Google: Froyo on its way shortly

Android Police report that according to Google the official final release of Froyo isn't too far off - following a recent build that appeared out of Google - FRF72, the latest known official build.

With the release of the new iPhone today, and iOS over the last few days, it seems as if Android users are getting a little jealous, with well over 1400 posts as of writing to a semi-official thread over on the Official Google Android Support Forums, and a Google employee dropped in with a short update on the status of the update:

"Hey guys,

Just dropping in to let you know that the FRF72 build that is floating around is not the official update. The Android team is feverishly working to get a final version out the door, but like passion-ate has mentioned this will only happen once a release candidate meets our quality criteria.
Since today is the Summer Solstice, we know things will be heating up a bit so hopefully Froyo will be on its way shortly. Thanks for your continued patience
-Ry Gu
y"

Users also noted in the comments that another Google Employee said something similar way back on June 6:

Apologies for keeping everybody waiting. We are not intentionally holding back on Froyo, just improving the overall experience and quality. I  don't have an exact date to share yet, but we are striving hard to OTA it ASAP. Stay tuned! - Gaurav

Currently there is no official date for Froyo's release, but many users are hoping it will be released by the end of June. Froyo is Android 2.2 under the hood, and sports a huge performance increase, full flash support, built in Wifi Tethering and more. You can find out more over at the Google Android developers portal.

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I think Google really needs to take control of the updates when 2.3 comes out. They should send the updated software to every device when it gets released. There is the issue of the customized front ends, but then they should just be coded so that the hook into the OS just like apps do. As long as the API that the use consistantly stay the same then there shouldn't be an issue.

You shouldn't have to wait months to get the software on your device.

/rant

From what I've seen Froyo is amazing. Considering the defectors from Palm I think the next version is going to be even better.

I've just been notified of an OTA update on my Desire. Could this be it? I don't wanna be losing Sense UI (I'm one of the few lovers of it).

Jonny Wright said,
I've just been notified of an OTA update on my Desire. Could this be it? I don't wanna be losing Sense UI (I'm one of the few lovers of it).

No update on my N1 so I don't think it is. I doubt HTC will update the Desire without Sense.

Jonny Wright said,
I've just been notified of an OTA update on my Desire. Could this be it? I don't wanna be losing Sense UI (I'm one of the few lovers of it).

Probably the 1.21 or 1.23 update I've seen. Well really I only seen 1.23 on a custom ROM that said it was based on that

I really hope with the Froyo update HTC fix the annoying lag when you scroll to the bottom of the apps drawer (Try it, it does it on my Desire anyway )

Dc'1 said,

Probably the 1.21 or 1.23 update I've seen. Well really I only seen 1.23 on a custom ROM that said it was based on that

I really hope with the Froyo update HTC fix the annoying lag when you scroll to the bottom of the apps drawer (Try it, it does it on my Desire anyway )

Damn you! Never noticed that! Its gonna bug me now

The Plague said,
Beta 3 was nice but not perfect.

But how many of the problems could be related to the OS thus being held back for fine tuning? there is always that possibility.

Froyo does look amazing, shame htc hero users are still waiting on 2.1 which will probably be released when 2.2 comes out if they are lucky.
Android is a brilliant platform just htc's inability to upgrade their handsets let's the Market down a bit I feel.

jonnyH said,
Froyo does look amazing, shame htc hero users are still waiting on 2.1 which will probably be released when 2.2 comes out if they are lucky.
Android is a brilliant platform just htc's inability to upgrade their handsets let's the Market down a bit I feel.

I'm glad I ditched my Cliq for an N1. Moto kept saying 2.1 is coming soon with no sign of release. By then, 2.2 will be out.

Froyo has been "on its way shortly" since Google I/O - No idea why google seem so adverse to just giving a rough release date >.<
Ether way, 2.1 is awesome enough, its just the though of 2.2 being out there thats making everyone crazy with want

Meh, it's going to take HTC an age to update HTC Sense for this and I'm not fond of the vanilla Android UI either, so I'm not gonna mess around and root my Desire to get it earlier (if at all).

Xerxes said,
Meh, it's going to take HTC an age to update HTC Sense for this and I'm not fond of the vanilla Android UI either, so I'm not gonna mess around and root my Desire to get it earlier (if at all).

There are a few launchers that you can try. I replaced HTC's Sense with ADW Launcher (which also works great on FRF72 ) and never went back. The only thing I miss is HTC's Widgets, which don't work with ADW Launcher but the smooth animations, 6 customizable shortcuts, landscape and portrait modes, customizable drawer configurations (4x4 in portrait mode, 3x4 in landscape mode) in ADW more than make up for it.

Xerxes said,
Meh, it's going to take HTC an age to update HTC Sense for this and I'm not fond of the vanilla Android UI either, so I'm not gonna mess around and root my Desire to get it earlier (if at all).
Uh, it's been announced that HTC are going to update the Desire within about two weeks. Just Google it.

Kirkburn said,
Uh, it's been announced that HTC are going to update the Desire within about two weeks. Just Google it.
They just said an update is coming that will fix some of the shortcomings of the device, everyone is assuming it's Fryo at this stage. Also because I'm in Australia the update will be blocked until Telstra test it and customize it further with their stuff and they've been known to take over a year to do that. I hope I'm wrong but I'm not holding my breath.

EDIT: I'm not gonna get the update unofficially! I'm totally against that kind of thing and prefer the official channels and to be honest I'm happy with 2.1, so I'm not bothered about waiting ages for 2.2.

Can't edit my post further, please disregard the above post by me! seems HTC have confirmed that Desire is getting 2.2 and it will release very soon...hopefully Telstra get off their fat arses and get their custom ROM sorted and ready for us Aussie Desire owners soon too!!

Xerxes said,
They just said an update is coming that will fix some of the shortcomings of the device, everyone is assuming it's Fryo at this stage. Also because I'm in Australia the update will be blocked until Telstra test it and customize it further with their stuff and they've been known to take over a year to do that. I hope I'm wrong but I'm not holding my breath.

EDIT: I'm not gonna get the update unofficially! I'm totally against that kind of thing and prefer the official channels and to be honest I'm happy with 2.1, so I'm not bothered about waiting ages for 2.2.

You obviously haven't seen 2.2 in action then have you? The speed/performance increase alone should be making you drool over this update.

F-YEAH!
Got another 4gb card on order to make into a gold card and then flash my desire to generic rom to get rid of the O2 crap and allow me to be updated on time.