Samsung Behold II will get only Android 1.6

In an official statement, Samsung says that the Samsung Behold II will only be upgradeable to Android 1.6 and nothing beyond that, which is sure to make the phone's owners very unhappy.

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We've got some good news and bad news for Samsung Behold II owners. We'll start with the good first: you're getting an update to Android 1.6. The bad? You won't be getting anything beyond Android 1.6.

Samsung dropped the bomb late Thursday evening via its Twitter account, and its official statement reads:

Samsung Mobile and T-Mobile USA are planning to update the Behold II to Android 1.6 which provides access to Google Maps Navigation, Google Voice Search capability and quick search box for Android.

The update will also supply additional benefits including Swype, an improved Media Player, updated core Android applications, and improved Bluetooth capabilities. However, the Behold II is not upgradeable beyond Android 1.6.

We reached out to Samsung for comment as to why the smartphone will be limited to just the Donut flavor of Android, and a company representative said he would get back to us later today. However, we suspect it may have to do with Samsung's TouchWiz user interface, which sits on the Behold II, and trying to update it so it plays nice with all versions of Android.

Meanwhile, Behold II owners are quite upset, especially since Samsung promised an Android 2.x update in a promo video that has conveniently been taken down. Before Samsung released its official statement, some customers started a petition asking the company for either a refund, a replacement Android 2.x device, or the promised update, and if their needs weren't met, legal action would be taken.

Somehow I don't think most people are going to be satisfied with just the Android 1.6 update. Samsung Behold II owners, what are your thoughts?