HTC Flyer gets Honeycomb update

It landed in the first half of 2011 and we reviewed it back in May, fairly reasonably as it happens. But one thing perhaps held it back – the operating system. Funnily enough, we have good news on that front.

HTC has started rolling out Android 3.2 Honeycomb for the HTC Flyer, although it's not straightforward. According to Engadget, the rollout was first spotted on the 32GB 3G + Wi-Fi model rather than on all models of the tablet, leading to rumours that only the higher-end models would get the enhanced, tablet-friendly version of Android. Thankfully, HTC has now come clean on the upgrade.

Using the medium of Facebook, the company confirmed that the 3G models of the Flyer in Europe are starting to receive the update right now, along with the latest version of HTC Sense for Tablet, with enhanced internet browsing, mail, calendar and more all optimised for the seven-inch screen. That was the one major criticism of the original device in our review, so this really is big news.

But there is a downside to this. We don't know how the update will filter through if you bought your Flyer via a mobile network. These things always take longer. Also, HTC still hasn't offered concrete details about an update for the Wi-Fi versions of the flagship tablet. The only detail we have is 'soon'. Perhaps the rollout is just being staggered, as there's no reason why the over the 210MB over-the-air update should be massively different between the two variations of the device.

In other words, keep checking. It should be there soon.

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