It appears very much that the folks at Telstra will be pushing HTC down a flight of stairs with its release of Gingerbread for the HTC Desire. If you remember back a few days ago, there appears to be mistaken information regarding HTC’s news bomb that noted the Desire would never be getting Android 2.3 Gingerbread – they later recanted and said they WOULD be doing the update, but Telstra appears to not want to deal with the whole situation at all, saying on their smartphone Software Updates page that they’d be releasing a version of Gingerbread for the Desire in August that does not include Sense UI.
This is wacky, and totally unheard of. How could Telstra possibly do such a thing, won’t HTC go crazy with regret and loathing for an unfair and under fair world? I suppose we can’t be sure now, can we. The release from Telstra reads thusly:
Due to the increased memory requirements of the ‘Gingerbread’ update, new software that does not include HTC’s Sense UI is being prepared.
Them’s fighting words methinks. This update is said to be coming in August, and there’s some… doubt, being cast by onlookers. It doesn’t exactly seem possible, since it is indeed a unique situation, that a manufacturer like HTC would work with a carrier to release an update to their hardware’s software without their custom user interface, especially when they’ve already confirmed that they’ll be putting out the Android update with the interface intact.
HTC’s latest word said that they’d “cut select apps” in order to resolve the memory issue Telstra speaks of above. The following was written by HTC:
“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.”
That was on the 16th of June, and we still aren’t really clear on what that statement means. You can also check back with the original release of the destructive “no update” comment for more information, but you’ll find nothing, nothing Lebowski, nothing!