Today Sprint posted a short — and somewhat confusing — news announcement on their blog today that ended up causing a bit of a stir in their customer community:
“As work on finalizing the software is under way, Sprint expects to launch Android 2.2 in the near future. It also will be available as an upgrade on the recently launched HTC EVO 4G.”
The statement made it seem as though Android phones other than the Evo 4G would get the upgrade, but apparently this is not so. When customers started asking whether the Samsung Moment or HTC Hero would also get 2.2, the original poster (JGatSprint) stated that they would not. I guess that means only the other Android phones coming to Sprint soon will have FroYo.
Hero and Moment owners are understandably upset. Both of these phones are less than a year old, but will not get updates to enhance their functionality. The false hope some felt due to the sloppy sentence construction didn’t help, either.
The other frustrating thing about this news is that it’s so unspecific. “Near future” isn’t a time frame, it’s vague handwaving. Work may be “under way,” but it’s not even clear from the announcement where Sprint and/or HTC are in the process of tweaking FroYo to work on the Evo and whatever other phones will come down the line. So, we can expect 2.2 on the Evo someday and other Android phones before or after that. Hooray?