HTC has announced that its current batch of handsets, or at least some of them, will “definitely” be updated to the latest iteration of Android, version 2.3, AKA Gingerbread.
Unlike LG which claimed its Ominia line could not be updated due to the OS requiring handsets to sport a minimum 1GHz processor, HTC has better news to share with its fans.
It said in a statement: "We are excited about the OS update coming for Android, and while HTC will definitely have some phones running this OS, we do not have a specific timeframe for new phones or updates at this time. Please stay tuned for more details."
Although it did not mention specifics as to which handsets in its stable will be the first to benefit from the update, spy shots of the HTC Evo 4G stateside have already emerged showing the handset running the latest firmware, which suggests the Desire HD may be the first, as it is essentially the UK version of the Evo sans the 4G capabilities.
Android Gingerbread is home to a flurry of new features and improvements, not least of which include UI refinements, improved battery life, a redesigned on-screen keyboard with enhanced copy & paste, VoIP/SIP support and many more.
The most noteworthy feature, however, is Near Field Communications (NFC), which enables handsets to communicate with other devices over a short distance via a high-frequency transmission that Google claims could transform the handset into a credit card.