Today Metro PCS announced the Huawei Ascend upgrade to Android 2.2 is now available. The Ascend launched back in December and even though this is only for Android 2.2 at least it is seeing the update faster than many other phones in the past. There is no talk regarding Gingerbread for now but an update is an update right.
I did say "use caution" in my title and with good reason. Apparently MetroPCS or Huawei or someone over there is not very familiar with how most of the Android world works regarding updates. The update to Android 2.2 for the Huawei Ascend WILL wipe ALL user data. All your applications, all your games and their save points, your icons on home screens will all be wiped and all. Most updates from almost all other carriers and manufacturers make updates a painless procedure that backs up everything. This is not the case here.
This is not a huge deal, but for those wanting the upgrade you should probably download AngryBirdsBackup from the market and backup anything else on the phone. Anything stored on the MicroSD card will not be wiped such as photos and such but make sure to backup everything before doing the update. When it boots on Android 2.2 it will be like a brand new device all over again, fun but a process to set up. I don't want to be too harsh but they should probably include a backup method in their update in the future to make things easy for users. For all the download and update information check out the source below.