And while Vodafone did release an update for their branded HTC Desire smartphones a couple of weeks ago, that wasn’t Android 2.2 Froyo, but a bloatware update that added Vodafone’s 360 services to their customers’ Desires.
There was quite a bit of backlash surrounding that, since many Vodafone HTC Desire owners thought that particular update was Froyo.
Good news. The official Vodafone-sanctioned upgrade to Android 2.2 for the HTC Desire will begin rolling out on Monday, August 23rd. However, keep in mind that this will happen in stages, and the full roll-out will take two weeks. So if you’re very unlucky, your Desire won’t get any Froyo love until September 5th.
The update will come over the air, meaning that at some point your phone will notify you that there’s an update available and ask you if you want to install it.
Probably thanks to the aforementioned backlash surrounding the 360 update, Vodafone now have instructions for how you can get rid of their 360 services and apps once you’re on Android 2.2. So check out the full info here if you have no need for Big Red’s bloatware on your smartphone. Customers who still want to use Vodafone 360 services will be able to get some 360 apps from the Android Market. An optional Vodafone 360-focused update for HTC Desire users will come at a later date.
So in a few days Vodafone customers that own the HTC Desire will have no more reasons to be envious of those who chose to buy HTC’s flagship smartphone unlocked.
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