HTC and Vodafone updates budget Android phone

Wildfire melting to Froyo

Mobile phone network Vodafone has announced they are updating the budget HTC Wildfire handset to Android ‘Froyo’ 2.2 – today.

HTC made public the news over Facebook, in a post that reads: “We know many of you have been asking for information about an update for your Wildfire. Well, we have good news! Android 2.2 (aka Froyo) on Wildfire is scheduled to begin rolling out this week in Europe, reaching all areas of the world by February.”

Vodafone posted a tweet around the same time that reads: “Good news for Vodafone HTC Wildfire owners – #Android 2.2 is being rolled out from this morning!” – with a link to a note on their support forums.

HTC’s budget Wildfire mobile phone was unveiled in May this year, with a 3.2-inch TFT LCD QVGA capacitive touch screen, with a 5 megapixel camera, a 528Mhz processor, whilst running Android ‘Éclair’ 2.1 with the HTCSense overlay.

The name of the phone came from a poll by HTC on Facebook, with people voting on the name of the handset with 50-percent of the votes going to Wildfire and 24-percent going to Zeal.

Android ‘Froyo’ 2.2 brings to the HTC Wildfire the ability to turn the phone into a WIFI hotspot, installing applications to an SD card, enhancements to both the camera application and Bluetooth, along with overall speed increase and stability improvements.

There are some updates that come part and parcel of Foyo that won’t be available, such as Flash support and Live wallpapers – due to the limitations of the Wildfire’s hardware.

Vodafone customers with the HTC Wildfire will have an OTA (Over The Air) update message, informing users that Android 2.2 is available although using WIFI is still preferable due to the file size.

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