HTC Desire to get Gingerbread sooner rather than later

April 4, 2011
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Back in February, we reported that HTC was bringing Gingerbread to their HTC Desire line in the second quarter. Well it looks like they're ahead of schedule, at least in Europe, because a representative from ThreeUK has tweeted that they've begun testing Gingerbread today for the HTC Desire and should have it would at the end of the month or early next. That could make a sunny Spring for Brits who were looking to wait until at least summer for their gingy goodness. The update also looks to be coming to Desire owners in Sweden around the same time.

But what may cause some concern is the amount of internal storage space the Desire has to accommodate it. Users who have a lot of apps or games may find they have to make a choice. The solution suggested by some is to root your Desire in order to, install apps directly onto the SD card. Users can also get rid of the junk like the UI and go with a pure Google experience and save some space to boot.

And there's also the relative age of the Desire. Could it be that while users desire Gingerbread, they may be pushing the hardware past the limits of an enjoyable experience? That was the main beef iPhone 3g users had when iOS 4 came out, rendering the 3g albeit unusable. Sometimes too much of a good thing pushes the envelope too much.

[via Swedroid]


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  • Isi 070

    Is it coming in the netherlands earlier to or??? And how do you install it just software update??

  • Lucas Schirmer

    I’m running Gingerbread on my desire (cyanogenMod 7) an it’s really smooth without any freezes or problems. no speed lose compared to froyo, so it should be a problem for the hardware

    • Animeshdv

      it’s super fine with froyo too…….i love it the way it is……. with froyo and if i’ll get gingerbread it will be rocking…i m from androidforum hv tested the pre released version frm samfirmware;……

    • Animeshdv

      it’s super fine with froyo too…….i love it the way it is……. with froyo and if i’ll get gingerbread it will be rocking…i m from androidforum hv tested the pre released version frm samfirmware;……

  • Lucas Schirmer

    I’m running Gingerbread on my desire (cyanogenMod 7) an it’s really smooth without any freezes or problems. no speed lose compared to froyo, so it should be a problem for the hardware

  • Jedspink

    Gingerbread is not that much of an advance on Froyo, so spec-wise the Desire should be fine. Hope they put the newest Sense UI on the phone too. Not that does add quite a lot more, e.g. Locations, htcsense.com etc.

    • Animeshdv

      chutiye……….ui3.0 is compatible only with dual core processors…..gandiya saala

  • Jafooly

    If the phone has a 1ghz processor and 576mb RAM and also 480×800 AMOLED screen the hardware is easily good enough

  • bean head

    Gingerbread runs just fine on the Desire, I’m looking forward to the official version from HTC, without all the carrier crap. If Three had any sense they’d leave it be and give it to their users as vanilla as possible. But in the meantime I’m more than happy with Cyanogenmod 7.

  • http://twitter.com/florisvaneck Floris

    You can partition the HTC Desire’s internal memory with a better partition table (http://www.alpharev.nl), giving you much more disk space. I haven’t run into disk space problems ever since!

  • simon

    1) rooted desires run gingerbread just fine, sense ui is the biggest factor in bogging down the device.

    2) “all but”, not “albeit”.

  • Ts098071

    have to disagree about the hardware and Gingerbread – even moreso if you take Sense out of the mix. A clean Gingerbread Desire (Oxygen here, iow AOSP without Sense) is actually faster and more responsive than with 2.1 or 2.2 from HTC. Sense is nice, but after I’d become accustomed to it I was ready to move on to something less bloaty. Throw Alpharev into the mix with Oxygen and I’ve got a better, faster, less laggy phone than the day it was bought imho.

  • http://pcgeekblog.com Gouthaman Karunakaran

    Wouldn’t agree about HTC Desire’s hardware not sufficient for Gingerbread. If you’re aware, the Wildfire S that was announced earlier this year has only a 600MHz process but comes with Gingerbread-out-of-the-box. Google has also specifically said that the hardware requirement of Gingerbread is pretty much the similar to that of Android 2.1 and 2.2

  • CrimsonMaher

    I met a Google developer at one of their conferences last month and he confirmed that the Nexus One and subsequently Desire (since both have the same hardware basically) have sufficient hardware for Ice Cream, so no worries there.

  • Will

    Just put Gingerbread (Cyanogen) on my mates Wildfire. It now runs better than ever! The Desire will not break a sweat.

  • neezar

    Why the heck would you want to remove the stock UI from the Desire? HTC Sense, imo, is like awesome. Better than MotoBlur or TouchWIZ can ever be.

  • neezar

    Why the heck would you want to remove the stock UI from the Desire? HTC Sense, imo, is like awesome. Better than MotoBlur or TouchWIZ can ever be.

  • László Tenki

     Now it’s been 5+ weeks … I hope the project has not been canceled.

  • Anonymous

    Got a carrier free Desire still no update…

  • Anonymous

    My desire has been running smooth like butter on 2.3.3 Gingerbread courtesy of Leedroid.