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No over-the-air Android OS updates coming from Sprint

November 3, 2009 | by Robert Nelson

Carriers, Sprint

No over-the-air Android OS updates coming from Sprint

In a little bit of disappointing news, it looks like it has been confirmed (at least for now) that Sprint will not be offering any OTA (over the air) updates for Android. This latest confirmation comes by way of Android and Me who seem to have spent some time digging through chat logs from the previous conversation with David Owens.

Anyway, when asked if Android 1.6 and 2.0 updates would be over the air, David stated in that chat, the updates are:

“Likely to be a wired update (due to size) but you will be able to do online at sprint.com.”

Unfortunately, this does not confirm that Sprint will be releasing either 1.6 or 2.0, but it does confirm that the over-the-air updates will not be happening.

Now, personally this is not that big of a deal. I can easily hook my phone up and perform the update. But at the same time there are many regular, non-geek users that are beginning to see Android. Except they are seeing a phone and what it can do, not the fact that it is running Android.

These are the types that will likely be hurt by the lack of over-the-air updates. Mainly because people often do not think of their phone as something that needs to be updated.

I can only hope that Sprint will see the difference in customer types here and realize that non-techies will not see the benefits in future versions of Android and change this decision.