FROYO: European Update This Weekend – Official From HTC

“The Android 2.2 (FroYo) update for HTC Desire will start rolling out across Europe this weekend. As well as including the complete set of Android 2.2 features, the update will contain a few special additions of our own through the latest iteration of HTC Sense. The update will provide 720p video capture, HTC’s App Share widget, as well as our enhanced HTC Caller ID, and improved multi-language keyboard. Also, though the update, HTC Sync will allow HTC Desire users to sync their music with iTunes.

HTC Desire users will be notified that the over-the-air update is available to download when their phone automatically checks for software updates. The update won’t delete any of the phone’s content. However, due to the size of the update, we would advise using a WiFi connection to download it wherever possible to avoid additional data charges.

This update will initially roll-out to unlocked HTC Desire handsets. Operator specific versions of the update are undergoing testing and we expect to make them available in several weeks’ time.”

Some very nice features mentioned including syncing iTunes Music via HTC Sync, 720p Video Recording and the App Sharing app.  No doubt they’ll have more surprises in stock for us too!  You can read my full review of Froyo here

In order to prepare for the update I would recommend backing up your phone just in case the update does wipe some of your data.  You might also want to make note of your homescreens layout because I know from the past update that people’s homescreens were reset, and wouldn’t be surprised if an update as big as this did the same!  You can find the tutorial on how to backup here.  Bear in mind that you can get a full featured 30-day trial of MyBackup for free (which is plenty time to backup, update and restore your phone).  If you like the app do buy it though, I class it as one of my must haves.

If you’ve rooted your phone the easiest solution I’d recommend is wait for the update.zip to appear on XDA.  It’ll be exactly the same update which you can just copy to SD card and install using the recovery image.  Alternatively, you can easily unroot your phone using the guide here and then wait for the OTA.  If you get an error during unroot then you may need to create a goldcard first using this guide

UPDATE: Forcing Your Phone To Receive Froyo

If you have a branded phone but want to install Froyo then you can use this guide to debrand your phone.  Once you’ve completed the process you can restart your phone and check for updates – Froyo should be there.  Please remember to backup everything on your phone first – debranding performs a full factory reset.
Thanks to geeK_0 for the link!