HTC Says “Stop Freaking Out, Your Brand New Phone Will Get 2.2”



At least 5,000 people at today’s Google I/O keynote were just handed a brand-new, completely awesome, and as of today outdated HTC EVO 4G. www.sadtrombone.com. The 4G — as we all know — is coming to market with Android 2.1. Much like the HTC Droid Incredible just came out with Android 2.1. And the HTC Desire, the myTouch 3G Slide to name a few more. But fear not, AndroidCentral reached out to HTC who wants you to know that “if your phone was launched this year, we will most likely offer an upgrade for it to the Froyo version.” Most likely…now that’s reassuring.

“This includes popular models like the Desire and Droid Incredible as well as hotly anticipated phones like the Evo 4G, MyTouch slide and upcoming models. We will announce a full list of phones and dates once we are closer to launching the upgrades. We are working closely with Google and our other partners to ensure we have the earliest access to everything we need to provide a complete and solid Sense experience on Froyo. We expect to release all updates in the second half of this year but can’t be more specific yet.”

The second half the year in Android OS update time could easily translate to Q1 2011 for all we know, but given the disastrous history that has been the shift towards Android 2.1, we’d hope they figured out all the kinks to getting updates ready to go and keeping their word on release schedules. After all, the second half could be as early as a few weeks from now.

[AndroidCentral via MobileCrunch]

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  1. but when? like hero update?

  2. ahhhh darn and I was hoping for 2.2 to come to my Sprint Hero, I’ll probably get a new phone before that update comes lol

  3. Well I was right 6 months it is, I hope :(

  4. I dont know what all the fuss is about “outdated” phones and fragmentation.

    Existing phones will work just fine when new versions of Android are released, and the upgrades will be sent over the air when they’re fully tested and integrated.

    If you must have the latest software the minute its released you can always install a ROM yourself.

    going from 1.x to 2.x is a much bigger upgrade from 2.1 to 2.2, and the handset manufacturers will get early builds before the public to test so I’m sure the wait wont be too long for Froyo.

    Once Froyo is released then fragmentation and “outdated” phones will be a thing of the past.

  5. You’re?

  6. @Nick,

    Are you kidding? Even though numerically 2.1 to 2.2 is insignificant, the upgrade benefits are substantial (even groundbreaking as Phandroid has described).

  7. I personally don’t think it will take that long. maybe sense isnt as baked in anymore as it was in the passed. I mean we all saw the post that says you can disable sense on the evo which makes me think it’s an app add on instead of being baked in. Just my 2 cents

  8. “if your phone was launched this year, we will most likely offer an upgrade for it to the Froyo version.”

    Most likely? Really? How’s this. Open the bootloaders, let anyone who wants root get root. This way we can guarantee Android 2.2 shows yup anywhere it wants to. None of this most likely BS.

  9. Not reassuring at all….by the time Sprint and their Evo get the 2.2 update other carriers will have phones that are invisible and scratch your back for you.

  10. I just got my Incredible so I’m happy, but HTC needs to learn a lesson or two in corporate communication. “Most likely” is not a good starter to reassure your customers.

    Beyond that, I’m a little befuddled. Froyo wasn’t even made official yet and talk of Gingerbread coming out in Q4 of this year started to circulate. I think HTC and Motorola need to work a little closer with Google’s Android team to get the updates to their respective devices more smoothly. Either that, or slow down the updates and orchestrate their release so all get them at the same time.

  11. @Chris
    It may be substantial feature wise, but architecturally, the OS is changing much less from 2.1 to 2.2 than the change from 1.x to 2.x. That’s the change the manufacturers like HTC and Motorola have to deal with in updating Sense and Blur; even Google has said that this is going to be an easier transition for its partners.

  12. judging from the update to droid 2.1? Add 6 months for Motorola droid. HTC however it’s even hell slower. Just look at HTC hero. However Nexus One will be able to update first.

  13. Right….Froyo will be released for all HTC phones when Gingerbread is ready! HTC is busy making new phones than updating…once they made their money, they don’t have to care as much.

  14. As long as Sprint is getting an additional $30 per line for tethering, I wonder how long it will take Sprint to customize 2.2 for the EVO, oh, and remove free tethering from 2.2 while they are at it.

  15. That’s all well and good. But what about Nexus One users?

  16. The problem with just sticking a 2.2 ROM on is that we want Sense UI, at least I do. Josh – I don’t think Sense UI could be disabled, just hidden, and I’d be surprised if it’s not at least somewhat baked in for performance reasons.

    Still, I expect this will be a lot faster. They will surely have learnt a lot from the debacle with updating their 1.5 phones.

  17. And European Hero’s still stuck at 1.5.. might just as well buy a Nexus Two if one will be released (with a real touch-screen this time).

  18. Nice, by the time they update the hero to 2.1, it will already be out of date………

  19. Most likely? They’re really on top of this, aren’t they? What aren’t they sure about? Whether the phones will run it? Whether they’ll lose sales from people not getting HTC phones in future because they don’t want to be told 2 months into a 24 month contract that their hardware is not going to be updated. Way to let the side down, HTC.

  20. FYI, check youtube out. There is someone who has ported 2.2 onto the GSM hero already. Not sure what is working yet. Its also on the CDMA hero, but at the moment only internet is working, nothing else. So as usual screw sprint, the guys at xda will have it running long before they do.

  21. LOL, hilarious title! :)

  22. crap.
    i heard some rumors that it would be out for the desire this week. kinda dissapointed now.
    Doesn’t sound like it’s gonna come anytime soon, so i guess i have to root my desire.
    I’d hoped i wouldn’t have to do that.

