HTC hopes to be done with Android 2.2 Froyo updates before Christmas

We all know that HTC will update its 2010 smartphones to Android 2.2 Froyo, but “when exactly?” is a question that still has no answer.

We’ve heard that the HTC Desire could get Froyo in August, but other smartphones (like the Legend, Wildfire, Incredible and Evo 4G) might not be that lucky.

Eric Lin, global PR and online community manager at HTC, told Pocket-lint that he believes the company “would be done with Froyo updates before Christmas.”

That’s not really good news, and I’m already thinking that owners of the Legend or the Wildfire (which are not high-end devices) might have to wait for Froyo the longest (i.e. until the last month of the year).

Lin explains why updates take so long, and its explanation is reasonable:

“It takes time to port all of our applications over to Froyo and then make sure that it is running well on each of our devices. That’s not like a one week kind of project. We need to make sure that our applications are taking advantage of the Froyo features. To make sure that they’re all running properly on the OS now that it’s a new version. And then to make sure that it’s running on our hardware as well as we expect”.

The HTC official also said that Android Gingerbread could come out in the first quarter of 2011. He might know more than we know, so let’s assume he’s right. If so, we’ll probably see new handsets running Gingerbread sometime in the second quarter of next year, while older handsets (that currently wait for Froyo) will probably get the new version of Android even later. That’s the price to pay when you have lots of (very different) manufacturers that build hardware for a single platform – the sad thing is that this price is not paid by Google, but by users, who sometimes (or most of the time?) have to wait for updates more than they’d want.

Author: Florin

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  • Bob_meyerweb

    Come on, Android still gets more updates, more rapidly, than any other platform. How long between the iPhone 3 and the 3GS, and the 4? How long have Pre owners been waiting for a significant update?

    With Android, at least some users will get the new OS quickly. With the other vendors, everyone has to wait until testing with the oldest, least compatible device is complete.

    Would you rather see new phones with Android 3.0 in January, with upgrades for older phones trickling out later, or wait until all the upgrade testing is complete to see 3.0 on any phones?

  • Rizzle

    Forget that, I would rather see it come out on every phone at once.

    Look, when a new version of windows comes out everyone is able to upgrade immediatley as long as they meet the minimum system requirements. there is no BS with only Dell Dimension owners getting to upgrade first and then 6 months later HP pavillion users finally getting to upgrade.

    I think that if things like Sense UI and motoblur or whatever are the things screwing this up then I think that the handset manufacturers need to scrap their own skins and just use stock android. In my mind if computers can all get an upgrade right when a new os comes out then there is no reason that cell phones cant be the same way. I just bought the HTC evo on June 4th and it ticks me off that I bought the biggest baddest best phone on the market and now it is going to be out of date until it gets froyo and then once it finally gets froyo it will still be out of date because gingerbread will have arrived. To me this system is retarted and this is a reason that many people stick with the comfort and pathetic box that is apple.

    Don't get me wrong, I love android and I dislike apple products significantly, but this issue just frusterates me to no end.

  • Staska

    Sorry, but mobile phone is not a PC.

    Because of the way PCs evolved – everyone copied IBM BIOS spec to work with
    MS DOS to build their boxes, there's a sort of limited, uniformly integrated
    set of hardware components that are all designed to work well with the main
    OS. And even then, hardware makers have to rewrite their drivers for each OS

    In mobile phone business, where there never was a tradition of standardized
    hardware requirements, such generalist OS approach will not work. For at
    least few years yet.

    Because of the way mobile phones are built, every vendor has to do different
    tweaks to the stock version of Android, to EVERY device in their portofolio.
    And that takes time. It takes less time, if there'are no additional apps,
    but even then vendor can't just load the stock Android version and ship.

  • rizzle

    Hmmmm, ok I will certainly admit that I do not know all the fine details like you do. but ok fine, if cell phone hardware is not uniform enough for an OS to just work like computer hardware is then I think that the cell phone industry should change that. I like that computer companies dont sell their product based on the os but rather on the hardware. I wish that I could make a cell phone decision based strictly on the hardware and then make my own decision as far as OS. For instance In October I got a very high end desk top that is capable of everything (I know everything may not be true but as far as I am concerned it is). Once I got that desktop I had to make a decision. Do I run windows 7, xp, vista, ubuntu, redhat, or another one of the endless linux distributions. I think that it would be nice if cell phones could get to that point. Whether or not it is realistic right now it is still very frustrating to me that my Evo is both superior and inferior to the nexus one. Superior hardware and specs but inferior OS. I want my cake and I want to eat it too. I dislike apple and would never buy an iphone but at least the apple fans dont have to worry about not having the best thing on the market. They at least can say that ios is the best in their opinion and they have the best phone on the market with the i phone 4. I have to say android is the best in my opinion and I have the best android phone on the market but it does not run the best version of android on the market. Nexus one users on the other hand have to live with the fact that they have the best os version but at this point their hardware is outdated. I know that very shortly the evo will be arguably kicked off of the top spot by the samsung galaxy s line and the droid X but regardless at least for a small moment in time I want to know that I have the best damn phone in the world in all aspects. With no froyo on evo right now I can not say that and it frustrates me. I was ok when I expected froyo to come any day but CHRISTMAS???? Just forget it. At least I can upgrade my phone every year and pay for the new one by selling my old one on craigs list with no contract.

  • Ko

    Samsung give hush money(4088$) to customer whose handphone was exploded by battery explosion.
    What a worse, Samsung threatened a customer with sue if he report it to the press media

  • Ko

    Samsung give hush money(4088$) to customer whose handphone was exploded by battery explosion.
    What a worse, Samsung threatened a customer with sue if he report it to the press media

  • Andy

    Don't agree. Apple do annual hardware releases and a few other releases in between. But customers know that when a release comes out it will work on their phones. They also get the choice to upgrade for the latest model and features.

    There are some customers of Android phones still on 1.6 or earlier and their phone is brand new or less than a year old. It makes it hard to sell and support things and causes consumer confusion. By coordinating releases and features it would allow Google and all the manufacturers to publically shout about the latest features and then let the consumer choose the model to buy.

  • ThePrufessa

    well how about htc release the stock version of froyo and give the users the option to use sense or not. this is one of the most frustrating things about android. i just got the evo last week and it's my 3rd android phone (g1>mytouch>evo) and these updates have consistantly annoyed me. but i like the phones and as it is now the evo is much better than the iphone.

  • Staska

    And why would they do that? HTC will still have to make and test stock
    Froyo version for every phone in their portfolio. Then, another version of
    Froyo with Sense. It would be a huge waste of resources, for the thing 90%
    of users do not care about.