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Vodafone Desire Update Adds Unexpected Apps

Vodafone has released an over-the-air firmware update for the HTC Desire smartphone, adding a set of Vodafone-branded applications.

Tech news site Cnet reports that the company forced the update on users as part of its operating system update, disappointing many owners.

The Vodafone-branded applications include a music shop, a web browser with the official Vodafone website set as the home page and Vodafone 360 social networking platform and a Vodafone restart animation.

Angry that the update was not Android 2.2, users expressed their dissatisfaction on the Vodafone forums.

One user wrote: “Can someone from Vodafone please explain to your paying customers why you are able to get an update out the door full of branding and unwanted Vodafone applications when you know full well all anyone wants is Froyo.”

In a statement, Vodafone said: "To ensure the handset is optimised for performance on Vodafone, we will sometimes add or remove certain functions. As an example, we would remove an App that only worked in America (e.g. Netflix) to avoid confusion for people trying to use it in the UK. We also remove other operators' settings from the handset to free up onboard memory."