No Android Gingerbread for HTC Desire

June 14, 2011
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Bad news if you were holding out for Android 2.3 Gingerbread on your HTC Desire. The company has announced that, despite its engineers working on the upgrade "for the past few months," memory concerns will see it scrapped.

Previously, carriers had told Desire owners they could likely expect the Gingerbread update at the end of April or early May. Unfortunately, it seems HTC couldn't get both Android 2.3 and Sense to play nicely together in what memory the Desire had to offer:

"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." HTC

Unsurprisingly, the news isn't going down well among Desire owners, many of whom are still inside their original agreement from when they first bought the handset. Of course, they could head over to xda-developers where there are several unofficial ROMs to be had, bringing the smartphone up to speed with Gingerbread.

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in!]


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  • Never!!!

    Suck HTC! Firstly the lcd display (I hate it) and now this? Shit!
    Since now I’ll never buy phones/tablets by htc.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=587486134 Jonathan Ross

      get over it.

      • Imran Ahmed

        Fuck you bitch. 

      • Imran Ahmed

        Fuck you bitch. 

      • Anonymous

        That’s no way for a Muslim to talk.

      • ismawi

        Agree

      • Dan

        why are assuming he’s muslim just because his names Imran?

      • http://anonymoo5e.myopenid.com/ anonymoo5e

        Yeah, cause that’s such a stretch of imagination.

      • Anonymous

        That’s no way for a Muslim to talk.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeff.shultz Jeff Shultz

    Were they afraid that if they didn’t include Sense the users would discover they liked it better?

    • Anonymous

      Oooh, burn.

    • Anonymous

      Oooh, burn.

  • http://anonymoo5e.myopenid.com/ anonymoo5e

    Desire users and the carriers are being sold a load of goods by HTC here, obviously.  Hacked ROMs show the phone WILL run Gingerbread.. just not Gingerbread AND their gimped Sense UI.  THIS is exactly the sort of bullshit that Google needs to stamp out- whether its HTC, or Motorola or any other Android manufacturer because it won’t be HTC getting the brunt of the bad press from this, it’ll be Google.

  • Anonymous

    Oh rly, HTC? How come there’s tons of Sense-enabled Gingerbread ROMS floating around? Fail at reasoning there, HTC.

  • HTC :(

    XDA here i come. HTC :(

  • Fvbasques

    any clue about Desire Z

  • Infinidim

    having just been on the HTC UK Facebook page it looks like 2.3 for the Desire is now back on.

  • Infinidim

    having just been on the HTC UK Facebook page it looks like 2.3 for the Desire is now back on.

  • Infinidim

    having just been on the HTC UK Facebook page it looks like 2.3 for the Desire is now back on.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=681691064 Steinar Slettedal

    Hey people!! I read this on the HTC facebook page:

    “To resolve Desire’s memory issue and enable the upgrade to Gingerbread, we will cut select apps from the release. Look for status updates starting next week. We apologize for any confusion.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=681691064 Steinar Slettedal

    Hey people!! I read this on the HTC facebook page:

    “To resolve Desire’s memory issue and enable the upgrade to Gingerbread, we will cut select apps from the release. Look for status updates starting next week. We apologize for any confusion.”