Andoid 2.2 FroYo Update for Sense UI Smartphones: Expected at Christmas

 

By Posted 12 Jul 2010, 12:43

HTC have released a fair few Android smartphones already this year, therefore there are thousands if not millions of end users out there awaiting the release of an update to Android 2.2 FroYo.

Well, we have some good news and bad news for you, the good news is that an update is coming, the bad news is that according to HTC’s global PR and online community manager says that their Sense UI smartphones won’t get the update until Christmas this year.

Also See: Nexus 9 joins new HTC Android tablet lineup

At the moment it is unclear which handsets will definitely be receiving the update, I think it is safe to say that the HTC EVO 4G, the HTC Incredible (Droid Incredible) will receive the update, and I would be shocked if the HTC Wildfire, Desire and Legend go wtihout.

To be honest I prefer it when manufacturers and developers take time with their update, let’s face it, it is better to release a thoroughly tried and tested version, rather than push out a sub-standard and buggy release.

The Nexus One has proven that FroYo is well-worth installing, however I will be a distant dream for HTC smartphone owners for quite some time. Are you annoyed with the delay?

Source: IntoMobile

  • Dave

    I have just come off the phone to HTC Europe, as I am getting frustrated with the rumours circulating about the 2.2 FROYO update and I am as keen as every other HTC handset owners to now when and what is going on.

    Well I have just been told by technical support that HTC are still undertaking further tests, and that it is unclear as to weather or not that the update is actually going to be relaesed at all, due to stability issues. If this is the case then Apple are well and truely going to stay ahead in the smartphone wars, and I am unimpressed.

  • Jon

    I agree. I wanted to avoid Iphone due to its horizonal and vertical monopolistic positioning and bought an HTC Desire. But aced with frequent and delayed Android updates, I will upgrade to Iphone4 next time. What a wasted oppotunity Android / HTC!

  • http://www.innohead.com Innohead

    I am happy with my HTC Desire and will not switch back to Iphone. However, one could imagine a future where Android handset developers did less customization so that new version updates could propagate quicker.

    • http://www.radiotrainwreck.com/ Michael Vandeven

      supposedly, android 3.0 is going to "push manufacturers away" from using proprietary UI layers, thus resolving this issue.

  • DarrenUK

    I think HTC Europe don't really know what's going on and that's the problem with Android. Google have little control over these manufacturers.

    Google should make them offer an easy way to update to a vanilla version of Android and then when HTC finally get there act together we can use their version. Hopefully with Android 3.0 things will change.

    Right now I'm watching Samsung and Motorola. If they bring out updates faster then I'm jumping ship. HTC need to be taken over by a real phone manufacturer, come on Nokia!

    • Pac

      Forget Samsung!

      They may drop support at a whim – just watch the Galaxy I7500, which they just left behind :(

  • MikeP

    HTC have confirmed the Desire and Legend to be upgraded to Froyo during Q3. This article is crap.
    For some reason the author seems to believe that only US phones should get an upgrade. There are far more HTC Desires out there than Droid Incredibles. Get with it…

    Incidently at least HTC phones can make phone calls.
    Not sure how much Apple paid you to spout this shite but there is no reason to rail against HTC. You don't buy a phone with an entitlement to an OS upgrade. Go and ask Microsoft for a free copy of Windows 7 and see how hard they laugh.

    If you weren't happy with the device you shouldn't have bought it. If you were happy then SHUT THE F**K UP UNTIL THE OS UPDATE IS RELEASED.
    AND NO THE CHANCES ARE YOU WON'T EVER GET GINGERBREAD.

    There was that clear enough for you?

  • Pedro

    What annoys me is not really the wait but rather that HTC sense UI and Android are not coordinated enough. This means my phone (d-inc) is dependent (unlike other non-sense UI phones) on 2 main entities: the OS and the skin that goes with it. Does that means every time my OS gets upgraded i have to wait 6 or more months to actually have it on my phone? What if before Christmas Google comes up with Android 3.0 already then before i get the 2.2 version of the OS the 3.0 is already out. I guess that’s the price one pays for an nice interface … I wish the “nice interface” was part of the OS itself.

  • pog

    wow! the war is upgraded!

  • actonman

    I have a desire in the UK. I think the 2.2 update would be nice, a friend has it on his desire already. It was officially released yesterday!!!

    Only joking, he rooted his phone and installed it by himself, improved battery time too.

    I am the happiest guy in the world owning a HTC. I HATE apple. I HATE what apple do to the market. AND…. I HATE people that think apple are good for selling a "new" phone that doesnt make calls properly and users are "encouraged" to buy a "bumper". WTF is a bumper and since when were they required on phones?!?!?! MENTAL apple idiots.

  • http://enlightmusic.biz Enlight

    I’m not upset although it would be great to have a stable 2.2 on my Droid Incredible.

    I am more concerned with Gingerbread. If updating to 2.2 takes this long will we even receive Gingerbread at all?

    • MikeP

      Read what I wrote before. The chances of you ever seeing Gingerbread on your device are minimal.
      Gingerbread is supposed to bring a nicer UI to Android. In which case you might as well root the phone and make the most of it. Either that or take the apple fanboy attitude and upgrade like they would. Personally I buy my phones SIM free and upgrade when I fancy it as I don't have a contract. As long as I am happy with my phone I own't be upgrading.

  • usear

    HTC desire is cooooooool with or without the 2.2 upgrade :-)

  • Brian

    Quit the whining and boo hooing people. Your phone…and mine are just fine the way they are. The update will arrive when it arrives. No amount of crying and complaining will make it come any faster. Acting like little kids!!!

  • Dustin

    The tribe has spoken, HTC, we need Froyo now!

    “Google should make them offer an easy way to update to a vanilla version of Android and then when HTC finally get there act together we can use their version.”

