Mar 12 AT 12:20 PM Taylor Wimberly 11 Comments

Even the lowest HTC phone gets Android 2.1

We recently reported that every Android phone in the United States would receive Android 2.1, but many people still have their doubts about the T-Mobile G1 because of its limited internal storage.

Maybe the latest news from Frandroid will give you hope. They are reporting HTC will update the Tattoo to Android 2.1, which is one of the cheaptest Android phones. The Tattoo actually has more storage and memory than the G1, but this is still a positive sign that HTC is working to upgrade the firmware of as many Android phones as possible.

Here is the badly translated message Frandroid received from HTC:

“Kindly note we understand that now that a phone running Android OS 2.1 is available that you are excited to get an update for your Tattoo. We are still working hard to building Sense for this new version but we expect to have the upgrade finished and ready to go soon. Please understand that it takes time to customize any Android version to ensure you have the intuitive experience Sense provides, and we hope you can be patient for just a little while longer.”

Via: Android Community

Source: FrAndroid

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  • http://Website Jerryman

    2.1 can’t come soon enough to my HTC Magic. I bet it will take VodafoneUK at least 6 months to roll it out though.

  • ExtremeT

    That’s great about all these updates to all the Android phones with 2.1to help kill the fragmentation issue but I’m just concerned that the lower/older phones receiving the update won’t be able to run apps/games (mostly 3D games) well due to the hardware being older (ie storage, rom etc etc) and it’s kind of a waste of an update in that regard.

    Either way, it’s good news in the long run.

    • Taylor Wimberly

      There are already 3D games for Android that will not run in a playable framerate on the G1. See Raging Thunder 2.

    • http://Website Daniel

      …so what? People can still take advantage of multiple account syncing support, improved browser/WebView, infinite Calendar scrolling, the services manager, better Market (for those still stuck in 1.5, particularly), better app compatibility, and so on.

      It’s like saying upgrading the OS on an older computer is a waste because it still won’t be able to run the latest games.

      • ExtremeT

        Actually I’m saying it’s sort of a waste in some regards because the hardware can’t keep up, games are just one facet of the entire issue, same thing with apps and other features.

        Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for having 2.1 on my G1.

  • http://Website Drew

    I’m confused as to how this really would be reassuring news for G1 users. Sure, this “economy” phone shows that HTC is working to get all their devices updated, but as you stated, the phone has more memory and storage which is the exact reason that you speculate the G1 won’t get 2.1. Otherwise, the Tattoo has the exact same specs as the G1. The only drawback that makes the Tattoo a cheaper phone is the screen size. Otherwise, the Tattoo is actually an upgrade for the G1. Plus it’s the only phone (correct me if I’m wrong) that does SenseUI on top of Android 1.6.

    • http://Website Imad

      I don’t think Tattoo is an upgrade for the G1,it lacks some more things compared to G1 which are Capacitive Screen, No GPU, and Keyboard.

      • http://Website Drew

        Very true, but the issue that they make here is storage, which the Tattoo has plenty of for Android 2.1.

  • http://Website J. Mc


    Freaking 2.1 is working well on rooted G1s. The only problem we really have is that HTC is sitting on the video drivers for the 2.1 framework. Release those and we’ll be golden.

    This isn’t that hard.

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  • http://Website 6knowspring

    Good to hear, although I’m still (patiently… somewhat) waiting for 2.1 to be rolled out to my HTC Hero =\