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Samsung Behold II gets first and only software update

An over-the-air update started rolling out to Behold II owners this week, finally moving beyond Android 1.5. Sadly, 1.6 is the highest version Samsung will support.

Samsung Behold II
Samsung Behold II

After months of waiting, the Samsung Behold II is finally leaving Android 1.5 Cupcake behind. Unfortunately, however, this update only takes the phone as far as 1.6 Donut. And that's all it's going to get. Yes, you read that right.

Though most Android owners are concerned about 2.1 Eclair and even 2.2 Froyo, this T-Mobile handset is only now seeing last year's Donut. Samsung's official statement on the phone is that it is "not upgradable" beyond 1.6 likely because of unforeseen growth in the platform.

Like the original G1 from HTC, Samsung probably didn't expect to see Android take off as quickly as it has so far. Fortunately, the new Galaxy S series of handsets have been designed with considerable heft and room for growth.

It's not all doom and gloom for the handset, however, as T-Mobile is adding a few extras to this update. Standard Android 1.6 features like Google Maps Navigation and the Quick Search Box are joined by a redesigned media player and the popular Swype keyboard.

According to TmoNews, this roll-out began earlier this week and is expected to finish on June 25. For more information, be sure to read the T-Mobile forum thread dedicated to the update.