ZTE Blade/Orange San Francisco Android 2.2 Froyo update arrives this month
The ZTE Blade is an Android-powered smartphone best known by another name – Orange San Francisco. Last year’s top bargain smartphone deal in the UK, the San Francisco still has the raw hardware specs to compete in the low-to-mid range, but it’s been certainly hampered for a long while now by the operating system version it runs.
Yes, that is still Android 2.1, which is positively ancient by now in terms of Android software development. Luckily, ZTE seems to have (finally) understood that, so it’s going to issue an update for all Blade variants (that would include the San Francisco, of course). Perhaps unfortunately, the update won’t be to Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the latest version of the OS, but to Android 2.2 Froyo. Now the update is obviously a good thing for San Fran lovers and owners, however even Froyo is now about one year old. So in the future ZTE may want to assign more engineers to Android updates. Because the Blade/San Fran is so cheap, there was next to no backlash until now surrounding the ancient OS version it runs, but as ZTE looks to make inroads into higher echelons of the market, it’s going to have to pay more attention to software updates.
Anyway, the Android 2.2 Froyo update for the ZTE Blade and Orange San Francisco will become available during the last week of this month, according to Android-France. Mark your calendars, reset your watches, etc.