Android 2.3.4) by the end of the year.
However, given Samsung's laziness in deploying firmware updates faster, most users of carrier-branded Galaxy S smartphones already rooted their devices to allow them to run unofficial Gingerbread ROMs.
Those who still run stock Android on their phones will have to wait a few more weeks to receive the highly-anticipated software update.
On related news, the Australian Galaxy S model is the most recent Galaxy S family smartphone to receive the Android 2.3.3 update.