Android 2.2 Update for HTC Aria Now Live


Just a day after the Samsung Captivate got the green light on its upgrade to Froyo, another AT&T smartphone is making the leap to Android 2.2. As promised, the Android 2.2 update for the HTC Aria is now live and ready for installation. You can head on over to HTC’s Aria support page to download the update.

You will need HTC Sync in order to complete the update. The official description and instructions are as follows:

This software is an update for the HTC Aria™ for AT&T. Please note that during this update process, the device will be Hard Reset and anything that is NOT part of the Operating System (applications downloaded from Android Market, SMS/MMS, Email, etc)) will be permanently deleted; always make a point of backing up your devices data on a regular basis!

Note: All Music, Pictures, and Video are stored on the MicroSD card and will not be deleted during the update process. All applications downloaded from Market are linked to the Gmail account set up on the device and can be restored to the device using that Gmail account. less


What’s NEW:

  • Android 2.2 (FROYO)
  • App Sharing – Allows you to share an application via Bluetooth, Friend Stream, Email, etc.
  • Google Search
  • Latitude – A service by Google that lets you see your friends’ locations and share yours with them.
  • Navigation – Google Maps Navigation is a Turn-by-Turn GPS navigation application.
  • News and Weather
  • Places – A Google service that makes it easy to search and find Restaurants, Coffee, Bars, Hotels, Attractions, ATMs, Gas Stations, and more.
  • Videos – Links directly to videos that have been taken with the camcorder.
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot and USB Tethering – Allows the user to use their Aria as a mobile hotspot for up to 8 devices or connect a PC using the Aria’s data connection. A separate data plan is required for this functionality.

What’s Changed:

  • PDF Reader has been changed to Adobe Reader.
  • AT&T Radio Icon has changed.
  • Navigator changed to Car Panel.
  • Photos has been changed to Gallery.
  • Sound & Display has been split up into individual categories under settings.
  • Factory Reset relocated to SD & Phone Storage.

Performing the ROM Update:

  1. Download and save the “HTC Aria ™ for AT&T Android 2.2 ROM Update” to your PC.
  2. Connect your device to your PC via the data USB cable. Note: You must have HTC Sync installed on your PC in order to run the Update.
  3. On the Connect To PC pop-up on your device, select HTC Sync.
  4. Once connected to HTC Sync, locate the “HTC Aria ™ for AT&T Android 2.2 ROM Update” that you downloaded and double-click on the file to launch the RUU Wizard.
  5. Follow all of the RUU Wizard instructions shown on your PC.
  6. Once the update is complete, click Finish in the RUU Wizard and the device will reboot.
  7. Once the device reboots it will take you through the Set Up Wizard and your device will be ready for use.

Here is the direct download link for the update file. Happy Froyo’ing, Aria users!

[Thanks, Matt!]

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  1. Silly, HTC is just now getting Froyo out to their Aria users. The team behind CyanogenMod are porting Gingerbread for this very same device.

  2. at&t…… USELESS

  3. @Ben,
    This is sadly always going to be the case. Cyanogen had gingerbread on devices even before Google had it on their own flagship (last year’s) devices. Such is the way Android rolls it would seem.

  4. At least you guys will get it! And it prob won’t brick you’re phones! Htc is the way to go man!

  5. Don’t blame HTC. Blame your carriers for demanding unique handsets that makes it so much more complicated for HTC to push updates to all their products.

  6. At least you guys don’t have a Galaxy S. I am going to switch to an HTC when I can.

  7. You can’t blame carriers for not offering the updates and you can’t blame the manufacturers for working on a smooth operating updates. Blame your impatience. After watching how these upgrades happen, it is now apparent that these upgrades to many types of android phones are treated as a case by case basis and for a fact that it is an open source operating system that allows customization. So each phone has different coding, pertaining to the networks that they run on and the skins and other customizations as well as hardware capability that determine how fast they get the updates or if they get them at all. The only time you can blame the manufacture is if they take back a promise to update a phone. I.e. Samsung behold II scandal or Moto CLIQ scandal. Other than that patience is a virtue, if you can’t handle it, get an iPhone 4, blackberry, windows Phone 7, or Symbian.

  8. @T: I do agree on each phone being a case by case thing but in this particular case, it is entirely AT&T. Aria in Europe/Asia has had FroYo since last November.

  9. @Ace Curry: I agree with that. I’m sure AT&T probably stole the Europian/Asian version of Froyo just so us Americans would stop complaining to them.

  10. Love my Aria, it’s a sweet little phone with very good developer support. attn1 is doing an excellent job with Aria roms. The Aria is one of the most underrated phones on the market.

  11. I loaded this up on my wife’s phone yesterday. Working great so far. It’s Android 2.2.2, which is apparently better than my Captivate’s 2.2 release from the day before.

  12. Uh, this article speaks of ‘backing up’ your android phone. But apart from some of the VERY capable tools that require the phone to be rooted, how do you accomplish this?

  13. I did the update but my build number its the different to the one that I supposed to have if anyone knows why let me know thanks.

  14. @slinger, my wife and I both have the aria, but I can’t get the contacts to back up. What program did you use to back up the phone?

  15. I had her contacts entered into Google Contacts (from GMail), so reconnecting her Google ID got all the contacts back (but none of the old emails…unless she was bitten by the reported ‘Gmail wipe’ issue).

    HTC Sync looked like it would backup that info, but any of the data ‘types’ seemed to all have ‘0 bytes to synchronize’. Didn’t seem to be much of a backup method.

    I haven’t rooted anything (still in warranty) yet, but I’ve been reading good things about Titanium Backup.

  16. Yeah, I’m just going to stick with my Cyanogen7-powered Aria (Gingerbread – 2.3.2). Ditto @SpoonMan – great little device!

  17. Can anybody shed any light on the following quote? I can’t get my apps back. Thanks!

    “All applications downloaded from Market are linked to the Gmail account set up on the device and can be restored to the device using that Gmail account.”

  18. I’ve got a question about the update. Does it improve the audio encoding/quality of videos? I had an Aria for a while, but ended up returning it because I was so disappointed with the sound quality of recorded videos. I mean, for heaven’s sake, AMR-NB (narrow band), 12.8Kbps, 8Khz audio?? That’s lower quality than AM radio, and in any even slightly noisy environment, it is horrible. And that’s what the Aria used (with 2.1).

    AMR-NB was designed to encode speech, so any noise or music (or my kids yelling and having fun) sounds almost unintelligible. Even AMR-WB (not offered) isn’t great but would still beat out AMR-NM. The 3gp video file format supports multiple AAC formats, so why not that? (Even my wife’s cheap Sony flip phone has great sounding AAC audio on it’s videos.)

    I’m really hoping Froyo/2.2 upgrades it to AAC so I can (re)purchase an Aria!

    So, does it?

  19. I want to change to froyo but it says it will erase everything when I do so how do I get my contacts off people and onto gmail account with out an sd card? I want to export my contacts on people to gmail without doing it manually is there a way?

  20. I have tried on 2 different computer at separate locations to download the update to my pc, The DL is going soooooo slooowwww. Like 15 hours to dl slow. Connections are fine at each place. Anyone have a clue why?

  21. Did this update improve the speakerphone quality for calls. The speakerphone volume and quality is horrible on this phone and I sold it because of that. Does 2.2 fix that? Has anyone tried?

  22. Ok I did every step but every time I try to download the froyo to my aria it says that its not the right Rom download the official one now mind u I downloaded the update from HTC.Com could someone help me!!!!!!!! ps. I have HTC sync running too

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