HTC Desire Gingerbread Update release cancelled

HTC Desire Gingerbread Update release cancelled

HTC has announced its Desire handset will not be getting the Android upgrade it had promised. HTC has just announced on its Facebook page that it won’t be providing an Android Gingerbread update at all, citing insufficient memory for both the HTC Sense UI and Gingerbread on a device with 512 MB of ram.

HTC said, “Our engineering teams have been working hard for the past few months to find a way to bring Gingerbread to the HTC Desire withot compromising the HTC Sense experience you’ve come to expect from our phones.”

HTC Sense is easily one of the most heavily customized skins available for Android. HTC has done wonders with the OS, but its times like this that show just how annoying custom skins can be on devices. Sense may be beautiful, but what’s the point if the skin itself will keep the phone from receiving future updates? The statement above leaves something out that the manufacturer can’t fit into the Desire’s memory, and that’s the network’s bloatware apps.

Any chance of an official Android 2.3 update may be lost, but there’s still hope. Root that thing, grab one of the many custom ROMs out there, and enjoy all the Gingerbread you can handle. If you’ve never used a custom ROM before, CyanogenMod is a good place to start. It’s stable, supported, and… awesome.

Some reactions to the post included, “thats not good more than dissapointend, may need to rethink who will get my custom when phone is due for renewal”, and, “Gutted! Only got my Desire 3 months ago”.

We’ve contacted HTC, which confirmed that the post relates only to the Desire and not other versions like the Desire HD, which has already had the upgrade to Gingerbread.

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