Samsung committed to upgrading the Behold II to Android 2.0. Now the company says it will only upgrade the phone to Android 1.6. Users are responding by preparing a class action lawsuit.
Earlier today a protest started with petitions and promises of forming a lawsuit if Samsung does not make good on its commitment.
Late today, Samsung posted a comment stating that they will upgrade the device to Android 1.6, but not 2.0 or higher. The company noted that this will deliver missing features such as Google Maps Navigation. However, it may be cold comfort for those that were promised the bug fixes and performance improvements that Android 2.0 delivers.
Samsung has not explained why the Behold II is not upgradable to Android 2.0. Even the T-Mobile G1, the first Android device to be launched in the United States, has been upgraded to Android 2.1. Google has gone on-record stating only that the G1 cannot be upgraded to Android 2.2, leaving it doubtable that Samsung is technically correct in their latest statement.
T-Mobile, the carrier for the Behold II in the United States, has not commented on the situation.