    This is the smartest idea I’ve heard thus far.

    I’ve seen the comparison between 2.1 and 2.2. Before the update the Droid Incredible is pumping out 6-7 mflops (which we will say represent speed/power on the phone). The same phone running 2.2 (without Sense) recorded 39 mflops. That’s just the performance increase, not mentioning (droid incredible only) the sweet new HD 720p recorder, mobile hotspot, and wireless n capabilities, plus whatever else they will make available for 2.2 before the actual HTC Froyo release.

    As for me, my Incredible is rooted and waiting for a stable, tested version of 2.2. I will definitely upgrade back to the Sense version again once they finally decide to drop it, but right now I want performance.

    Doesn’t look like Motorola has had a big problem getting it on their devices–just sayin’

    • petehix

      Motorola doesn't have as pretty an interface as HTC though ;)
      But that's just my personal opinion.
      Because HTC customised Android more than Motorola (I think), they have to do more work to optimise their UI for the next update.

    • MikeP

      Name 2 Motorola devices with Froyo and Motoblur – you can't Motorola haven't released the update yet.

      WiFi n required the hardware – most phones don't have so I don't care.

      As for making it easier to root and put vanilla Android on, I've mentioned this many times before on other forums but it leaves you with driver problems.

  • Solamar

    I hate people who write incomplete/badly formed sentences and over use caps.

  • petehix

    “However, one could imagine a future where Android handset developers did less customization so that new version updates could propagate quicker.”

    I really that future isn’t any time soon. The whole point about Android is for it to be customised for ANY phone! Not even just phones; also tablets, laptops, mp3 players etc. I’ve even read of a future Android TV on wikipedia!

    As for getting new version updates, I think a change of mindset is needed. Just try and think of some way to make it seem less of a wait for an update. HTC sense is BEAUTIFUL compared to stock Android. It’s definitely worth the wait to get 2.2 to have Sense. I’m still on Android 1.6 on my G1, and have to wait till August before I can upgrade just my phone! (to a Desire, of course) Imagine how I feel ;)

    Also: I’ve heard on the HTC UK Facebook group (from the group owner) that 2.2 is coming to the Legend, Desire and Wildfire (presumably) all at the same time, sometime between July and September. I’m guessing that it’s uncertain when because each phone has to be optimised differently (as they have different resolutions and internals)

    • MikeP

      Just because Google will improve Android so handset manufactures don't NEED to do as much customization doesn't meant hey won't. HTC won't leave Sense behind.
      I hope that Gingerbread brings a much slicker UI to Android and that Google can take most of the programs included with Android onto the market. That way even an older version of Android (In the future) will be able to get app upgrades for all the core apps.

      The fact that people don't need to make the UI nicer doesn't mean they won't. Also if HTC only need to make half the current improvements that means quicker updates for us.

  • Jake

    I cannot believe how HTC are just sitting on their arses and not pushing out this update. I am getting really fed up with 2.1. It is now in the state where i have to remove all my apps from the phone just to function. This is a real pain.

    That aside the 2.1 is still proving to have bugs. i.e. I have a colossal 15 megs of free space on the phone but for some reason the damn device is complaining of no space and of course where there is no space you cannot sync. any of your accounts which renders the phone USELESS. I watched on another link a user with and HTC Desire like mine that was running 2.2, admittedly it was in a foreign language (Spanish or something) but the phone was functioning with Sense UI. Why then are we still sitting here in the dark. Even as we speak i have 20 or so meg free and am unable to browse as all the apps are freezing up. (I know you have to terminate background services) My HTC Desire is not 3 months old and i am ready to GIVE it away. This is such a pitty as this is HTC’s flagship, the answer to all the other phone probs, and yet it is more in the dark than any other, might as well go back to a Nokia 5110.

    By the way the person above who basically said [Shut up and wait for the update] maybe you can answer me this. If my phone is not working properly and i am severely hampered in daily operations as a result, after spending money on this phone and time in putting on the right apps and now more time in having to delete apps almost daily, what is the solution. Do i sit here and do sweet bugger all about it and just prey that HTC find it in their minds to put together the update before the second coming or what?

    Indeed FroYo will be out of date but 3rd month of next year. 2.2 has been circulated and 3.0 is just around the corner. Android have very many problems that they are having to address in the form of COMPLETE ROM updates. For goodness sakes Sony Ericsson had the ability to move apps to the memory card on their hideous composite Java based OS a number of years ago ( at least 5 ) and now here we are mid 2010 crippled because the same feature is not available.

    Sadly i am wishing that i had got an iPhone instead too. This phone has far more features than the iPhone but what the iPhone lacks in features it more than makes up stability. Again this is a massive pitty because this phone boasts a 1 Gig processor and although i cannot find many Superb games (other than Raging thunder 2) for the phone that would allow me to make good use of the hardware. I was fully prepared to stay aboard the Google Android Ship but what am i to do.

    a) Install the app and lose all other functionality

    b) Dont install the app and wait patiently till i got old and scenile

    c) Get an iPhone

    You chose,

    P.S. HTC PLEASE wake up. Do you not have some one looking at these sort of posts and assisting in customer satisfaction???

    ‘Nuf Said

    • sissendz

      for the problem stated
      you can install the app killer from droid market it solved these kind of problemson my wildfire
      till I installed a mod version of royo but without sens ui
      if still unhappy I'll be happy to buy your phone from you
      chetouane_ahcene@hotmail.com

  • AnonGuy

    Just ordered an HTC phone, but after reading this thread I cancelled the order. I'll get an iPhone instead. Just as cheap (cheaper if I go for 3GS model). This sounds like Linux distro hell, but on a much more personal level (i.e. not something I can ignore and/or laugh at).

    Maybe in 2014 it won't be this ridiculous.