Feb 16 AT 10:14 PM Taylor Wimberly 23 Comments

Sprint working with manufacturers to deliver Android 2.1 updates by early Q2 2010

Carriers and handset makers are talking up Android 2.1 updates, but none have delivered one yet. The Verizon Motorola Droid update to Android 2.1 is expected to roll out soon, but many users with first generation phones have several more months of waiting.

Sprint could be the first U.S. carrier to upgrade their first-gen Android phones, when they start pushing out updates in early Q2 2010. Previous guidance from Sprint had estimated a release by 1H 2010 so it looks like the good progress report last month resulted in an earlier date.

The new timeline was tweeted by Sprint and we received the following statement from their communications team:

“Sprint expects to upgrade from Android 1.5 directly to 2.1 by early Q2 of 2010. We are currently working through the options for upgrades with the manufacturing partners. Whether we will push these updates over-the-air or through a tethered PC client will be announced around release date. We are working that out with HTC and Samsung.”Sprint PR

Distribution details of the updates are still being worked out and customers could receive them through a number of channels. The HTC Hero has received several minor OTA updates in the past while some Samsung Moment users were forced to take their phone to a Sprint repair center.

T-Mobile and Verizon are also planning to update their phones to Android 2.1, but we are still waiting to get a specific time frame. A source from BGR said some phones like the CLIQ could get an update in Q1, but Motorola recently set the record straight and announced Q2 2010.

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  • http://Website C. Drizzle

    Android 2.1 will not initially come with adobe flash. but Adobe plans to send the update to Android 2.0 and up.

  • http://Website kassdog

    Will 2.1 for the hero give us animated backgrounds.

  • http://Website Quasar

    What is taking these phone manufacturers so long to get out these updates to 2.1? In today’s smartphone market, customers expect updates when a new version of the OS is released. The manufacturers should all know this and should have the updates ready by now. If they all want to have their own custom UIs, then they need to plan ahead for any future updates so their customers get the updates in a timely manner. If they want to create customer loyalty, then it seems to me that they will have to do more. I mean, my Nexus One already got one update and it’s still very new. With that type of service, I don’t know why anybody would want to buy an Android phone with a custom UI or that isn’t sold directly from Google themselves. It just doesn’t seem worth it.

  • http://Website C1B3R$NYP3R

    I’m really getting tired of Sprint saying they are going to release an update just to skip it! If your going to release it thats great but for now I’m not holding my breath.

  • http://Website WX

    The OS has been out for 6 months. Why can’t HTC get their OS on a phone. Guess what my next phone is going to be….and do not guess HTC!!! These phones are crap….

    • http://Website Quasar

      It’s not just HTC. It’s Samsung (the Moment on Sprint) and all the other manufacturers too. HTC makes great hardware. That’s another thing I like about the N1 beyond the fact that updates for it are actually in Google’s own hands rather than some third party company.

  • http://Website Bobby

    I’d rather them release it when it’s ready rather than push out just to have issues with it.

    • http://Website Trick

      It is ready dumn ass. The reason why everyone is complaining is that it has not been sent out by Sprint. If you don’t know tech then stay off the god damn forums…. Doosh!!

    • http://Website Jay

      What an idiot. “When it is ready”. How hard is it to get a phone to work in the 21st century. Bet you don’t know how to use the internet on your phone!!

    • http://Website GYTU

      STFU you looser! That is same crap Apple users use to sound knowledgeable. “It just works”…. Sprint does have a working copy and it runs. They just have to support the roll out and that is what they cannot handle. Don’t comment on posts if you are just fucking ignorant……..

    • http://Website Smith

      Let me get on this waste of a human being too. F-you!!! and the all mighty STFU!!! Bet that guy can’t even decipher what we are talking about…..”I just know what AARP stands for”…..

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  • http://Website Steve

    When are they going to release that steam pile? Android phones are the most scattered and broken up technology I have ever seen. No central anything, its a free for all of biblical proportions. Not only can they not get a new OS on a phone, the apps are all over the place. I am amazed it even makes phone calls…….

    • http://Website Erick

      is your last name by any chance Jobs?

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