Vodafone crumble after forcing rubbish update on HTC Desire handsets
Vodafone are a pain in the arse sometimes aren't they? We've had our run-ins with them in the past, and now they're annoying customers by trying to foist the network's own software on HTC Desire owners. Mercifully, they've backed down.
Lasst week, they sent out an over-the-air update that installed a whole bunch of irremovable Vodafone 360 apps on the Desire, which of course, is more irritating than being stuck in a lift with Kriss Akabusi and Ainsley Harriot. The update included a Vodafone-branded start-up screen and added bookmarks to the device which including links to some dodgy looking dating site.
As such, Vodafone customers went mental and complained of being hoodwinked into installing software they didn't want in the first place whilst being under the impression of getting the latest version of the Android OS. At first, Vodafone refused to budge, but now, in an message posted on the Vodafone forums, the company has backed down.
"We’ve listened to feedback from customers on a number of points around the recent 360 Android 2.1 update and made some changes to the rollout plan. The Android 2.2 update for Vodafone HTC Desire users will be based on the HTC open market version of the software and we will customise it to ensure our network settings are installed.
For customers who have downloaded the recent 360 update for Android 2.1, we can confirm that the Android 2.2 update will remove the 360 applications and will leave the homepage and bookmarks on your current settings."