The budget Android-powered HTC Wildfire will get an update to Android 2.2 Froyo as soon as this week in Europe, while the rest of the world will have it by February, according to a Facebook post by HTC. We never doubted that the small and affordable handset was capable of running even Gingerbread, but it is still good to see that HTC will roll out an official Froyo update.
And some users have already updated, so you might want to check out if the update is already available in your area. Originally, the 3.2-inch handset runs the 2.1 Eclair version of Android and is facing some tough competition from other similarly specced handsets like the LG Optimus One or Samsung Galaxy 3.
You might know that these devices are among the cheapest smartphones around, but word from different sources is that Android smartphones will get even cheaper next year. The Russian market, for example, is soon expected to see an Android phone with a QVGA screen and with a retail price tag of $115. And this is just one of many to hit the market. No word about the availability of those phones in the U.S., but Europe should be getting them in the second quarter of 2011. So, should we start singing the smartphones-in-every-pocket mantra already or wait until next year comes?