HTC gives explanation for slow Android upgrades

HTC gives explanation for slow Android upgrades
HTC models seem to be last on the list to upgrade to Android 2.2. Eric Lin, HTC's global PR and online community manager said, ""It takes time to port all of our applications over to Froyo and then make sure that it is running well on each of our devices," he said, "That’s not like a one week kind of project. We need to make sure that our applications are taking advantage of the Froyo features. To make sure that they’re all running properly on the OS now that it’s a new version. And then to make sure that it's running on our hardware as well as we expect". The executive went on to add that "the updates are going quicker than expected" and he doesn't expect it to take the 6 or 7 month period of time that it took to go from Android 1.5 to 2.1 because the change is "less severe". He added, "Switching from 2.1 to 2.2, they made a lot of tweaks, but they didn’t make any gigantic changes, so it should be a much swifter process". As for guessing when Froyo might be on all eligible HTC handsets, he says that HTC should be complete with the 2.2 upgrade before Christmas this year. As for Android 3.0, Gingerbread, Lin says at first that he wouldn't venture a guess, and then says that it might launch in Q1 of 2011.

source: Pocket-lint



1. shynepo

Posts: 39; Member since: May 21, 2010

BEFORE CHRISTMAS...........awww cmon, i was very patient when my hero got the 2.1 update(which took forever) now i have to wait for my evo 4g to update, before christmas?? Who knows how long it could take..............but at least i have my evo to keep my busy, thinkin bout gettin the epic 4g instead, that thing looks sweet.....

2. Fluxman

Posts: 51; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

chill out, the HTC hero here in Canada is still on 1.5 so you should count yourself lucky ;)

9. scottmbolt unregistered

shynepo ... quit your bitching. Its whiny bitches like you that annoy the piss outta me.

13. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

He has a point, the EVO will be archaic by the time 2.2 releases.

3. josuearisty

Posts: 148; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

We knew all the time. Thats why im sayin MOTOBLUR, SENSE, TOUCHWIZ, etc, should be taken out of futures phones to prevent future updates dont arrive on time.

5. realism121

Posts: 67; Member since: Aug 16, 2008

I couldn't agree with you more. I keep saying repeatedly that the UIs are actually a MAJOR downfall to Android. Google needs to step in and say NO MORE MANUFACTURER UIs! I have the Hero and Sense, A: isn't all that great. and B: is the reason I had to wait so long to get 2.1.

14. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

Supposedly 3.0 does away with the manufacturer UI.

17. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

Your talking about middle of next year now...

4. Jon1

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 07, 2010

This is unbelievably short sighted of both HTC and Android. Faced with frequent, delayed and staggered updates, my frustration is likely to lead to only one place....iPhone. And of course I am not alone. Sort it out NOW Android and HTC or risk losing your market share! Meanwhile, be open about the delays and provide specific dates for when updates will be available for each handset. Better information will help to mitigate the uncertainty and frustration.

6. realism121

Posts: 67; Member since: Aug 16, 2008

I absolutely agree. Personally I would never get an iPhone, BUT i totally see your point and feel like there are hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of potential and current customers that feel the same way...the delays are ridiculous. And I also agree with the dates and specifics. Being vague and not giving a straight answer is certainly going to leave people with a bad taste in their mouth and they'll likely go elsewhere.

15. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

I think clear dates themselves that are not unrealistic are the best way to go. You MAY or MAY not have an upgrade in 1-24 months is not a good way to do business.

7. isproab

Posts: 20; Member since: May 27, 2010

As a person in the software development profession, I understand HTC's position. The last think you want to do is put out a sub-par product that gets you a bad reputation. Take your time and do it right vs. rushing to the market. Rule of thumb, the easier the user experience is with software, the more work it took for the developers. HTC Sense seems very user friendly. I would think it is very complex on the coding side and takes a while to integrate into Android compared to something like Touch Wiz or Motor Blur.

16. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

Agreed, but I think dates should be provided and anticipation avoided.

8. DigitalMD

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 17, 2010

Wahhh Wahh Wahhh.....Go get a Windows 7 phone. That will shut your whinning up. You can get a update every 18 months on the button. If Google would put some decent widgets into the base android, HTC would not have to write their own.

10. scottmbolt unregistered

Some of you need to quit your bitching. Really. Doesn't Apple send out an update once a century to the iPhone? Go get one of those!

11. shynepo

Posts: 39; Member since: May 21, 2010

Now youre bitching because you "claim" everybody else is. Nobody is bitching, its just fustraiting that we have to wait damn near another six months for froyo(2.2) to be released. And we cant even get a time or date for when it will be released. People might start switching from htc, and go to motorola(droid x) or samsung (Epic 4g). If you were htc and everybody stated to switch on you, what would you do?? And Can we please have one article that doesnt mention the ip4................idiot

18. phonedemocracy

Posts: 98; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

No, you have no facts to back up YOUR arguement. Yeah HTC takes a while to update. SO DOES EVERY OTHER MANUFACTURER. Do you see the other Motorolla's getting updates? Is froyo on the droid yet? The Samsung moment got 2.1 maybe a week and half before the Sense UI using Hero did. So, the frustration is that you've bought a phone, and are now waiting for an upgrade. Oh noes. Back in the day, we walked uphill both ways to work and noone got a fucking update.

12. jpropin

Posts: 152; Member since: May 20, 2010

To HTC's credit, at least they did'nt say that the dog ate their updates.

19. cansler

Posts: 136; Member since: Oct 07, 2009

I don't see what all the fuss is about... 1) Android is still fairly new, 2) The updates were in rapid succession as programmers try to perfect the UI, 3) Because of those rapid successions, the manufacturers need a little time to tweak their UI. I only got and android phone BECAUSE I wanted sense. I thought the stock UI looked cheesier than a low end phone like the LG Vue or something. I was quite happy with my WinMo 6.5, but it was starting to wear on me with the crazy memory leak. I love the new UI although it takes a little getting used to. But have a little patience, guys. No other UI updates as often as Android.

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