The Rogers Magic+, essentially an HTC Magic (or T-Mobile MyTouch3G), has been stuck at Android Cupcake 1.5 for a dog’s age! This may come as a surprise to some people who have long since been upgraded to 2.1 or even 2.2, but certainly 1.6. When 1.6 was announced, HTC put this message up on their website:
HTC is not currently planning any Android 1.6 upgrades for Rogers Dream. Android 1.6 was only made available for “Google”-branded devices such as the G1. It is not available for HTC-branded products such as the Dream or Magic, which use Android 1.5. We believe that Android 1.5 is a stable and reliable software platform that delivers a terrific user experience. However, HTC will be implementing an update for the 1.5 OS to HTC Dream by early February 2010
Then, on July 6, Mary from Rogers posted this message on Twitter:
But then, no news.
Finally, today we have some news. Apparently, the engineers at Rogers have made an update to 2.1 that was approved by Rogers. It now has to be approved by Google. Also, it will be OTA as long as your HTC Magic has Sense UI. If not, you will have to download it from the Rogers website.
Hi Everyone. I have some news to share with you regard the Magic OS upgrade and where we’re at.
As always, thanks for your continued patience in waiting for the Rogers HTC Magic+ 2.1 OS to be rolled out. When the 2.1 OS was delivered to us for testing we hoped it would be available to customers by end of August. It was extremely important to us that this OS be thoroughly tested/reviewed. In doing so we found an issue that required it to go back to HTC for further development.
I’m happy to report that we reached a milestone yesterday and the 2.1 OS for Magic+ was approved by Rogers. It has now gone to Google for approval and assuming there are no further issues HTC will start rolling it out. While I can let you know once it begins, I can’t comment on how long that will take as the precise date for rollout is determined by HTC.
I am also happy to report that this will be the first Over the Air (OTA) upgrade for one of our Android devices. OTA upgrades will not result in loss of data, and all downloads will be $0-rated, at no cost to customers. However, in order for OTA to be available, you must have downloaded the 1.5 with Sense UI. If not, you can upgrade to 2.1 directly by visiting one of our Rogers locations, details to follow when available.
Once rollout begins, we will also provide support documentation, including an outline of what has changed with this new OS upgrade (And before you ask, yes Voice Dialler has been added back ).
We very much appreciate everyone’s understanding while we diligently work on getting this OS upgrade to you. As we’ve done in the past, I will post updates and answer questions here as best as I can.
Finally, Magic users, salvation. You are a patient crew.