The highly anticipated notification finally appeared on Sunday night when I had checked my HTC Desire for software updates.

Yes, the much vaunted update to Android OS version 2.2 has finally come to the HTC Desire. The HTC Desire is now up-to-date with the latest version of Android and it now increases the value proposition of owning the device. HTC, apart from Motorola is a prime handset manufacturer spearheading the Android platform. HTC’s advantage over Motorola is its more widespread distribution and its unique HTC Sense UI(user interface) which is by far, the best UI out there gracing the Android platform.

I had postponed the upgrade to Monday, lest a problematic upgrade leading to a sleepless night.

The upgrade process was quite straightforward and painless. It was update was performed via Wifi as it was an over-the-air update(OTA update). There was no need to perform the update via a software updater on your PC or Mac. Magic!

Several pointers prior to the upgrade process:

  • Make sure your phone has a healthy battery capacity (at least 60%).
  • Do not perform the upgrade while your device is connected to a computer via a USB charging cable. You may be merely charging the device but the phone’s system will read the device as a mounted SD card and will abort the upgrade. You will not encounter this problem when the device is being charged via a wall socket.
  • Make sure that you have at least 25MB of internal memory space. If you need to free up the internal memory of the phone, you can either delete unwanted applications or back up applications with programs such as the ASTRO file manager.

Here are sequential pictures of the upgrade process.

1. The upgrade notification window with some standard caveats from HTC.

2. The download is in progress.

3. The built in backup utility process is underway.

4. The phone restarts.

5. The standard screen lock appears. So far, so good.

6. The install window appears.

7. Update successful!

8.The device restarts and my backed up data is being restored.

9. The standard keyboard tutorial begins. You can skip this process if you have done this before.

10. Ready to go!