Several MoDaCo forum members have been contacting Huawei and requesting an Android 2.x update for the T-Mobile UK Pulse (U8220). It looks like they got the attention of the Chinese handset maker after a user posted the following response from Huawei.
We are planning to develop the ROM 2.0 and 2.1, the ROM 2.0 may be released before April and at the same time we need to get approval from T-Mobile.
Customers can get this information from the T-Mobile website when the new firmware is released and approved by T-Mobile.
Many thanks.Huawei support
The response is a little rough, but it was probably translated from Chinese so I think it is believable.
T-Mobile UK has discontinued the Pulse so it remains unsure if the carrier will officially approve the update. Hopefully this report turns out to be true and Huawei finds a way to get this update into the hands of customers who purchased the phone.
Huawei is trying to break into the United States smartphone market so we will keep an eye to see how they handle the process. The Pulse features similar specs (CPU and RAM) as the HTC Hero and Magic (which are receiving an upgrade to Android 2.1) so hopefully Huawei doesn’t run into any technical difficulties in providing an upgrade.
p.s. In every story about Android 2.x upgrades I’m going to post the latest about the status of the G1. I contacted T-Mobile again, but they did not respond. Boo :(