Those who are already using an Android phone are undoubtedly wondering whether or not they’ll get the latest 2.2 version of the OS. According to comments obtained from HTC, the answer lies in whether your device was launched in 2010.
AndroidCentral today published a response from the OEM, which says that those phones purchased in 2010 most likely will get the new version of Android sometime in the second half of this year.
“If your phone was launched this year, we will most likely offer an upgrade for it to the Froyo version. This includes popular models like the Desire and Droid Incredible as well as hotly anticipated phones like the Evo 4G, MyTouch slide and upcoming models. We will announce a full list of phones and dates once we are closer to launching the upgrades. We are working closely with Google and our other partners to ensure we have the earliest access to everything we need to provide a complete and solid Sense experience on Froyo. We expect to release all updates in the second half of this year but can’t be more specific yet,” HTC told AndroidCentral.
The disparate distribution of the latest version of Android to the platform’s many handsets is seen as a symptom of fragmentation. Andy Rubin, vice president of engineering at Google, yesterday addressed the problem with a bit of semantics.
“Some of the press has called this ‘fragmentation,’ and that’s probably the wrong word for this. The better word for it is ‘legacy.’ These phones and devices … the iteration … is incredibly fast,” Rubin told an audience of developers in a Q&A following the unveiling of the new operating system.
You can hear the entire exchange in the video below: