Well they only went and did it. Vodafone’s amazing decision to update the ageing HTC Magic to Android 2.2 was only officially announced two days ago after six months of teasing – and it’s already out and installed on elderly HTC Magics across the UK.
So let’s update the Eurodroid HTC Magic and see what it looks like.
This part was quite frustrating. The Eurodroid HQ is currently suffering a partial phone line failure, resulting in dial-up speed internet access. So it took 45 minutes to download the 42.5MB second part of the HTC Magic update.
But then, as ever, all was quickly forgotten. The Magic 2.2 update was amazingly painless for us, with our old phone keeping all its apps and details throughout the upgrade process.
New fonts, new browser, access to the new enhanced 2.2 versions of key Google apps – it’s amazing to see Android 2.2 running on the old Magic, which features a terribly old fashioned 528MHz Qualcomm processor and, in this Vodafone model’s case, less RAM than most Android phones.
Android 2.2 adds multitouch support to the phone in supported apps like the Browser and Gallery. It’s a bit slow on web pages as you might expect, but works. And the updated Android browser is a vast, vast improvement over the rather simple Android 1.6 model.
And look, new camera layout and options. Thanks for the new telephone, HTC and Google and Vodafone. If nothing else, you’ve certainly increased the Magic’s eBay resale value.
There’s no wireless hotspot option, but it’s OK as there’s the standard wired Tethering tool for sharing mobile web access via your laptop. Compared to what was available before on the Android 1.6 Magic (NOTHING) it’s a huge improvement.
Saving apps to SD card and shuffling them back to your phone again JUST FOR FUN works…
…as does the multitouch enabled modern Android photo gallery.
It’s an amazing improvement for the seemingly abandoned HTC Magic. Well done to everyone at Google/HTC/Vodafone and their associated contributors for making it happen. You’ve all been very brave and patient.
The HTC Magic still feels generally a little slow in operation compared to the new telephones, but it’s vastly more usable and functional than it was when running Android 1.6. Refreshed and made equal to one of today’s entry level Android phones, Magic users can now happily delay that next upgrade until well into 2011.