It’s still unclear what, exactly, Samsung is up to over at XDA, but one thing at the very least is obvious. Samsung wants to hear from you! That is, if you want to say stuff they want to say! You can ask your questions over at the Communicate with Samsung page. As any good publicity manager does, though, Samsung has opted to screen your questions. From the page:
Example of good questions:
What’s the difference between Super AMOLED Plus and Super AMOLED?
Why did Samsung name its flagship phones “Galaxy S” … what is the significance of “S”?
What determines whether Samsung upgrades a phone to the next version of Android?
Examples of bad questions:
Where is my Froyo update?
What is the release date for the Galaxy S II in the US?
Why does Samsung have great/horrible customer service?
So, to summarize: if you would like an answer about the most burning question you have about your Galaxy S phone, can it. If you are eager to buy any of Samsung’s products and would like information about when you can get them, you can stuff it. If you are frustrated by Samsung’s customer service, this is not the venue to complain. This is, instead, the place to ask questions about topics that a Google search can answer faster. This is the place to ask questions few people care to know the answer to.
Perhaps Samsung is up to something a little more elaborate than a glorified Q&A with the most elite members of the development community that have managed to bring the newest, most innovative features of Android, both from within Google and from without, to Samsung’s devices faster than Samsung themselves can. We’ll be keeping a close eye on it to see what happens. Until then, if you’d like to go ask your approved questions of Samsung, have at it over at XDA.
It doesn’t mean much of anything right now, but if you’ve ever rooted your phone, chances are you’ve been to XDA. And even if you haven’t, you still have reasons to pay attention to the things those folks develop. And now you have one more. A user going by the name of SamsungJohn, who sources say does, in fact, work for Samsung, has been dropping hints that the owners of XDA and Samsung have been in talks recently.
About what is anyone’s guess at this point. It wouldn’t be the first time a major corporation worked with the community. And any time the major players in the market get along with the major players in the developer community, it’s good for everyone.
We hear that there’s an announcement coming “soon” from the heads of XDA. When that happens, rest assured Autistic Disdain will be right there, ready and willing to make fun of the new deal/partnership/project/grudge match/showdown/LAN party/date night as it develops.
Hey, maybe Samsung will even ask XDA for advice on getting Froyo to their U.S. handsets while they’re at it.