Sprint today confirmed that the Sprint HTC Hero will not be getting the Android 2.2 (Froyo) update later in the year. Only newly released handsets such as the HTC EVO 4G will be getting the Froyo update.
Whilst the news is hardly surprising, it probably doesn’t give much confidence that a phone less than a year old has already been abandoned. However, given how long it has taken HTC to deliver the Android 2.1 update, it could be a long wait before Android 2.2 turns up. I imagine that given this news, HTC is unlikely to provide a v2.2 update for GSM HTC Hero’s either.
Sprint expects to launch Android 2.2 in near future
As work on finalizing the software is under way, Sprint expects to launch Android 2.2 in the near future.
Sorry for any confusion created when we initially made this announcement. HTC EVO 4G will receive the 2.2 update, Samsung Moment and HTC Hero will not. Future devices launching with 2.1 also will be updated to 2.2
With the Android 2.2 upgrade, customers can expect improvements to include the following benefits: updates to user interface, improved EAS Support, improved browser performance, including Flash 10x Support, voice dialling over Bluetooth and application storage on external memory.