HTC has made it clear that all of their newly released phones will get an update to Android 2.2 (Froyo), but given a rocky history when it comes to getting the latest version of Android to their phones (we're looking at you, HTC Hero) a promised update hasn't always necessarily equated to a timely update. HTC public relations man Eric Lin is now asserting that HTC would like to get the Android 2.2 updates out of the way by Christmas. Let me check my calendar, because I believe that's about five months away.
Not to say that some phones may not see the update sooner â€" the HTC Desire is already rumored to be getting Froyo in August (no doubt partly thanks to its status as the fraternal twin to the Nexus One) â€" but this leaves a lot of wiggle room for HTC to secure the update for phones like the HTC Droid Incredible and HTC EVO 4G, two of their hottest Android phones. Of course, "before Christmas" could mean updates as soon as in the next few weeks (that's before Christmas, right?), but for some reason we feel like we indeed would sooner see a ROM from Santa and his team of elves than an official update from HTC.
And once they get Android 2.2 out of the way, the Gingerbread update that has been churning in the rumor mill lately won't be getting to HTC handsets until at least the first quarter of 2011. But let's not get too far ahead of ourselves.