The uber-popular ZTE Blade, commonly known as the Orange San Francisco, is set to receive a firmware update quite soon, potentially before the end of the month according to a French website.
One of the readers of Android France (opens in new tab) was sent an email following a query about when the Blade would updated.
A spokesperson for ZTE told him that an official FroYo 2.2 update would be available very soon, most probably in week 26, which is the last week of June (and the first half of 2011).
Some European mobile phone operators - like French SFT - have started to deliver the ZTE Blade with Android 2.2. installed rather than 2.1 as is the case in the UK.
Furthermore, the Blade has one of the most active independent user communities and not ony have custom ROMS been available for a while already but the release of Gingerbread 2.3.4 (opens in new tab) is said to be coming quite soon.
The Blade will be replaced by the Skate very soon but the latter doesn't bring many improvements to the former and is likely to be significantly more expensive as well.
What made the Blade an exceptional purchase was the fact that it combined some great features, like a 3.5-inch WVGA AMOLED screen and 512MB RAM, with a very decent price tag (as little as £80).