No Gingerbread For The HTC Desire :(

Bad news for all folks that have been eagerly waiting for news of the Gingerbread (2.3) update for the HTC Desire.  Unfortunately HTC announced earlier today on their UK Facebook page that the HTC Desire will in fact not be receiving the long-awaited update to the latest version of the Android OS.

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.

The reasoning might not appear to be most convincing to some users, especially considering that a number of 2.3 Sense ports for the Desire are already available on XDA, however it’s a shame for users who aren’t familiar or confident in rooting their phone and are forced to stick with the current installed version of Android on their HTC Desire.

I guess the biggest let down is the fact that at the start of this year HTC actually stated that the Desire WOULD be getting the Gingerbread update and got many of us impatiently waiting for June to arrive and bring us our ginger flavoured treat.

It’s a shame that the only real update HTC were able to provide Desire owners was Froyo, and that was only 2 months after the phone release date.  Sad day for Desire owners, but I know plenty (including myself) are happy to use their phone as it is and will continue to use it for the foreseeable future.

  • This is a real bummer, it’s just annoying how they been stringing us along and at the last minute tell us “oh by the way maties, no Gingernuts for you!”

    Anyway let’s face it, if you want the real goodness and freedom from HTC’s slow update cycles, a custom ROM is invenitable.

    I’m looking at installing InsertCoin/CM7 as shown here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1i8XrQt5T38 — it’s basically porting the HTC Desire HD ROM onto the original Desire, with improvements, etc. Apparently the whole ROM fits inside the NAND space, so it never needs to access the SD for OS operations unlike a like of ROMs, which makes it incredibly fast.

    What do you recon? Backup and go for it?

  • This statement has since been revoked and they are now saying that 2.3 IS coming to the desire. “http://www.facebook.com/htcuk/posts/225857300777092”

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