Vodafone has today put a firmer date on the arrival of Android 2.2 for its branded HTC Desire – and also commented upon the bizarre Vodafone 360 Android 2.1 update that arrived on Desires last week.
The good news for Vodafone HTC Desire owners is that the upcoming “FroYo” Android 2.2 update will REMOVE the Vodafone 360-branded apps and bookmarks that arrived alongside last week’s 2.1 update, which will make those angry men much, much happier. Here’s the full statement:
We’ve listened to feedback from customers on a number of points around the recent 360 Android 2.1 update and made some changes to the roll out plan.
The Android 2.2 update for Vodafone HTC Desire users will be based on the HTC open market version of the software and we will customise it to ensure our network settings are installed.
For customers who have downloaded the recent 360 update for Android 2.1, we can confirm that the Android 2.2 update will remove the 360 applications and will leave the homepage and bookmarks on your current settings.
Customers who want to access the 360 services will be able to do so once the Android 2.2 compatible version is available and, in the meantime, can now download apps like 360 People from the Android Marketplace.
We plan to make the 360 apps available in a separate update for the HTC Desire at a later date, giving customers the choice to download it. We will let you know when the date for delivery of the Android 2.2 update is finalised, but, subject to testing, we expect this to be in 7-10 days time.
Great news for HTC Desire owners who bought their phones through Vodafone. Sighs of relief all round. That’s bound to put a smile on the fish’s face!
Maybe not. Vodafone statement taken from the Vodafone Support Forum.