Like many of you, we are already wondering if and when our favorite Android phones will get the Froyo Android 2.2 upgrade. By "favorite Android phones" we naturally mean the hotness made by HTC. So, we asked and here's the deal: if your phone was released in 2010, you have a good chance of getting Froyo. Definitely on deck: The Desire, Droid Incredible, EVO 4G, MyTouch Slide, and future models. We don't have a specific ETA yet, but "second half of this year" is certainly a lot more promising than "someday, maybe."

Here's the official word:

[...] if your phone was launched this year, we will most likely offer an upgrade for it to the Froyo version. This includes popular models like the Desire and Droid Incredible as well as hotly anticipated phones like the Evo 4G, MyTouch slide and upcoming models. We will announce a full list of phones and dates once we are closer to launching the upgrades. We are working closely with Google and our other partners to ensure we have the earliest access to everything we need to provide a complete and solid Sense experience on Froyo. We expect to release all updates in the second half of this year but can't be more specific yet.


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Most 2010 HTC Android phones will get Froyo 2010


Probably correct. I'll look forward to getting root access to the 2.1 update and then unofficially upgrading to 2.2.

They didn't say limited to phones from 2010, but seeing the amount of time it took for hero to get 2.1, I wouldn't be expecting it either.

i'm really hoping we get root on the incredible soon, i'd take 2.2 over sense at the moment. :P

but i'm partial to creamy frozen treats...

I really wish the EVO had a version which leaves Sense out completely so it could upgrade to 2.2, like, yesterday, or at least on the EVO's release date!!!! Get the hint HTC/Sprint!!!

Uh, why would it be out, because HTC didn't release a statement saying their competitor's phone would update to Froyo?

I don't think the Droid will be left out, and it may be one of the first to get it since its running the stock Google UI and not Sense.

Your motodroid isnt made by HTC, its made by Motorola and as such its going to be one of the first to get Froyo.

This is more about HTC. I have both Droids (incredible and MotoDroid) and to be honest I will wait. I want all the bugs worked out on my phones before I get a new revved OS. I like the Sense UI on the Inc. and if HTC puts out an update in a few months that's fine with me.

It doesnt change the fact that both phones work great.

The only real thing I'm looking for is phone dialing from BT headset. Apart from that I'm pretty set.

If I were you I'd hold onto the Motodroid and enjoy it. I certainly do, and I will enjoy it more when I can dial from my BT headset.

To be fair, both my phones connect to my vehicles uConnect system just fine and I can place handsfree calls from it. But its still not a Jawbone Icon (nor can I use it in my wife's car... It's built into my 300c)

I don't think the moto Droid is out. They're just talking about HTC here. Maybe since we don't have sense we'll see 2.2 before them. We can always hope right?

That's my question too.

Second half of the year (unless AT&T is involved) means July 1 (ish) to December 31st (ish) in my dictionary.

But on the other side of the coin:

Do you want it RIGHT AWAY? Or do you want it RIGHT?

There is no reason to rush something out that will prove to be an embarrassment. I would rather they beta the hell out of it and get it very very RIGHT.

2.1 is pretty solid. Every new release bricks a few phones (or at lease requires heroic measures to recover them), so more testing is "mo betta".

I'm a little surprised that Google didn't push Froyo out with the EVO. Given all the hype around that phone--not to mention they were giving the EVO away at I/O--a tie-in would have made perfect sense. (no pun intended)

Yeah. I was surprised they made this big announcement about 2.2 and then gave phones with 2.1 away, phones that won't get 2.2 for a while.

Given that Evo will have and always was planned to have Sense, that would have pushed the release of that phone back a long ways. It just wouldn't have made sense for Evo to have 2.2.

The Evo is not Google's baby so it will always be second best to the N1 . Personally I could care less about 2.2 on my incredible . The phone is lightning fast without it !

Hmm. Adobe said Flash would be on Android devices in the first half of 2010. Today we learn, not surprisingly, that Flash requires 2.2. Then we learn that 2.2 is slated for the second half of the year. Does. Not. Compute.

