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 simple guide shows you how to install an official update file for the Desire.  This doesn’t involve rooting, debranding or anything of that sort.  It’s the equivalent of manually installing an OTA update for your phone.

Note: It’s worthwhile backing up all your data before installing any update (even if you’re installing an OTA) just in case it does perform a wipe.

  1. First of all you’ll need the update file
  2. Make sure the update file is called update.zip – rename it if you need to
  3. Copy this file to your SD card – make sure it’s in the top-level, not in a folder
  4. Turn off your phone
  5. Hold down Volume Down and press Power.  You should end up in the HBOOT menu
  6. Select Recovery (move down with Volume Down, select with Power button)
  7. You should now see a screen with a red exclaimation mark
  8. Hold down the Volume Up button and press Power
  9. Select apply SD:update.zip