Virgin Media has begun rolling out Android 2.2, AKA Froyo, to HTC Desire users, bringing a sweet set of new features to the best-selling handset.
The update arrives a good deal later than it has on other networks - something that's prompted no small amount of grousing from customers. However, we’re sure that all will be forgiven if the carrier can ensure that it’s not hamstrung by some of the glitches that have affected rollouts on other networks.
Virgin Media stated: "I can confirm that we've started sending out the Froyo update as of 9am this morning, however this is only for customers on our Virgin specific firmware (1.23.351.1).
“Customers on the original firmware (1.15.405.4) will need an update to the 1.23.351.1 firmware first before they can install the Froyo update, but we expect this should be available in the next few days.”
As you might expect, Desire owners are advised to use a Wi-Fi connection due to the size of the update and back up any data stored on their handset before starting the download.
New features the update offers are:
- Ability to save applications to the SD card
- Compatibility with more Android Market Place apps
- Facebook updates and birthday reminders on the call screen
- Option to secure phone with PIN or password (as well as pattern)
- Use the device as a portable Wi-Fi hotspot
- Flashlight app now preinstalled (use the camera flash as a torch)
- LED light now available in camcorder mode
- HD video record
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