HTC said that it intends to release software upgrades to the next version of Google’s Android OS for many of its recent and upcoming smartphones.
According to a statement from the company, Android OS 2.2 is headed for the HTC Droid Incredible and HTC Desire. The HTC EVO 4G and T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide 3G will debut with Android OS 2.1, but upgrades are in the offing.
One of this company’s models is an obvious choice: the Google Nexus One, which is actually produced by HTC. Many are expecting Google’s own offering to be the first to get an upgrade.
HTC said that all its models that were released this year will “most likely” be bumped up to Android OS 2.2, but made no mention of models released in 2009.
This raises a strong possibility that models like the HTC Hero, HTC Droid Eris, and T-Mobile myTouch 3G will not get upgraded.
Google officially unveiled Android OS 2.2 yesterday, but hasn’t yet finished work on it. The company has promised the next version of this operating system will be given to device makers “in the coming weeks.”
HTC is working with Google to get access to the necessary materials as soon as possible, so it can begin modifying the OS for each smartphone model, a process that can take weeks or months. At this point, the company is vague about timing, but it added that no upgrades are expected to be released before July 1.
Complicating the matter is HTC Sense, a proprietray user interface that HTC layers on top of the standard one. Sense is widely blamed for delaying the Android OS 2.1 upgrades for many HTC smartphones released last year.
New in Android OS 2.2
The next version of Google’s mobile operating system will be the first to include tethering and portable hotspot software.
It is required for devices to run Adobe Flash Player 10.1, which will allow the web browser to fully make use of websites that use Flash for navigation, games, and showing video.
Android OS 2.2 also contains a number of other small enhancements, but none of the changes will significantly change the platform.
Source: HTC via Android Central