HTC Desire to get Froyo starting in Europe this weekend

Neowin reported yesterday that the HTC Desire Froyo update was imminent, now, it has been announced that European owners of unlocked HTC’s Desire will soon be receiving Android 2.2 (Froyo). This follows reports of some Droid X’s receiving the latest version of Android from 28 July.

Users of the desire can expect various fixes and improvements arriving within this update, including 720p video recording and iTunes synchronization, Engadget was told by HTC. Although some users of the HTC Desire had already found ways around the limitations on video recording, an official support for a feature is always preferable to a hack. iTunes synchronization comes as the biggest surprise in this update, and it will be interesting to see just how HTC implements this feature, because – as Palm can attest – Apple don’t like people mimicking their devices.

Engadget has also received information regarding a potential update for HTC’s EVO 4G which may come as early as next week.

Android 2.2 (Froyo) implements a range of new features, including performance optimizations, the ability to install applications to expandable memory, USB tethering support and the ability to create Wi-Fi hotspots. Flash 10.1 is also supported in this update. HTC Desire users will be notified that an over-the-air update is available. However, HTC advises that due to the size of the download, users should collect their serving of Froyo via Wi-Fi. Carrier updates are expected soon.

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thefonz said,
Do you have to install the previous update 1.21.405.2 before it will detect Froyo?

Yup, but there is no need to do it manually. It will first push the 1.21 update OTA, and then Froyo.

After the update, radio not working. Everytime I start radio, it says radio service stopped unexpectedly. Can't start the radio

Well it's 6:40pm Saturday, still no update. Anybody know roughly when this is due so I can try to avoid pressing the Check Now button constantly? This is the new F5

TCLN Ryster said,
Well it's 6:40pm Saturday, still no update. Anybody know roughly when this is due so I can try to avoid pressing the Check Now button constantly? This is the new F5

There's no need to do that if you have the scheduled check option enabled...

Hardcore Til I Die said,

There's no need to do that if you have the scheduled check option enabled...


I'm sure it doesn't check every minute

Just a point to be aware off, it looks like the official update includes a new HBOOT, as a result if u go down the official route for 2.2 you may never be able to root your phone.

ElGuido said,
Anyone got this yet? Nothing here on my desire in the UK...

Nope. Not yet. Hopefully it will be offered to me this weekend...

Haha. I have my unlocked desire which I bought in the UK using Optus pay as you go! This means ill get the Europe ota update, right?

Brandon said,
I just want android to be able to sync with WMP. Right now I have to use Songbird

Android can sync with WMP, use the SD Card as mass storage and it will show up in the "Devices" List of WMP...

thefonz said,
When is it coming to oz?? Wireless tether will.be nice
Not for a while I bet, if your a Telstra customer you'll need to wait for them to add their custom software to it (and rumor has it disable some of the new features such as WiFi hotspot) but if your happy to root your device you can have it now.

If there's one GREAT thing about android is that you dont really need to 'sync' anything with a cable. I guess music is the exception, but I use spotify and the play lists are synced on the fly anyway. Gotta love "the cloud"

Julius Caro said,
If there's one GREAT thing about android is that you dont really need to 'sync' anything with a cable. I guess music is the exception, but I use spotify and the play lists are synced on the fly anyway. Gotta love "the cloud"

Same here, spotify is very good - although I'm going to be zuneing it up as soon as wp7 comes out, cheaper per month and you keep 10 tracks per month as well - thereby paying nothing for the unlimited streaming! brilliant!

I use Spotify too! Not a lot of people find it useful but it saves me a lot of memory on my hard drive (excl. my previous 120GB of music) and I'm able to access on most devices I own: PC, Laptop, 360 (with virtual soundcard broadcasting).

James Brooks said,
iTunes Sync will be cool... When I get a 120GB Micro SD Card -.-

So you won't be able to sync your entire library with your Desire? Shucks if YOU can't use it then I guess they ought to pull the whole feature right?

Right?

Jan said,
That iTunes Sync won't last 10 minutes.

As long as they do it the official way then it won't be a problem. Apple has allowed quite a few companies to sync with itunes without a problem, blackberry, sandisk etc.. Palm go into hot water as they hacked their USB identity to give their palms a pretence that they were iPods which is in violation of the USB code of conduct.

REM2000 said,

As long as they do it the official way then it won't be a problem. Apple has allowed quite a few companies to sync with itunes without a problem, blackberry, sandisk etc.. Palm go into hot water as they hacked their USB identity to give their palms a pretence that they were iPods which is in violation of the USB code of conduct.

Doesn't Apple has to program in support in iTunes for your manufacturer's device? I thought they had stopped supporting new third-party devices for years.

Elliott said,
Doesn't Apple has to program in support in iTunes for your manufacturer's device?

No. They don't do that any more. The official way is to have a piece of software running on the PC/Mac that interacts with iTunes and gets the songs to/from the device. Assuming they've done it the official way, I think this means that HTC Sync will now pull music from iTunes and put it onto the Desire.

iKenndac said,

No. They don't do that any more. The official way is to have a piece of software running on the PC/Mac that interacts with iTunes and gets the songs to/from the device. Assuming they've done it the official way, I think this means that HTC Sync will now pull music from iTunes and put it onto the Desire.


Indeed, just like Tunesync (http://highwindsoftware.com) which I've been using on my Desire for a while now. It works well, and syncs all my iTunes playlists and suchlike. An official (and free) feature would be nice though. Tunesync is great, but it's not free

TCLN Ryster said,

Indeed, just like Tunesync (http://highwindsoftware.com) which I've been using on my Desire for a while now. It works well, and syncs all my iTunes playlists and suchlike. An official (and free) feature would be nice though. Tunesync is great, but it's not free
There is already a free option, DoubleTwist comes with a nice replacement player for your phone too. This is what I use and it works great