Vodafone U-turns on dodgy Android app installs

Vodafone has said it will remove the 360 Vodafone apps that were installed on HTC Desire handsets during an upgrade.

However, users will have to wait until the next update until the “non removable” apps can be binned.

Last week, Vodafone faced the wrath of its customers after HTC Desire buyers took to the forums complaining that an update, which many expected to be ‘Froyo’ – version 2.2 of the Google Android operating system – left new apps on their handset, along with a Vodafone start-up screen and shortcuts to websites.

At the time Vodafone said that the apps were non removable and that the update was pushed out to ensure “the experience on the Desire was in-line with other handsets available from the network”.

However, the network provider has now done not a 360, but a 180, backtracking and updating a message on its forum with new details.

“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 roll out plan,” it said.

“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.”

It said disgruntled customers who had downloaded the recent 360 update for Android 2.1 would be able to remove these apps. However they would have to wait for the Android 2.2 update will remove these, which will be ready in around seven to ten days.