December 19, 2009 | by Andrew Kameka
Imagine waiting weeks for word on when your phone would be updated, only to be told that you’ll be probably be waiting for a long time because it’s not coming. That’s what will happen to anyone who owns an HTC Dream or HTC Magic tied to Rogers Wireless.
HTC has updated its product support page to reflect that Rogers-branded Dream and Magic phones will not receive the Android Donut (1.6) firmware upgrade. Though T-Mobile and Vodafone subscribers have been granted access to the Donut branch of Android, Rogers customers are not so lucky. That means Rogers customers will miss out on the new camera and camcorder interface, quick search, Android Market, gestures, text-to-speech engine, and Google Maps Navigator.
HTC is not currently planning any Android 1.6 upgrades for Rogers Dream or Magic. Android 1.6 was only made available for “Google”-branded devices such as the G1. It is not available for HTC-branded products such as the Dream or Magic, which use Android 1.5. We believe that Android 1.5 is a stable and reliable software platform that delivers a terrific user experience
The phrase “not currently planning” makes it seem like this could change in the future, but don’t hold your breath for now. It’s unfortunate that HTC or Rogers would leave its customers hanging in this instance. The fact that Canadians are tied into 3-year contracts makes this situation even worse.