Rogers Magic and Dream

Bad news for those of you with the HTC Magic and Dream on Canada's Rogers network: Looks like you'll be stuck with Android 1.5 for the forseeable future. On HTC's Web site, under "Can I upgrade my Rogers Magic device to Android 1.6, it says ...

"HTC is not currently planning any Android 1.6 upgrades for Rogers Dream or Magic. Android 1.6 was only made available for “Google”-branded devices such as the G1. It is not available for HTC-branded products such as the Dream or Magic, which use Android 1.5. We believe that Android 1.5 is a stable and reliable software platform that delivers a terrific user experience."

You know what? Android 1.5 is a reliable software platform that delivered a terrific user experience -- in 2008. Upgrades are released for a reason: To get onto devices. Sorry, folks. Best hope for some hacking alternatives.

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There are 14 comments

VicMatson says:

Now you know why I dislike HTC so much! I hope those people that HTC plans to sell new phones to go elsewhere!

Joel says:

From reading the article it's not HTC that is the obstacle here. It is the phone carrier. This isn't a new problem though, there have been a few Windows Mobile upgrades for which the OEM had made an upgrade but the Carrier didn't wan't it to go out.

Reading through an entry on the Windows Mobile team blog most of what I read can be applied to this same scenario.

http://blogs.msdn.com/windowsmobile/archive/2005/10/06/477999.aspx

Anonymous says:

From now, I`ll start to call Rogers Support everydays to ask them when the next patch come out...

Michael says:

I blame Rogers. We know that 1.6 works on these phones. The only difference is that the 1.5 OS ROM for the Rogers phones was customized. I'm willing to bet that when HTC says they aren't planning to release a 1.6 update for these phones, they probably actually mean that Rogers hasn't asked them to make a customized version like 1.5 was customized.

We know 1.6 works on these phones, so that can't be it. It has to be the customization.

Quasar says:

Since HTC has been planning to skip over 1.6 for all of their phones, even in the US, it's still possible they could get a 2.1 update. It's some hope at least...

-olo- says:

this is the solution: http://www.cyanogenmod.com/
unfortunately, you need some technical skills (or at least bravery ;-) ) to decide to install the software, but if you are reading this post I assume you already have everything what is needed.

I've been using the CyanogenMod for few days, and I have to admit that installing it has been excellent choice.

rod says:

I am one of these unfortunate rogers htc dream users. I spent a few hours complaining to rogers support, and was able to get to a customer support manager who actually understood the situation and felt some pity for me. He said that I could cancel the contract and return the phone, which I am seriously considering.

The only company that I really trust to release firmware is google, and I really hope they offer a Canadian friendly 3g nexus one (htc passion) soon (rogers uses the same 3g frequencies as at&t).

I would love to use cyanogenmod firmware, yet I just don't have the faith that the images he has made are free of malware. I think cyanogen is an honest guy, yet he sources compiled binaries from dozens of places, so there is no way to know if the images are clean. I trust google to release pure and malware free firmware.

cj100570 says:

Why are people upset and shocked? HTC is in business to sell handsets! Those handset were released during the last manufacturing cycle with specs for the version of Android that was out at the time. Sure, a higher version may work on them but why should HTC spend the time and money to certify 'em? They shouldn't! Get over it and move on....

snupples says:

And this is why the Google Phone is a good idea

schlock says:

this is while the android concept will fail....

Cyanogen Mods are indeed free of malware. If you really want the best you would go with Cyanogen. Do some research regarding Steve's work and you will find out that it is indeed malware free. I am sure that Cyanogen himself would be more than happy to help you out, that is if he doesn't feel overly offended. He works his ass of to provide updates that are better and come out faster than the Google updates and any of the providers as well. Good luck on which ever route you choose.

chrisyak says:

Rogers, Rogers, Rogers.......

Well the Revolution did not last long, further proof that all you want is our money and really don't care about your customers.......

I am embarrassed that i once again have been bent over a barrel by Rogers....

I guess Rogers really does not care to catch on the android wave and support their products they would just rather sell us new phones. Well all this negative publicity in regards to android will cause new users to look elsewhere due to the lack of support and spend their money with another company. I have no desire to support Rogers when they will not even stand by their own products.

They wonder why people are look for alternatives to the big 3 ,well this is just one of many reasons why.

This experience has left me a much more educated buyer and i will not spend my hard earned money with robbers anymore.

1.6 should not even be a question they should be working on getting 2.0.....wow too much......

HTC, HTC, HTC

Well all the blame cannot go to Rogers either cause at the end of the day this is a HTC phone and is obvious they just want to sell handsets but by allowing carriers to not provide updates for the phones they certainly are hurting their image and will cause android users to look at others brands as well.

Google, Google, Google

Great OS but.......You need to learn a thing or two from the iphone and that you need to rollout these updates across the board on these phones just not ones you brand and make. Failing to do so is a major mistake and will cost you in the long run. While android may be taking off and getting a larger market share how do you think the sales are going to be in a few years when android owners are tired of being handcuffed from the carriers and manufactures of your phones by poor support....I love my android phone but i tell you a unlocked iphone is looking allot more attractive to me specially in the long run....

In the mean time putting pressure on Rogers and all the negative press they are going to receive on this and loss of revenue may force their hands to get them off their cheap lazy butts and do something about this issue...

All i have to say is thank god my contract is up this summer ....nexus, wind, dave, public will all get a chance to get my money since Rogers has proven all they care about is your money not customer satisfaction.

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Island Linux says:

Time to root my Dream. Can anyone recommend a solid howto?