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No Gingerbread treats for HTC Desire

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Desire owners, you might want to sit down for this. We have some bad news.

HTC has posted on its UK Facebook page that there will be no Gingerbread (Android 2.3) firmware update for the incredibly popular HTC Desire smartphone. This is contrary to an earlier commitment by the company to release an update for the original Desire in line with updates for the more recent Desire Z and Desire HD handsets. According to the Facebook post, the issue relates to a lack of memory:

Our engineering teams have been working hard for the past few months to find a way to bring Gingerbread to the HTC Desire without compromising the HTC Sense experience you've come to expect from our phones. However, we're sorry to announce that we've been forced to accept there isn't enough memory to allow us both to bring Gingerbread and keep the HTC Sense experience on the HTC Desire. We're sincerely sorry for the disappointment that this news may bring to some of you.

The Desire, which was updated to the 2.2 Android firmware in October last year, runs on 576MB RAM, which, as many pundits point out, is more memory than the new Wildfire S uses; a phone with both Gingerbread and the Sense UI. That said, HTC's customer service track record is pretty solid to date, and it seems unlikely to us that the company would risk its hard-earned good will to force customers into an early upgrade.

If you're a tech savvy Desire owner looking to upgrade using unofficial methods, check out our guide to rooting your Desire, and consider some of the more popular Gingerbread ROMs on the XDA Developers Forum.

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LangC posted a comment   

Well to be honest, I used to have the HTC Desire. Don't get me wrong, it's not at all a bad phone but it has been overtaken (in terms of hardware specifications) by many newer phones. I think HTC will not be releasing any more official updates for the HTC Desire but I'm sure there's a way to do it youself.


WillW1 posted a comment   

So now the Desire joins the league of phones that no longer cut it? I have an X10 mp that isn't going past 2.1. This whole Android thing is beginning to get some major cracks in it. Slow, if ever updates, dodgy apps, terrible battery life etc. These "we are not giving you any more upgrades" are more confusing when the XDA guys (legends) manage to do it in a matter of days/weeks.
Are we going to get some kind of manufacturer guarantee for updates (after Sony said they 'may') or be able to buy phones with out any of the companies bloatware which seems to be one of the main hurdles?


RitikK posted a comment   

Will this also apply to the telstra version? The telstra website still lists gingerbread for the HTC Desire, with an update expected sometime in June


ozoneocean posted a comment   

Interesting. If so many developers have been able to mange it I imagine the reasons are different- Perhaps they really mean they haven't been able to easily work out an upgrade method that retains and transports across user pretences and other saved data on the phone?
I dunno, anyway, it's obviously possible to do and has been done satisfactorily, they just can't do it themselves... Perhaps try iring through XDA?

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