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HTC Wildfire Gets Its Froyo On [Updated]

David Gilbert


HTC Wildfire Gets Its Froyo On [Updated]

Owners of HTC’s Wildfire will be delighted to hear the news that the Froyo update will be rolled out to all Vodafone customers – though other carriers have not been as quick off the mark it seems.

Currently Vodafone is the only provider confirming to us that the Android 2.2 update will be rolled out to its customers immediately. We await news from other carriers on their plans to update the software. The update for Vodafone customers comes quickly after manufacturer HTC announced the update was available. The Wildfire is also available on Three, Virgin and T-Mobile.

Froyo will bring quite a bit of added functionality to the Wildfire however owners will be disappointed that due to "hardware limitations" there will be no support for Flash or Live Wallpapers. Among the functions added with this update are USB tethering, ability to install apps on an SD card (if supported), added speed and stability and enhanced Bluetooth and camera functions.

Wildfire owners on Vodafone should be getting automatic messages on their homescreens or if you are eager to get your Froyo on you can manually check for the update by selecting Menu> Settings> About Phone> Software Information. The new Build number after the update will be 2.22.405.1. We'll keep you updated about other providers plans as we get them.

Update (December 20, 6pm): T-Mobile has just confirmed to us that the Froyo update for the Wildfire is now available to all its customers.

Simon 19

December 20, 2010, 7:16 pm

I'm surprised, I thought Froyo had been ruled out due to the lower resolution of the screen.


December 20, 2010, 7:32 pm

As somebody who has been waiting for Froyo since September, I am pretty excited to finally be getting this. The speed updates and minor fixes are what I'm really looking forward to along with the improved web browsing and wi-fi tethering.

I do hope that T-Mobile get their act together, because it takes them an age to get updates out. I've been pressing the "check for update" button all lunchtime...


December 20, 2010, 7:59 pm

Vodafone are on a roll as they just updated the magic last week as well. I think every handset out there should get Froyo as it seems to be the sweet spot with all the speed enhancements and general improvements.

I do hope google draw a line with Honeycomb and request a minimum spec.

Chatan Mistry

December 20, 2010, 9:23 pm

Vodafone have also announced that 2.2 is available for the HTC Magic as well



December 20, 2010, 9:35 pm

Hero owners left out in the cold again...


December 21, 2010, 12:25 am


I doubt the Hero will ever see an official ROM newer than Eclair. XDA is your friend!


December 21, 2010, 1:24 am

Been checking for updates all day. Tmobile, why?!!!


December 21, 2010, 3:47 am

@Runadumb I do hope google draw a line with Honeycomb and request a minimum spec.


Copying microsoft would be a big mistake, not everyone wants a high spec, big screen phone.

The X10 mini pro is a nice device especially with Android 2.1 & Apps2SD intalled. It plays Angry Birds & Fruit Ninja. Try getting a WP7 or IOS phone this small.


December 21, 2010, 2:12 pm


Just look at the reviews on the market. Look at how many apps get one star because people complain it won't run on their *insert low-end device here*

Just last night I was flicking through the reviews for a live wallpaper and people called it crap as it didn't work on their dext, hero, magic etc. Devices that don't even support Live wallpapers. How frustrating it must be to be a developer.

Microsoft have a good balance and it will help them I think. I hope google does set some hard spec.


December 21, 2010, 3:12 pm


This is something MS got right IMO. They looked at what both Apple and Google did and picked up the best points of both. The Control (although to a lesser extent) of Apples system means apps will work across all phones and it is better for developers. And the multiple hardware vendors/phones available for customers will mean you have a choice of phones running WP7


December 21, 2010, 3:25 pm

@Runadumb Your right that some consumers expect too much from lower end devices, however developers are solving the issue by marking games HD & listing the devices that their programs can run on.

Requiring a highend spec is just wrong not everyone can afford a £200+ handset, also not everyone wants a phone to play the latest 3D games.


December 21, 2010, 3:54 pm

@Jayboy for Developers a large market with a well documented SDK's is much more important than having a minimum spec. Most devs come from the PC industry and they have lots of experience coding to different CPU's , GPU's & screen configurations.


December 21, 2010, 4:16 pm

@LetsGo I see your point but who says 2.x has to disappear? The orange San franciso is under £100 and does almost everything my phone does except slower. People used to feature phones and upgrading to smartphones for the first time will have the options of devices like these. It may be an older version of Android (Pre honeycomb) but it's a million miles better than any feature phone. It won't be long before snapdragon speeds are available in this price segment. Then maybe if they desire more they can upgrade to the more powerful handsets running, whatever version is out then. Although I admit this may also cause issues.

Meanwhile Google could draw a line in the sand and say Honeycomb requires xxx. This makes for a better user experience for everyone and would finally give the platform some common ground which it so desperately needs.

I'm not saying Google will do this, I am saying I would like to see it. I think the new market is meant to filter out apps that won't run on certain devices but I am not sure. At the pace android phones are released it would be unrealistic to expect a develop to list the devices their app will and won't work on. The list would be in the 100's.

Just my opinion


December 21, 2010, 5:00 pm

@Runadumb I have been using an early hack of Gingerbread on the Desire.


It is very snappy, if Google can keep up with the speed improvements and UI tweeks the

User experience will improve for all phones.

As you have pointed out eventually lower-end phones will start to get better components so a minimum spec will eventually arise by itself.

I just think requiring a minimum spec stinks of elitism, and is one of the reasons I try to avoid Apple products.


December 21, 2010, 9:24 pm

@rav: Indeed, I'm already running FroydVillain with LauncherPro on my Hero :). I miss a few features from Sense and I'm not keen on the bugs, but it's a vast improvement overall.

It's just galling that the Magic gets a Froyo update while the Hero is overlooked. I realise that the Magic is running vanilla Android so it's probably an easier device to update, but still. Grrrr..

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