Earlier this week, HTC announced that it would start selling handsets in China under its own brand name in a partnership with China Mobile, a significant sign of how far HTC has come over the past few years as the company previously relied on the stronger brand of strategic partner Dopod in the territory. Starting with a line-up of four handsets including the Desire, Wildfire, Tianxi (an HD2 variant), and a new budget Android phone called the Tianyi, the company is looking to hit the ground running.
Where it gets interesting for everyone else is that the company has confirmed that all three of the Android handsets will be shipping with Android 2.2 Froyo with Sense UI. This development bodes very well for the company's plans to roll out the Froyo update for all its other existing Android handsets worldwide, something which HTC has mentioned is ready to take place very soon. With HTC's China launch set for around September, the chances of getting Froyo on our Desires, Evo 4Gs, and Legends around the same time is looking like a distinct possibility. Less powerful devices such as the Wildfire and Tianyi shipping with Froyo is also a possible indication that the update may reach some of the older handsets and not just the latest models.
Updated 07/30/2010: HTC has officially got the update ball rolling by announcing that Android 2.2 Froyo will be heading for unlocked HTC Desire handsets in Europe starting this weekend. There is also good news for EVO 4G owners, with Sprint announcing availability of the update, and notifications set to go out starting on the 3rd August. Eager users can initiate the update themselves through Settings -> System Updates -> HTC Software Update. With Froyo finally reaching some of HTC's flagship devices, it's surely only a matter of time before the rest of the line-up also join the party.[HTC China via Engadget]