HTC has confirmed to Pocket-lint that "most phones launched this year will get an upgrade to [Android] 2.2". following the announcement that Google will be releasing the latest version of the mobile phone OS in the next couple of weeks.

However, those hoping that they're newly bought HTC Desire or HTC Legend will be getting the Google Android 2.2 update, previously called Froyo, before the summer, think again.

Our man in HTC has told us the bad news that "updates will come in the second half of the year".

"As we get closer to readiness, we'll reveal a full list, but for now have started with the most popular models like Desire [in the UK] and Droid Incredible [in the US] as well as some of the hotly anticipated new phones.

One HTC handset that is likely to get the 2.2 update, however, is the Nexus One from Google. Made by HTC for Google it doesn't have the Sense UI skin interface and therefore is easier to roll out a new update.

The new update brings with it a number of new features like the ability to turn your mobile phone into a wireless hotspot as well as the usual speed and usability enhancements.

The news is unlikely to be any consolation to HTC Hero owners who've been waiting almost a year for an update beyond version 1.6. It looks like just as they plan to get the Android 2.1 update (expected in June) the carrot has been moved further ahead once again.

HTC hasn't confirmed if any handsets released prior to 2010 will be getting the Android 2.2 update.