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HTC Desire Gets Android 2.2 Upgrade


HTC Desire Gets Android 2.2 Upgrade

Owners of unlocked HTC Desire handsets across Europe can expect an update of their phone’s software this weekend. The software will upgrade the handset from Android 2.1 (Éclair) to Android 2.2 (Froyo).

HTC said that in addition to all of the improvements associated with Android 2.2, the phone will also receive specific updates to HTC’s Sense UI.

The update will bring 720p video capture capabilities to the phone as well as the ability to sync music with iTunes. In addition, there’s a new App Share widget, by which Android owners can let their mates aware of any cool apps they are using. An enhanced Called ID interface has been introduced as well as an improved multi-language keyboard.

Users will be alerted to over-the-air update automatically and HTC advised that due to its size the update would be best performed over a Wi-Fi connection.

If you’re an HTC owner in rabid anticipation of the update but your phone is locked to a network, you’ll have to be a little more patient. HTC said that network operators are now performing their own testing and that the update would be made available in a rather vague, “few week’s time”.

Google’s Nexus One was the first Android handset to receive the 2.2 update, despite Google pulling the plug on its Nexus One online store in the US.

There was no word on the timeframe for updates for HTC Legend and Wildfire owners.

Link: HTC UK.


July 30, 2010, 6:05 pm

Pshhhhh I'm installing a stock version of 2.1 so I get the automatic update. Be gone Orange's crap branding and uninstallable demos that take up 2/3 of the space on my phone.


July 30, 2010, 6:09 pm

So... what happens if you bought a locked Desire and got it unlocked?

Adam Foreman

July 30, 2010, 6:14 pm

Sounds good to me! My HTC Desire came from Vodafone and is unlocked so I guess I maybe one of the lucky ones this weekend! According to Vodafone, they said the only phones they sell still locked to them are Blackberry's, every other phone should be sold unlocked now.


July 30, 2010, 6:33 pm

Ermmmm.... FroYo update and a Gingerbread (Android 3.0) logo.... you teases ;op


July 30, 2010, 6:44 pm


My Desire is a T-Mobile branded one.

I created a goldcard and installed the generic HTC World Wide English ROM on it, I would recommend you do the same.

Get the handset unlocked is basically just allowing other operators sim cards to work in your phone.


July 30, 2010, 6:44 pm

Is locked or unlocked the correct term? I thought it was all network branded phones that will take a while to get updated as it will have to be done by the networks. Vodafone don't lock their phones but they are still Vodafone network branded. It's only ones from third party suppliers like Carphone Warehouse that are network unbranded.

Greg Shewan

July 30, 2010, 6:52 pm

How about you get off you're arses HTC and get my Hero 2.1 update to me.... how long is this going to take!!!! I love it when big corporations refuse to address the concerns of customers that have had a product twice as long (in this case more) but continue to be side lined.

I know you guys in Europe and the States have got it already, but what about the rest of us? Its because of this that I am jumping ship to vanilla Android (probably a Motorola or the N1). HTC are just throwing away existing customers with vague gestures and deadlines as to when we can expect service from them. Au Revoir......


July 30, 2010, 7:06 pm

I'm truly shocked and have to eat my words. After the debacle that was the Hero 2.1 update HTC have got this one out double quick.

For those on Operator Branded ROMs making a goldcard and flashing an unbranded ROM is fairly straightforward.

@Adam Foreman

Is a (sim) unlocked phone the same as an unbranded one? The phone could be unlocked but the ROM might not be.

Been using FroYo for a few weeks now and have to say that it isn't really a major update. The biggest new feature is probably apps2sd but hardly any apps currently support it. After that I like the coloured labels in Gmail. It's nice but definitely not a must have.

Adam Foreman

July 30, 2010, 7:33 pm

@ravmania: my SIM is a Vodafone USIM, my HTC Desire is stock HTC untouched straight from Vodafone. The only thing my SIM does is provide the phone service/data. I was one of the lucky people to have an HTC Desire before they were released and received the UPDATE 1 fixes shortly after the phone was released.


July 30, 2010, 8:14 pm


Cheers for the tip - I'll do that as soon as my new Micro SD card turns up. It looks like a bit of a faff, but it'd be worth just to get rid of the god-awful Orange branding alone.

Urinal Mint 1

July 30, 2010, 10:22 pm


The Hero 2.1 update is out there, my orange locked/branded hero (one of the last to get it along with t-mob) got it on wed. Just set the date forward a month and it causes it to search for updates


July 30, 2010, 10:23 pm

iTunes sync? Is this another WebOS vs iTunes update race?


July 31, 2010, 12:37 am


Hopefully not, iTunes does support a method of syncing third-party devices, Palm just choose a method (pretending to be an ipod) that broke the rules and angered Apple (and broke the USB standard as well).


July 31, 2010, 9:58 am

@Benny Har-Even, LOL, either that British wit is over my head or you've gone and mixed up your android pasteries. Thanks for the laugh either way.

Greg Shewan

July 31, 2010, 1:10 pm

@Urinary Mint

Nice name...;). I live in deep and darkest South Africa..... I know the developed world has it already but I have not received one reply from my provider or the seller of HTC products regarding a time frame... it really is all a mess here. Don't know how many SA readers there are of thia site but we always get shafted.

Written on my HTC Hero.... V1.6


August 1, 2010, 10:59 am

@Urinal Mint

I've a T-mobile locked/Hero, and I'm in the UK. Tried shifting the date to no effect.

It seems that Hero users have no other role other than to fund HTC's R&D for the later models. It's unacceptable that T-mobile/HTC are simply not making this a priority. I'll certainly be leaving T-mobile at the end of my contract, and would think very carefully about buying an HTC phone in future. Of course, it's not the end of the world - like everyone else, I can live without 2.1 ... but that's not really the point.


August 1, 2010, 11:30 pm

2.2 is not available.... but: Unbelievable - no bluetooth voice dialing. This feature was in the stock 2.2 update which the Nexus One got, but it doesn't appear to be in HTC's update.

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