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Vodafone will remove 360 apps from HTC Desire

Mobile network backtracks on forced upgrade

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

Last week, the mobile network's forums were swamped with complaints from HTC Desire owners after the 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.

Initially a Vodafone spokesperson told PC Advisor that the mobile operator planned to have its 360 apps embedded on the handset when launched, just like they were on the HTC Legend. However, the software to do this had only recently been made available, so the update was pushed out to ensure "the experience on the Desire was in-line with other handsets available from the network".

Vodafone also said the apps were non-removeable.

However, the mobile network has now backtracked and posted a message on its forum saying the forthcoming Android 2.2 update will remove the unwanted 360 apps.

"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," Vodafone said.

"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."

Vodafone said it would make the 360 apps available to download from the Android Market for those mobile phone owners that want them. The mobile network also said it expects the Android 2.2 update to be ready in "7 to 10 days time".

See also: HTC forced to swap from AMOLED to SLCD displays

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