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HTC EVO 4G and DROID Incredible: Android 2.2 Froyo Delay

We recently learned that the Nexus One is to get an upgrade to Android 2.2 Froyo, much sooner than other Android smartphones. A number of our readers wondered why Google were upgrading a handset that the likes of Verizon and Sprint are dropping in favor of the HTC Droid Incredible and the HTC EVO 4G respectively?

Google do have a good reason, one that you may not like. It seems that upgrading the OS on other Android handsets is because of their custom HTC Sense UI interface. The Nexus One has the advantage of being totally designed from the ground up by Google so upgrading its Android mobile operating system is a much simpler task.

We have heard that Android 2.2 Froyo will make Nexus One 5x faster. This is certainly great news for owners of this failing handset, but owners of the Incredible and those considering purchasing the EVO 4G – released on June 4 will wonder how long they have to wait for the faster and smoother Android 2.2 Froyo?

The reason why Sprint and Verizon have dropped the Nexus One is a simple one, the handset has had a number of issues with 3G connectivity – something that Google said they are unable to fix.

Will you still purchase a Nexus One for Android 2.2 Froyo, or wait until it becomes available on either the HTC EVO 4g or DROID Incredible?


  • Dean

    What would happen If you ran the Froyo 2.2 update on the Incredible? Would it mess it up?

  • maestrojed

    This is the dilemma I am facing. I wish there would be an official word from HTC on their plans with 2.2. Being that the early HTC Hero just got the 1.5->2.1 upgrade I am scared. That is a really long time. If there was resolution to this question I would buy an EVO on June 4th.

  • pax

    Peter must be very stupid. in UK, Nexus 1 was sold out in 6 hours when introduced by O2. Lack of enough sales of this device should be blamed on Google's ego to want to go it alone in selling it online. I have had the N1 since day 2 when Google starting selling it online, and love it. Please and Please THINK…you hear THINK before you make such stupid comments.

  • John

    peter doesn't know what he's talking about

  • joe

    lol do you know what you're talking about peter?

  • Brad

    @Peter You're a fool, you should stop reading the BS and check things out for yourself. I have had a Nexus One since launch, it's an absolutely amazing phone! The 3G issue was an exception, not the rule, and was specific to the 2.0 code, not the device. What LOP2012 said is correct, Verizon and Sprint are bypassing the N1 because they have other comparable devices that they can support and control themselves, it's business! Why carry the N1 and the Incredible when they are the same phone plus 3MP's on the camera? And Google wins either way.

    As for the delay for the Incredible & Evo, its simply timing and integration. The N1 is the Android 2.x test phone, as was the G1 for 1.x, the builds are written, tested and verified on these devices, any other device has some modifications in spec and interface, so the carrier and manufacturer has to integrate the build to their specifications.

    As an incredibly satisfied owner of an N1, I'm looking forward to the end of next week.

  • Ken

    I will wait impatiently for the day when my Incredible becomes more so.

  • any

    failing handset? are you serious? This phone is still one of the best phones on the market right now. It is a world phone,because of GSM, and its got a great OS. The sense UI is very flashy and thats it.

    • lee1992

      great performance doesn't necessarily equate to an effective device. in the performance aspect it is an incredible phone and i myself was disappointed that it isn't coming to verizon but in the marketing and sales aspect it is failing. it was once expected to sell over three million devices within a year but now expected to sell right at a million. it was dropped my the nations largest carrier verizon and sprint and is only available with a relatively poor service provider in t- mobile. unfortunately the device, even with all of its great features and performance, is a flop.

    • zig

      Guess you haven't used sense UI. If you had you'd know it adds great exchange support, social networking integration with address books and a ton of other very useful features that make having 2.1 sense ui more useful than 2.2 froyo. I wouldn't give up sense ui if you offered me stock froyo right now.

      Sorry but HTC Sense is a heck of a lot more than just flashy looking.

  • loveispeace2012

    The reason why sprint and verizon dropped the nexus one was because they have the evo 4g (sprint) and the htc droid incredible(verizon) which are essentially the same phones with some different features here and there, not because of 3g issues.
    Quit spreading lies..


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