Rogers and HTC started off 2010 on a good note when they announced that an appropriate Android 1.5 update will be released for both the HTC Dream and Magic later this year which will bring a number of enhances to these Android phones as well as the new Sense UI. Unfortunately though, HTC Dream owners are a bit on a disadvantage here. They go on to reveal that an Android 2.1 will also be made available by mid-year but will only be for Magic since their roadmap for the HTC Dream does not include development beyond Android 1.5.
So, what’s the next best thing an HTC Dream owner can do if he/she wishes to get Android 2.1? Well, barring any complications, you can upgrade to the HTC Magic soon. Mobilesyrup got an email from Rogers announcing their plans to come out with a limited time offer where HTC Dream owners can upgrade to the HTC Magic. Below is the copy of the email sent to them:
This is Mary and I’m with Rogers online communications team. Since you’ve been following the Rogers/HTC Android story, I wanted to provide you with an update. As you know, HTC announced this week that as a result of our pushing for an upgrade, they would offer 2.1 for HTC Magic but not HTC Dream.
We now have a statement prepared in response that I’m happy to be able to share with you:
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.
This is certainly a nice gesture on Rogers’ part. However, when they do come out with this upgrade offer, we do wish that they have other handsets options available as opposed to the HTC Magic only because, quite frankly, that Android phone is already on shaky ground. It's old and outdated, and who know up until when future Android OS versions will remain compatible with it. I’d feel much safer if they had more current Android phones to offer as an alternative, say the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 perhaps?