Vodafone launches HTC Desire update – but it's NOT FroYo…

In a quite spectacular show of poor timing, Vodafone has today pushed out an unannounced over-the-air update for its branded HTC Desire – but it IS NOT the arrival of Android 2.2 users have been hoping to see.

Instead, today’s Vodafone Desire update changes the splash screen, alters the Home page and generally updates the “branding” and certain Vodafone apps on the Desire – which is rather frustrating for users of the Android phone, to say the least.

Here’s an email we’ve just received from a rather miffed reader:

“Vodafone put out an update for the HTC Desire, but much to the annoyance of all the people on Vodafone’s forums the update wasn’t actually Froyo. It was just a load of bloatware from Vodafone, including amazing features such as a new Vodafone Splash screen and whole load of pointless Vodafone applications and bookmarks. A lot of very angry Desire users on VF basically. Thought you might just be amused by this anecdote, that is anyone might be amused, unless they are using the Desire on Vodafone!”

The fish is not amused:

htc desire vodafone update

If you enjoy seeing angry men shouting into the internet, do check out the Vodafone HTC Desire update thread. Many nights of angry, restless sleep lie ahead for these poor chaps.

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  1. MarkG

     /  August 3, 2010

    When will companies learn? They should be servicing the needs of USERS, not servicing their OWN needs.

    Updating branding of 2.1 when everyone else is working on 2.2 is outrageous. If anyone has any sense, then they needs to shop elsewhere for a phone operator next time (not that there is too much choice anymore, now that each seems to be a sub-division of another).

  2. Steve

     /  August 3, 2010

    “Shouting into the internet”. This has become my new phrase. I congratulate you.
    Also this type of stuff should be banned. I see no need for mobile networks to brand the software. Does anyone actually use the bundled software?

  3. YMT

     /  August 3, 2010

    Easy enough, go to XDA or Modaco, root your phone (it’s REALLY easy to do now) remove the vodafone bloatware crap and install a nice rooted stock or community ROM, these ROMS are made by dedicated people with far more enthusiasm than the wonks the big companies hire.

  4. I have 2.2 on T-Mobile get it up ya vodaphone

    • Hi Deak,

      Thanks for your less-than-helpful reply. FYI T-Mobile reception is not very good in my area, and the next best deal was the one VODA… aw screw it:


      Lick my balls.

  5. deak

     /  August 4, 2010

    Hi Naldo

    Thank you for your responce :)

    as l sit here
    l fell sad alone
    cut off from the world
    everyone deserting me
    l know it is herel must stay
    l contemplate life and death
    wondeirng what one l should choose
    l see sad ness and pain in both
    but release for me in one
    l sit her and feel depressed and know l must make a choose soon
    but l hate each choose
    but l think the end is near
    and the release
    and l hope that l will choose the root to a end of pain
    some one save me please
    l cant go on liek this
    death is near lthink
    shouldl embrase or should fight
    l do not know what to do
    so here l sit in sadness and lonelyness untill decide

  6. Hi There

    Great news!

    We’ve got an update on this situation and useful information here – http://bit.ly/bM9x0d

    All the best

    Web Relations Team
    Vodafone UK

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