the news that European HTC Wildfire users should expect to see the Froyo update for their Android smartphone roll out sometime this week, Vodafone UK has announced that the Android 2.2 upgrade for their version of the handset is going out this morning. However, it's worth noting that the updated Wildfire still won't support Flash in the browser or Live Wallpapers on the homescreen, because of "hardware limitations". We're guessing this is a shortcoming of the Wildfire's processor. Update: HTC PR tells us that the Wildfire update should be going out to all UK carriers this morning, in fact.
Today sees the launch of the Android 2.2 Froyo update for Vodafone HTC Wildfire customers. Below are the details of what benefits updating to 220.127.116.11 (Froyo) will give along with how to perform the update. About the Update What benefit will this software update deliver? This update from Android 2.1 to Android 2.2 introduces all the supported functionalities that are included in this OS update. For a full list, take a look here. The most notable are: - Support for USB tethering - Possibility of installing applications to SD card (if supported by the application) - Native support for Activesync Exchange (email, contacts and calendar sync) and security policies - Enhanced Camera application - Enhanced Bluetooth support - Speed and stability improvements - Multiple keyboard languages - WiFi Hotspot tethering NOTE: "Live wallpapers" and "Flash" support in the browser (Froyo features) are not supported due to hardware limitations. When the update is available a message will appear on the handset, follow the instructions to install system software. You can manually check if a software upgrade is available by selecting Menu from the Home screen, tapping Settings, scrolling down the screen, tapping About Phone and then System software updates. On this screen tap Check now. How do I check what software version I have? Menu > Settings > about phone > Software Information > Software Number
has announced that the HTC Wildfire Android 2.2 Froyo update will begin rolling out this week in Europe. The much-delayed software is expected to reach "all areas of the world by February" 2011, though by that time we're expecting Gingerbread will have established a strong footing instead. The Wildfire was originally expected to see Froyo in Q3 this past year, but technical delays getting HTC Sense to play nicely with the updated OS meant the launch was pushed back until around Christmas.
has announced that it is pushing out the OTA Android 2.2 Froyo update to the Dell Streak today, as promised earlier this week. The wireless update will begin later on in the day, and be a staggered roll-out; there's no public timescale from O2 as to how long the carrier expects before every device is updated. Froyo will bring with it performance updates together with a new UI for the Streak.
HTC Magic. According to the company's forum, the Magic Froyo update will be a two-stage OTA affair: one update to prep the phone, and the second to actually install Android 2.2.1. The update's release will be staggered, so you'll have to wait for your Magic to flag up that new software is available; there doesn't appear to be a way to manually trigger the install. Still, we're glad to see that the ageing Magic hasn't been left out in the cold.
"Android 2.2.1 will give customers a number of improvements including: latest Gmail and Android Market clients; ability to save applications directly onto an SD card; support for USB tethering so the phone can be used as a modem; improved support for Active Sync Exchange (email, contacts and calendar sync); enhancements to Bluetooth; and enhancements to the camera. The update also includes the latest Google security patches."