Jan 05 AT 7:06 PM Taylor Wimberly 12 Comments

Rogers Wireless confirms Android software updates for select phones

This morning we reported that Rogers Wireless would be the exclusive North American partner for the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, but we questioned if the Canadian carrier had learned from their upgrade issues.

It appears Rogers Wireless is on the ball because they actually reached out to us to clarify future updates for Android phones.

We know there has been a lot of interest from both you and your readers on the current status of the HTC Dream and HTC Magic with Rogers, and we wanted to reach out to you directly to let you know what users of these devices can expect.

While there has been a lot of confusion regarding software updates for these devices – we want to make sure that everyone knows that Rogers has been pushing hard to ensure the best possible outcome for all customers who have purchased an HTC Dream and Magic. Although we previously announced that we did not plan an upgrade to either device, we have reevaluated based on Rogers request and agreed to move forward.

First, we will be implementing an update for the 1.5 OS to both the HTC Dream and HTC Magic in the upcoming weeks. These will offer a number of benefits for these devices, including bringing the HTC Sense experience to the HTC Magic, although the OS version will remain 1.5.

By mid-year, HTC will issue an upgrade to Android 2.1, including the highly acclaimed HTC Sense experience for the HTC Magic.

However, due to certain limitations on the HTC Dream, the software path for the HTC Dream will not be developed beyond the next Android 1.5 update. While we regret not being able to offer the same updates to both devices, by bringing this upgrade to the HTC Magic, we are delivering the best solution possible given the situation at hand.

We also want to emphasize that the situation with HTC Dream and HTC Magic devices is true across markets, and is not limited to Canada.

While “Google Experience” devices built on the same platform (like the T-Mobile G1) do have different upgrade paths — this is due to the use of a stock Android build, rather than a custom build used on the HTC Dream and HTC Magic.Rogers Wireless

Sony Ericsson has announced that the Xperia X10 will “evolve” to Android 2.x, so hopefully this is good news for their customers.

Note that Rogers says the HTC Dream will not be getting the Android 2.1 update, but other devices like the T-Mobile G1 have “different upgrade paths”.

The latest T-Mobile rumors suggest the carrier is working on Android 2.x updates for the HTC Dream and Magic, but we have yet to receive any official confirmation. I have already stated my doubts that the G1 will ever get upgraded to Android 2.x, but maybe T-Mobile will find a way to surprise us all.

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  • http://Website Teri

    That’s great news! Go Rogers

  • Nico

    Just when I was about to give up and Root. Might still do it. I’d imagine that there will be some better ROM’s coming out. Can’t wait

  • http://Website Pat

    While I’m happy for the Magic users, I’m not pleased by this annoucement.

    I own 2 htc dreams and paying $140/month for the next 2.5yrs for unsupported and outdated phones.

    If the phones are already outdated, what’s going to happen in the next 2.5yrs of ownership?

    At this point I only have one option… root the phones.

    I just find it very sad that modders provide better support then these large companies and they do it for free.

    • http://Website anthonbe

      I would try to ask if you can upgrade your phone given the situation. If that does not work, you should root the phone.

      FYI, 2.0 & 2.1 for Dream is not finished and still in development by the android community. Drivers for camera are the biggest issues thus far. If you are looking for the eclair OS, you have to wait for a stable OS if you decided to root your phone.

  • http://Website chrisyak

    Until Rogers & HTC come up with some type of compensation for Dream users whether it be exchange of handsets,early termination of contracts or software upgrades this will not go away.Rogers and HTC are selling a outdated phone that they are not even willing to support and the phone should be pulled from their lineup or given away free with full disclosure of the issue and Rogers HTC Dream customers should be offered a compensation considering is very obvious the customer was mislead into what they were buying.

  • http://Website anonymous

    I disagree, when you purchased the g1 and signed the contract, did that contract say that rogers would be offering every OS update that comes out for Android?? of course they didnt, because they can’t offer something like that due to hardware limitations. Maybe google has put out a minimum set of specs for Android 2.1 with a 256 mb Ram minimum. Im not sure about any of this, but you should have been happy with the device when you purchased it or why would you purchase it at all, certainly not based on future updates.

  • http://www.twitter.com/rogersmary RogersMary

    Hi All – Wanted to provide you with the following update:

    It’s great to hear that everyone is pleased by HTC’s agreement to upgrade Magic to 2.1. We pushed hard on your behalf and are pleased with that part. When it comes to Dream, we share in your frustration that the device does not have the required on-board memory for an upgrade. We’ve reviewed this internally and believe that Dream users should be able to have the same HTC Android experience as those who purchased the Magic. So, we are offering our HTC Dream customers a limited time opportunity to upgrade from their current HTC Dream device to the HTC Magic.

    We’re working on finalizing the details of that promotion now but wanted to let you know the great news as soon as possible. Please be patient as this is not yet available in-store, online or through customer care. I will be back next week to provide you with more information.

    Thanks,
    Mary

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  • http://Website Dave

    Hold on. I am assuming that we all choose Android because it is not a locked down day care like the iPhone. I think we have to expect some upgrade/plateform/legacy issues as it all develops. I wouldn’t start pointing fingers.

  • http://Website Robert Yuna

    What have you heard about Rogers releasing the latest Sony Ericsson X10 updates which include the “pinch and squeeze” application as well as several other firmware improvements? This is NOT the 2.1 update which has proven to be good. This newest update will be smaller and will also contain improvements to “Timescape.” I am told that all of the Sony/Ericsson phones will contain most of these elements.

    Please tell us if there is a release date.