It's Flash 10.1 beta that's being released, not Flash 10.1. Perhaps 2.2 was intended to ship with Flash 10.1 final and it's being brought out early (with Flash 10.1 beta) because they don't want to wait 6 months just for an updated version of Flash. I guess the stuff likely to be missing from Flash 10.1 beta is power efficiency.

Well on HTC's website about the EVO it states:
"The custom Web browser is optimized for HTC EVO 4G’s large display and Sprint 4G speeds to deliver a full, no-compromise Internet experience. Adobe Flash technology ensures that rich Internet content, such as embedded video and animation, are displayed the way they are meant to be seen. Pinch-to-zoom and automatic text reflowing provide easy Web page views. "

I sure hope this means 2.2 is around the corner for EVO...


The Evo has "Flash Lite" installed with android 2.1 Eclair.

Android 2.2 Froyo has Flash 10.1 Beta installed. "Flash 10.1" performs better than "Flash lite". That is why so many people are wondering when the EVO will get Froyo.

I saw that too. Trying to confirm if it's true, or if Phonescoop misunderstood and it's just the SDK that's available today.

I hadn't considered rooting until I read this. I will have a mental breakdown if I have to wait until December, I am cleaning my cache daily and can't install any more apps. Any decent apps are just right out such as Google Earth or any large applications. Every time I want to try something new, I have to uninstall something else. This will severely impact revenue to developers and will send them back to the iPhone because no one can actually buy their apps due to lack of installation space.

I've started researching what's involved in rooting, stuff the warranty, I can't live with this restriction any longer. I just want app2sd, that's it, is that too much to ask for HTC???

I think alot of you guys are under estimating how rapidy technology has been progressing and advancing in the past 6 months let alone year. Look at the time passed between the release of the Hero and the upcoming Evo 4G and look at the vast leap in specs between the 2 Hardware and softwarewise. It completely dwarfs the advancements made between the original iphone and the 3Gs in almost half the time. My point is I don't think the issue of HTC's sense overlay is going to create as big of a gap in updates anymore. Obviously the "Google Nexus One" will more than likely always be first to recive them. And yes I know in the past sprint has been horrible with updates. But they have NEVER in history had a device with the kind of market impact potential as the EVO 4G. It really is iphone level capable in terms of impact in the mobile space. Now b4 some of you point out your dislikes for or negative facts about Sprints Network or them as a cell provider in general. Understand that the iPhone running on AT&T is the golden example that non of that matters. EVERYONE including APPLE knows AT&T's network is pretty bad, yet it thrives in sales and marketing with each new version. But Android is have that same success at an even more rapid rate with better technologies available to them. "HTC the Android team AND Sprint" worked very closely to create the Evo 4G. Froyo is already listed in the Dev Kit Specs for the Evo. I'm sure sprint will be aware of peoples want for froyo because they'll care because the EVO is a potential gamechanger device for them. This is light years beyond the pre we're talking about here and you see how much attention they gave to that device. I wouldn't be too worried if you have an Incredible or an Evo about getting froyo in a timely fashion. But I will envy you Nexus One owners for those few weeks nonetheless. I'm excited either way Android has pretty much put all my concerns of leaving years of WM at ease.

My Mytouch G3 is only 9 months old and hopelessly outdated. (sigh). I am hoping Tmo will fulfill their promise and at least update us to Eclair. I don't hold out much hope of getting Froyo. If the phone could run it. I'm hoping to find someone getting rid of an N1 on eBay or maybe upgrade through Tmo in another year (since Google's online sales didn't work out

Given HTC's appalling track record (not to mention the deficiencies of carriers like T-Mobile) in rolling out OS updates to their phones, I wont be getting too excited about an upgrade for my G2 (Hero) to 2.2 .. would be really nice if we had an update to 2.1 first......

I honestly think the HTC Hero won't be getting Froyo, since the update to 2.1 still hasn't been launched yet.

By the time Froyo is widely released, we'll get finally 2.1 (on GSM) and will be running on old software yet again.

Luckily, I rooted my Hero and hope a 2.2 ROM will be released soon, but I'll NEVER buy an HTC again!!!

middle july.. no 2.2 for desire yet??

this whole mobile war is BS, no flash 10, no vimeo, no skype, no android 2.2 a market full of broken or fake apps, c'mon folks lets get this show on the road....