No Android 2.3 Gingerbread for HTC Desire

UPDATE HTC reversing decision, HTC Desire to get Gingerbread update

Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Well it looks like its not for everyone.

Unfortunately, HTC Desire users are not going to get an update to Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Here’s the note from the HTC Facebook page,

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.

That’s right, HTC wants to keep the HTC Sense UI and because of it, there isn’t enough space for Gingerbread. So you can keep your Eclair 2.1 running Android HTC Desire device. Now that’s a huge disappointment. HTC is not going to update an Android phone to the latest OS because of memory space limitation due to its UI.


Regarding the memory space limitation, note that the HTC Desire only has 512MB of ROM. The upcoming HTC Chacha and HTC Salsa also only have 512MB of ROM. However, these two phones will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread with HTC Sense UI installed. Kind of confused here, how come the HTC Desire can’t have Gingerbread again? Would love to have another explanation than memory limitation.

I hope more companies follow Virgin Mobile who is selling only stock Android now, no more manufacturers UI on their phone.

If you are desperate to have the latest Android OS installed on your HTC Desire, you can always root your device. Note that this affects only HTC Desire smartphones, not the HTC Desire HD, this phone is already running Android 2.3 Gingerbread.


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