  23. Has anyone realized that the mytouch slide is upside down in the picture

  24. Tweets are saying the android devs said the Google Ion will be getting Froyo, which, if they do, then I can rest easy knowing my MT3Gv1.0 will most definitely have it.

  25. keh… no date at all… you all are gonna be screwed much like we with the Hero.

  26. For the Hero lovers out there your Hero can run 2.2 so when the source hits you bet people will be compiling it.

    I’m patently waiting for my N1 to light up with an update notification!!

  27. @Khan lol, good eye. you’re right.

  28. My next phone is definitely going to be the Nexus 2. The Desire is absolutely fantastic,but i can’t wait 6 months for an update anymore.

  29. HTC and their update system is such a disappointment.
    They need 6+ months to release update?
    Thats really childish for such a big company.
    I can’t believe they can treat their customers like that.
    They should already work with Google in the last few weeks/months on providing update for their phones as soon as Froyo gets released.
    That is something a serious company would do.

  30. As a Hero owner, this just makes me laugh. I’ll believe it when I see it…

  31. What’s this, and I quote, “brand-new, completely awesome, and as of today outdated HTC EVO 4G” shit?

    Personally I think your an asshole KK!

    Froyo hasn’t been released on ANY Android phone nor will it be when the EVO 4G is released. Anyone buying anything at all, car, puter, flat screen TV, or your wife, mother, and sister are purchasing “OUTDATED” goods too!

    So get off your lame “blogging” ass & walk into oncoming traffic for our sake please.

  32. What a douche bag! It’s assholes like this that RUIN the name Phandroid! It’s an asshole like this that forces the rest of us to go somewhere else to get our daily Android fix.

  33. That EVO froyo looks so damn sexy

  34. I’m glad he said that the EVO 4G is outdated. It puts down the latest HTC phone, which HTC probably wont be real happy about, yet it’s true. The end result? Who knows, but it could make HTC want to put out an update a little quicker. No one wants their brand new product to be considered outdated right out the gate. It’s the media’s job to keep the pressure on and keep companies honest. GJ Phandroid.

  35. Oh, btw I’m not some “phandroid phanboi” btw. I do have my criticisms of them. Like the whole story they ran about some flaw with the Incredible that as of yet I’ve been unable to reproduce with mine. Might have been a bad batch or something. Either way, the article probably scared off a few people who were considering getting the phone. If there was a bad batch though, I guess HTC should be held accountable, but how do you do that without scaring off the masses from the phone all together? I have no idea.

  36. I’ll believe it when I see it. I don’t expect my Incredible to get a 2.2 update this year. VZW is known for taking their sweet time rolling updates.

    I for one will just root my phone and update on my own.

  37. I’m glad I got a nexus one instead of Sence Android phone but I hope Google chooses another company for the N2 because of the bad quality of HTC phones (touch screen issues and dust creeping under the screen) I probably wont buy another HTC phone till they improve their quality.

  38. so does this mean that one day the moto cliq will get 2.1?

  39. Ok so will the backflip get 2.2 since it came out in 2010, since it isn’t one of the high end phones

  40. yo ur on the wrong page if ur wondering about the backflip and 2.2

  41. @Apollo305 – Who knows? The Backflip was made by Motorola, not HTC. This article’s only discussing HTC’s plans for updating phones they made.

  42. I love my incredible and love the fact it has 2.1 with sense , My wife also just got the Droid eris and it was downloading an update to 2.1 right out of the box . 2.2 will be nice but I can wait , the Incredible is as it sounds , incredible !! and it smokes the nexus 1 that I just sold !!

  43. Considering Froyo improves performance, doesn’t this translate to actually being able to run better even on older hardware like HTC Hero!??? I love my Hero but I still want my update. Thank you very much. Can we getthe Hero users of all kinds on the web united to a petition?

  44. dethduck is more optomistic than I am. I’m just hoping Tmo will keep their promise to get Eclair out to us MTG3 1.0 users. I don’t expect we’ll ever see Froyo, tho. I had no idea when I bought it last August it would end up so outdated so soon.

  45. I’m a founder with ZoominMobile
    We’ve been told that we will have the Hero2 (HTC Legend) in mid July. We expect to have it before any other carrier in the United States. But, as many have said here, it’s not a done deal until you have it in your hand.

    Mine is on order. I’ll let you know when we get them in.

  46. you are all forgetting that HTC and all the other makers are here to make money – they do not want everyone upgrading to new OS – they’d prefer it if you bought a new phone. I’ve got a hero and still waiting for 2.1 but it runs fine and there’s only a few apps that I want. As soon as the warranty is out then I’ll upgrade myself – but the Incredible looks very tempting…

  47. I’d be pretty happy if Sprint/HTC decided to actually give us Hero owners a surprise with an update to Android 2.2. Especially after the long and painful wait for Android 2.1 to surface.

    I, however, won’t hold my breath on an official update for my Sprint HTC Hero. I am pretty sure I’ll have to root my phone to get the new goodies in Froyo. I’ve already seen YouTube videos with a GSM HTC Hero running a hacked version of Android 2.2. So, that sort of lends credence to the fact that Froyo could be ported, officially, to the handset if HTC/Sprint wanted to.

  48. I’m still waiting for an actual FroYo rollout or root before I use my still-waiting upgrade eligibility to get an Incredible.

  49. Who said the EVO is outdated u should look at the specs again the droid is almost close the EVO is still the #1 device by far until the new HP or Samsung.O and Richard the hero does have 2.1 in the us its otw. And as far as the Hero my wife has one and most likely it will not get froyo this is the only web page that says the evo is outdated that i have read of course when u have verizon ppl blogging here that happens but even my brother said the evo beats his droid incrediable so sry ppl i do not agree.

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